Actor Max Von Sydow passes away at 90.
Actor Max Von Sydow passes away at 90.

Sad news for the pop culture world today as we learn veteran actor Max von Sydow passed away at the age of 90. The Swedish actor lent his talents to many of the best and iconic pop culture, games and TV series in existence. No cause of death was given.

“It is with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain of announcing the departure of Max von Sydow.”

Catherine, his wife

Max von Sydow: That was him?

Max von Sydow as Liet Kynes in 1984's Dune, alongside actors Jurgen Prochnow, Patrick Stewart and Kyle McLaughlin.
Max von Sydow as Dr. Liet Kynes in 1984’s Dune, alongside actors Jurgen Prochnow, Patrick Stewart and Kyle McLaughlin.

There are acting careers, and then there’s Max von Sydow’s acting career, spanning eight decades. His first role being in 1949. From there, his IMdB credits are pages of characters fans will recognize. Most recently, you’ve seen him as Lor San Tekka in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the Three-Eyed Raven in Game of Thrones, but that just scratches the surface of the roles he had in the pop culture world.

Max von Sydow as Judge Fargo, 1995's Judge Dredd
von Sydow as Judge Fargo, 1995’s Judge Dredd

Other roles include parts in Ghostbusters II, Conan the Barbarian, Judge Dredd, Solomon Kane, Robin Hood, The Wolfman, The Simpsons (yes, he was in an episode), Shutter Island, Minority Report, The Tudors, Flash Gordon, Strange Brew, Dreamscape, Dune, and the list goes on. Some of his more major roles were as Father Merrin from 1973’s The Exorcist, Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in 1983’s Never Say Never Again, Ming the Merciless in 1980’s Flash Gordon, and in the gaming world, Esbern in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Max von Sydow as Esbern in Skyrim
Esbern in Skyrim

“Don’t you understand the danger? Don’t you understand what the return of the dragons means? Alduin has returned! The World-Eater! Even now, he devours the souls of your fallen comrades! He grows more powerful with every soldier slain in your pointless war! Can you not put aside your hatred for even one moment in the face of this mortal danger?”

Esbern, Elder Nord and one of the last remaining Blades

Farewell to yet another king

King Osric, 1981's Conan the Barbarian
Max von Sydow as King Osric, 1981’s Conan the Barbarian

Earlier this year, we lost the world’s greatest drummer in Neil Peart from Rush. Many of his tributes online read “Farewell to a king”. Max is worthy of the same sendoff because of the role I’ll always remember him for: King Osric from Conan the Barbarian. From all of your fans here at That Hashtag Show, Godspeed Max, and farewell to a king.

Source: Max von Sydow’s IMdB