Max Van Sydow, From ‘The Exorcist,’ ‘Star Wars,’ And ‘Game Of Thrones,’ Has Died At 90

Max von Sydow, the legendary Swedish actor from film classics The Seventh Seal and The Exorcist, as well as recent genre fare like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Game of Thrones, has died at the age of 90. “It’s with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain of announcing the departure of Max von Sydow on March 8, 2020,” his widow, French documentary filmmaker and producer Catherine von Sydow, wrote in a statement released to the public on Monday.

Born in Lund, Sweden, in 1940, von Sydow’s remarkably long career stretches back to the 1940s. But his breakthrough performance came in 1957’s The Seventh Seal, the first of his 11 films with director Ingmar Bergman. In it, he plays a game of Chess against Death personified — it’s great. von Sydow would later be nominated for two Oscars, Best Actor for Pelle the Conqueror and Best Supporting Actor for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (he lost both), and should have been nominated for portraying Father Lankester Merrin in The Exorcist. He’s perhaps best known to contemporary audiences as Lor San Tekka in The Force Awakens and the wise Three-Eyed Raven in Game of Thrones, and like every famous person ever, voiced a character on The Simpsons. (He’s also the terrifying voice of Vigo the Carpathian from Ghostbusters II!)

“Max Von Sydow, such an iconic presence in cinema for seven decades, it seemed like he’d always be with us. He changed the face of international film with Bergman, played Christ, fought the devil, pressed the HOT HAIL button & was Oscar nominated for a silent performance. A god,” Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright wrote on Twitter, one of the many tributes to von Sydow on social media.

(Via the Hollywood Reporter)