The legendary actor MAX VON SYDOW (Dr. Naehring), who has received
innumerable honors from the international film community and has been in films
for 60 years, is known for his extraordinary collaboration with the great Swedish
filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. Among the 11 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.
He also appeared in such 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 and David Lynch's Dune, as well as Pelle the
Conquerer (for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Academy AwardÂ®), Death
Watch, Voyage of the Damned and many, many others.
More recently, von Sydow was seen in Scott Hicks' Snow Falling on Cedars,
Steven Spielberg's Minority Report and Paul Marcus' Heidi and received worldwide
acclaim for his performance as a grieving father in Julian Schnabel's film The Diving
Bell and the Butterfly. He will next be seen in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood.
He was born in Lund, Sweden and attended the Acting Academy at the
Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm, Sweden from 1948 through 1951, when he
appeared on stage in Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt. Among his other appearances 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 in the role of Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest, which he had
played in Sweden.
In 1988, he directed the film Katinka, based on Herman Bang's novel Along
He currently lives in Paris with his wife, Catherine, a filmmaker.
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