Max von Sydow

1929 - 2020

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Max von Sydow (, Swedish: [fɔn ˈsy̌ːdɔv] ; born Carl Adolf von Sydow; 10 April 1929 – 8 March 2020) was a Swedish-French actor. He had a 70-year career in European and American cinema, television, and theatre, appearing in more than 150 films and several television series in multiple languages. Capable in roles ranging from stolid, contemplative protagonists to sardonic artists and menacing, often gleeful villains, von Sydow received numerous accolades including honors from the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Max von Sydow has received more than 9,461,322 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia. Max von Sydow is the 172nd most popular actor (down from 124th in 2019), the 54th most popular biography from Sweden (down from 34th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Swedish Actor.

Max von Sydow is most famous for his role as Father Merrin in The Exorcist.

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  • 9.5M

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  • 68.88

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  • 65

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.82

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.62

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among actors, Max von Sydow ranks 172 out of 13,578Before him are Jared Leto, Richard Harris, Russell Crowe, Geraldine Chaplin, Christoph Waltz, and Sharon Stone. After him are Julia Roberts, Fred Astaire, Stellan Skarsgård, Ornella Muti, Peter Ustinov, and Gary Oldman.

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Among people born in 1929, Max von Sydow ranks 23Before him are Michael Ende, Jean Baudrillard, Frank Gehry, Oriana Fallaci, Peter Higgs, and Mohamed Al-Fayed. After him are Sándor Kocsis, Christopher Plummer, Djalma Santos, Tigran Petrosian, James Hong, and Sam Nujoma. Among people deceased in 2020, Max von Sydow ranks 12Before him are Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Pierre Cardin, Qaboos bin Said al Said, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Qasem Soleimani, and Alan Parker. After him are Olivia de Havilland, Paolo Rossi, Michel Piccoli, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and Katherine Johnson.

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In Sweden

Among people born in Sweden, Max von Sydow ranks 54 out of 1,879Before him are Gunnar Myrdal (1898), Carl Larsson (1853), Eric XIV of Sweden (1533), Raoul Wallenberg (1912), Benny Andersson (1946), and Gustaf Dalén (1869). After him are Stellan Skarsgård (1951), Astrid of Sweden (1905), Anita Ekberg (1931), Björn Ulvaeus (1945), Gunnar Nordahl (1921), and Folke Bernadotte (1895).

Among ACTORS In Sweden

Among actors born in Sweden, Max von Sydow ranks 3Before him are Ingrid Bergman (1915), and Greta Garbo (1905). After him are Stellan Skarsgård (1951), Anita Ekberg (1931), Dolph Lundgren (1957), Bibi Andersson (1935), Peter Stormare (1953), Ingrid Thulin (1926), Harriet Andersson (1932), Erland Josephson (1923), and Björn Andrésen (1955).

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