Legendary actor Max Von Sydow has died at the age of 90. His family announced that the Swedish-born actor died on Sunday.
His roles in film are numerous and long-lasting. He started out with 1949’s Only A Mother, then became a breakout sensation in the 1957 classic The Seventh Seal. His many characters include Jesus Christ in The Greatest Story Ever Told, Father Lankester Merrin in The Exorcist, Ming the Merciless in Flash Gordon, and Brewmeister Smith in Strange Brew.
His video game VO roles are also noteworthy. He reprised his role as Vigo in Ghostbusters: The Video Game and Lor San Tekka in Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and voices Esbern in Skyrim.
Whether he plays a villain or a venerable old man, the fact remains: he brought gravitas and dignity to whatever he stars in. Rest in peace, good sir; you’ve done the world of pop culture and cinema proud.
The legendary actor who gave us both Brewmeister Smith and Ming the Merciless has finally laid down his King in the eternal chess match. Farewell, Max von Sydow. You were in many much more respected movies than Strange Brew and Flash Gordon but I loved you for those flicks first. https://t.co/ltytehF5Rm
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) March 9, 2020
Farewell, Max von Sydow, an actor who could bring great gravity to weightless junk, and quick, unpredictable humanity to, well, very grave films. His run of collaborations with Bergman have so much more life and electricity than the dour reputation with which people tag them.
— Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) March 9, 2020
Max Von Sydow, such an iconic presence in cinema for seven decades, it seemed like he'd always be with us. He changed the face of international film with Bergman, played Christ, fought the devil, pressed the HOT HAIL button & was Oscar nominated for a silent performance. A god. pic.twitter.com/klhJ9RusdQ
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) March 9, 2020