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MAX VON SYDOW (The Renter) is a legendary actor who has received innumerable honors from the international film community. He has appeared in films for more than 60 years, and is known for his extraordinary collaboration with the great Swedish filmmaker, the late Ingmar Bergman. Among the eleven Bergman films in which von Sydow starred are the classics "The Seventh Seal,” "The Magician,” "The Virgin Spring,” "Through a Glass Darkly,” "Hour of the Wolf” and "Shame.” He also appeared in several other Swedish films, including "The Emigrants” and "The New Land.”

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.” He also appeared in such hits as "Pelle the Conqueror,” for which he received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor; "Hawaii”; William Friedkin's "The Exorcist”; John Huston's "The Kremlin Letter”; Sydney Pollack's "Three Days of the Condor”; Dave Thomas' and Rick Moranis' "Strange Brew”; Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters”; David Lynch's "Dune”; "Death Watch”; and "Voyage of the Damned.” In 1993, he played the devil in Fraser Heston's film based on Stephen King's "Needful Things,” which made him the only actor in the world to have played Lucifer, an Exorcist and Jesus Christ. He also starred in Scott Hicks' "Snow Falling on Cedars”; Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report”; Paul Marcus's "Heidi”; Eric Emmanuel Schmitt's "Oscar and the Pink Lady”; Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island”; and Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood.”

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.” In 1988, von Sydow directed the film "Katinka,” based on Herman Bang's novel, "Along the Highway.”

Born in Lund, Sweden, he attended the Acting Academy at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm from 1948 through 1951, and in 1957 appeared on stage in Henrik Ibsen's "Peer Gynt.” Among his other stage 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 Misanthrope,” Jean-Paul Sartre's "The Condemned of Altona” and Ibsen's "The Wild Duck.”

He appeared on Broadway in "Night of the Tribades” and "Duet for One,” and at London's Old Vic in Shakespeare's "The Tempest,” in the role of Prospero, which he had previously played in Sweden.

In 2003, he became a French citizen. In 2005, he received the honor of being Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres and in 2011 the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur. He lives in Paris with his wife, Catherine, a film documentary director.

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