Photo of Max von Sydow Max von Sydow

One of the few actors to play both God (The Greatest Story Ever Told) and the devil (Needful Things), Max von Sydow has imposed his stern presence on a variety of characters over his long film career. Born April 19, 1929, in Lund, Sweden, von Sydow studied at the Royal Dramatic School in Stockholm before making his screen debut in 1949's Only a Mother.

After working with Ingmar Bergman in theater during the mid-'50s, von Sydow landed a starring role in the director's The Seventh Seal (1957) -- the first of more than a dozen films they would make together, including Wild Strawberries, The Virgin Spring and Winter Light.

Von Sydow quickly found his way into American films as well, providing notable performances in films as diverse as Hawaii, The Exorcist and 2002's Minority Report. Von Sydow received an Oscar nomination for his performance in 1987's Pelle the Conqueror.

Max von Sydow in Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens

2015 PG-13

Extending the Star Wars epic's historical arc and set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, this full-throttle adventure features familiar faces and new characters, including planetary scavenger Rey and incomparable X-wing pilot Poe.

  • Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Max von Sydow in Shutter Island Shutter Island
  • Max von Sydow in Three Days of the Condor Three Days of the Condor
  • Max von Sydow in What Dreams May Come What Dreams May Come
  • Max von Sydow in Solomon Kane Solomon Kane
  • Max von Sydow in Awakenings Awakenings
  • Max von Sydow in Minority Report Minority Report
  • Max von Sydow in Dune Dune
  • Max von Sydow in The Seventh Seal The Seventh Seal
  • Max von Sydow in Through a Glass Darkly Through a Glass Darkly
  • Max von Sydow in Robin Hood Robin Hood
  • Max von Sydow in Wild Strawberries Wild Strawberries
  • Max von Sydow in The Final Inquiry The Final Inquiry
  • Max von Sydow in The Letters The Letters
  • Max von Sydow in Strange Brew Strange Brew
  • Max von Sydow in The Greatest Story Ever Told The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Max von Sydow in Winter Light Winter Light
  • Max von Sydow in The Exorcist The Exorcist
  • Max von Sydow in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Max von Sydow in Autumn Hearts: A New Beginning Autumn Hearts: A New Beginning
  • Max von Sydow in Victory Victory
  • Max von Sydow in Hannah and Her Sisters Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Max von Sydow in The Exorcist: The Extended Director's Cut The Exorcist: The Extended Director's Cut
  • Max von Sydow in The Exorcist 2: The Heretic The Exorcist 2: The Heretic
  • Max von Sydow in Heidi Heidi
  • Max von Sydow in Rush Hour 3 Rush Hour 3
  • Max von Sydow in Dreamscape Dreamscape
  • Max von Sydow in Europa Europa
  • Max von Sydow in Snow Falling on Cedars Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Max von Sydow in Intacto Intacto
  • Max von Sydow in Branded Branded
  • Max von Sydow in Conan the Barbarian Conan the Barbarian
  • Max von Sydow in Citizen X Citizen X
  • Max von Sydow in Judge Dredd Judge Dredd
  • Max von Sydow in Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King
  • Max von Sydow in The Magician The Magician
  • Max von Sydow in Steppenwolf Steppenwolf
  • Max von Sydow in The Soldier's Tale The Soldier's Tale
  • Max von Sydow in Pelle the Conqueror Pelle the Conqueror
  • Max von Sydow in A Kiss Before Dying A Kiss Before Dying
  • Max von Sydow in March or Die March or Die
  • Max von Sydow in The Virgin Spring The Virgin Spring
  • Max von Sydow in The Last Place on Earth The Last Place on Earth
  • Max von Sydow in Hamsun Hamsun
  • Max von Sydow in Sleepless Sleepless