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The Exorcist Legend Max von Sydow Dies Aged 90

Rest in Peace Max von Sydow

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It’s a sad day in Hollywood as The Exorcist favourite Max von Sydow has sadly passed away at the age of 90. While the Swedish actor has already made a name for himself by starring in the likes of The Seventh Seal (1957), he cemented himself as a horror icon thanks to his role as Father Lankester Merrin in The Exorcist.

Max von Sydow is survived by wife Catherine Brelet, who told Paris Match: “It is with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain of announcing the departure of Max von Sydow on 8 March 2020.”

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Twitter was soon flooded with tributes to the star. Among his mourners were the likes of Mia Farrow, Kevin Smith, and Bloody Disgusting’s John Squires.

Although Max von Sydow will always be the titular exorcist of William Friedkin’s movie, others will know him from a variety of projects. He notably played the villainous Ming the Merciless in camp classic, Flash Gordon.

In more recent years, von Sydow had a small part in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and played the Three-Eyed Raven in HBO’s Game of Thrones. Still, with his role as the aged Father Merrin earning him a Golden Globe nomination, von Sydow’s role in The Exorcist holds a place in our hearts.


Max von Sydow was born Born in Lund, Sweden on April 10, 1929. He studied at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and made his acting debut in 1949’s Only a Mother (directed by Alf Sjöberg’s). Von Sydow met legendary director Ingmar Bergman in 1955 and starred in several of his movies — including The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries. Sydow worked up until the end of his life and starred in over would go on to work on more than 160 movies, series, and video games.

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