The legendary actor Max Von Sydow, who has received innumerable honors from the international film community and has been in films for 67 years, is known for his extraordinary collaboration with the great Swedish filmmaker, the late Ingmar Bergman. In 2007, von Sydow received worldwide acclaim for his performance as a grieving father in Julian Schnabel's film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2006) and as a mute grandfather in Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Among the eleven Bergman films in which Von Sydow has starred are the classics The Seventh Seal, The Magician, The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, Hour of the Wolf and Shame, and he appeared in several other Swedish films including The Emigrants and The New Land.
Von Sydow made his film debut in the Swedish film Only A Mother in 1949, and appeared for the first time in a Hollywood film playing Christ in George Stevens' epic, The Greatest Story Ever Told (1962).
He also appeared in such U.S. hits as Hawaii, William Friedkin's The Exorcist, John Huston's The Kremlin Letter, Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor, Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters, David Lynch's Dune, as well as Pelle the Conquerer (for which he recieved an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor), Death Watch, Voyage of the Damned and many, many others.
Max Von Sydow was also seen in Scott Hicks' Snow Falling on Cedars, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, Paul Marcus' Heidi, Eric Emmanuel Schmitt’s Oscar and the Pink Lady, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood.
Von Sydow was born in Lund, Sweden but since 2003 is a French citizen. He attended the Acting Academy at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm, Sweden, from 1948 through 1951, and in 1957 appeared on stage in Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt. Among his other appearances (82 all together) are Swedish productions of Luigi Pirandello's Henry IV, Tennessee Williams' Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Jean Anouilh's Waltz of the Toreadors, Moliere's The Mistanthrope, Jean-Paul Sartre's The Condemned of Altona, Ibsen's The Wild Duck, and many others.
He appeared on Broadway in Night of the Tribades and Duet for One and at London's Old Vic Shakespeare’s The Tempest in the role of Prospero, which he had previously played in Sweden.
In 1984, Max directed the film, Katinka, based on Herman Bang's novel, “Along the Highway.”
Most recently, Max has appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Lor San Tekka and Game of Thrones as the Three-eyed Raven; for which he has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.