According to his family, actor Max Von Sydow, had sadly passed away on Sunday March 8, 2020. His wife, Catherine, stated to the news, “It is with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain of announcing the departure of Max Von Sydow.”
At this time, the family has not released the cause of death.
Sydow is known famously for his role as Father Lankester Merrin in the 1973 film, The Exorcist. Born in Sweden, he learned English at an early age and after high school, he served in the Swedish Military for two years. After his service was completed, he studied acting at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, where he was trained on stage.
He later appeared in many movies and television shows such as reprising his role as Father Lankester Merrin in, Exorcist II: The Heteric (1977). He also moved on with taking roles in films such as: Never Say Never Again (1983), Needful Things (1993), Judge Dredd (1995), Hercules (1997), Minority Report (2002), Shutter Island (2010) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
In 1974, Sydow was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for his portrayal of Father Merrin in The Exorcist (1973). He was also nominated in 2016 for a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Guest Actor – Drama series in the fantasy series, Game of Thrones.
The Associated Press once stated that he was often typecast in Hollywood as the sophisticated villain because he was, “tall and lanky, with sullen blue eyes, a narrow face, pale complexion and a deep and accented speaking voice.”
Tributes to the late actor on Twitter:
He will be sadly missed by family, friends and fans…