Max von Sydow of The Exorcist Fame Has Passed Away

We say farewell to a prolific actor whose illustrious career and work spanned over six decades.

By Jay Gervais

It is with a heavy heart we must announce the departure of legendary actor Max von Sydow, who passed away on March 8th at the age of 90. His wife, Catherine Brelet, broke the news to the media. We’d like to express our condolences to his family and friends, including his fans and all those who knew him.

In the world of horror, Sydow was known for playing Father Merrin in 1973’s The Exorcist and its sequel, Exorcist II: The Heretic. The film was a critical success and helped propel him to international stardom. With a career spanning over six decades, he was a versatile actor who starred in many films across multiple genres. Some of his other notable works include The Seventh Seal, Conan the Barbarian, 1980’s Flash Gordon, and more recently J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Sydow was also an accomplished voice actor, lending his talents to such projects as Ghostbusters II as the voice of Vigo (not to mention the 2009 Ghostbusters video game as well), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and the Carl Jung: Wisdom of the Dream television mini-series, just to name a few. He has also appeared in HBO’s Game of Thrones, which wrapped up last year, as the Three-Eyed Raven.

Please join us in remembering Max von Sydow. May he rest in peace.

About the Author

Jay Gervais

From small town to big city and back again, Jay was born and raised in Canada and has lived his whole life there. He’s always ready to cut down any misconceptions his American friends have of life in the great white north. He’s also no stranger to this kind of community, and has plenty of experience under his bed. He enjoys all kinds of horror entertainment, as long as it’s got the heart and soul to it. When he’s not doing something here, he can be found at his post at the night’s watch, or knee deep into his school studies.