Acclaimed Actor Max Von Sydow Passes Away

'Flash Gordon', 'Game of Throne', and 'Star Wars' Actor passes away at age 90.

Acclaimed Swedish born Actor Max Von Sydow has passed away at the grand old age of 90 years old.

The actor’s family announced the news with “A broken heart” earlier today. The actor who had a massive career in film and television died on Sunday 8th March.

Von Sydow was as well known for dramatic roles as he was for various parts that he played in various genre film and television projects. His best-loved turn in science fiction circles was the role of Ming The Merciless, which he played in the 1980s ‘Flash Gordon’ movie, but in recent times he has made an impression on modern fans for his roles in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and of course his turn as The Three-Eyed Raven in ‘Game of Thrones’.

The actor’s other movie credits include roles in ‘Hannah and Her Sisters,’ ‘The Seventh Seal’ and the rather fun and somewhat cheesy ‘Escape To Victory’ in which he starred alongside the likes of Michael Cain and Sylvester Stallone as well as international Football Legends Pele and Bobby Moore to name just a few.

Von Sydow was nominated for two Oscars, which included a Best Actor nod for his role in the 1988 movie ‘Pelle the Conqueror.’ His second Oscar Nod was for Best Supporting Actor in 2011s ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’.

The actor’s career included an extremely fruitful run of 11 movies with legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, including ‘The Seventh Seal’, in which he famously played chess with Death.

When Hollywood came calling. Von Sydow was more than a match for the challenge that Tinseltown presented, but one role he reportedly turned down was that of Captain Von Trapp in ‘The Sound of Music.’ The film that did get him to cross the Atlantic ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ in which he played Jesus, which started off his international acting career and led to other memorable roles such as  Father Lankester Merrin in 1973 horror ‘The Exorcist.’

Of course, fans of science fiction and fantasy will remember him best for films such as ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, ‘Minority Report’, and of course ‘Flash Gordon’, which the actor loved working on.

“I really enjoyed that film. I grew up reading Flash Gordon so it was sort of nostalgic for me,” he once told The Times.

The actor also got to play the evil, but sophisticated Ernst Blofeld in the controversial unofficial James Bond adventure ‘Never Say Never Again.’

Von Sydow is survived by four sons – two with his first wife Christina Inga Britta Olin. In 1997, he married Catherine Brelet in Provence and became a citizen of France five years later, meaning he relinquished his Swedish citizenship.

We at SciFiPulse pass on our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this great actor of cinema.



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