On Sunday, famous screen and tv actor Max von Sydow passed away at the age of 90, his household has announced. He played the Three-Eyed Raven on Game of Thrones season 6, for which he snatched a Best Guest Actor Emmy nomination.
Throughout his long and storied career, the Swedish-born star took on a wide range of functions. He played chess with Death in director Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, Jesus Christ in The Greatest Story Ever Told, Father Lankester Merrin in The Exorcist, Ming the Merciless in Flash Gordon, and Liet Kynes in David Lynch’s Dune. He was a Bond bad guy in Never Say Never Again, a judge in Judge Dredd, a lord in director Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, a corrupt police officer in Minority Report, and even had a small role as the Force-mystic Lor San Tekka in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Being involved with so many various type of projects, the depth of his ability as an actor speaks for itself.
Von Sydow was nominated for 2 Academy Awards, one for Best Actor for his function as Lassefar Karlsson in Pelle the Conqueror, and the other for Best Supporting Actor for his function as The Renter in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
It’s hard for me to choose among von Sydow’s roles as my preferred, so I won’t even try it, but I did love him in everything I saw him in. He constantly raised the bar for whatever he dealt with.
Max von Sydow!!! The Godfather of acting!!!
— Pilou Asbaek (@PilouAsbaek) March 9, 2020
That stated, I absolutely found him to be fascinating as the Three-Eyed Raven in just 3 episodes of Game of Thrones. He provided a nuanced efficiency for a character who has yet to be fleshed out in George R.R. Martin’s books. That was his last look on tv.