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Biography #2 (for Rush Hour 3)

The legendary Swedish-born actor Max von Sydow met his mentor, Ingmar Bergman, in 1955, and delivered unforgettable performances in such landmark films as The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries and The Virgin Spring. Thanks to his superb acting in these and other Swedish films, Max von Sydow soon became an icon to film aficionados around the world.

After long resisting all overtures from Hollywood, in 1965 he agreed to star in George Stevens' Biblical epic, The Greatest Story Ever Told, a decision that would firmly establish his presence on the English-language screen and launch a long and illustrious international career.

Since the mid-1960s, von Sydow has been a familiar face in American films, while maintaining a busy career in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe. Although his deep voice and imposing appearance have often landed him roles as villains, including Lamar Burgess in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, he has also played many memorably sympathetic characters such as Nels Gudmundsson in Snow Falling on Cedars and the tragic Lassefar in Pelle the Conqueror, a performance that earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. In 2005, he was awarded France's highest honour by the Minister of Culture Commandeur des Arts et Lettres.

Bio courtesy New Line Cinema for "Rush Hour 3" (16-Sep-2007)


Biography #3 (for Intacto)

Max von Sydow became best known playing tormented protagonists in a number of director Ingmar Bergman's best-known features, including The Seventh Seal (1957). He was cast as Christ in George Stevens' biblical epic The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) and has enjoyed international star status ever since.

A classically trained actor who studied at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theater School, Von Sydow won his first film role in Only A Mother (1949) but spent the first half of the 1950s perfecting his craft on stage. He appeared in a number of Bergman films in the late 1950s and 1960s, including Wild Strawberries, The Magician, Brink Of Life, The Virgin Spring, Through A Glass Darkly, Hour Of The Wolf, Shame, The Passion Of Anna and The Touch.

From 1966, von Sydow was cast to appear in many American and English-language films including The Quiller Memorandum, Hawaii, Steppenwolf, Three Days Of The Condor and Hurricane.

He starred in Jan Troell's epic two-part feature The Emigrants and The New Land and in 1973 made a vivid impression as Father Merrin, the title character in the Exorcist, also appearing in Exorcist II, The Heretic.

During the 1980's he worked almost constantly on a wide variety of projects from high, wrenching dramas like Pelle The Conqueror (for which he earned an Oscar nomination for his characterization of the father), to the hallucinatory comedy Strange Brew, and in 1988 he made his directorial debut with Katinka (which earned him a Guldbagge Award for Best Director).

Recent films include Wim Wender's Until The End Of The World and Best Intentions, (as Ingmar Bergman's grandfather). In 1993 he played the Devil in the Stephen King saga Needful Things making him the only actor in memory to have played Lucifer, an exorcist, and Jesus Christ.

Bio courtesy Lionsgate Films for "Intacto" (07-Oct-2002)


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