Max Carl Adolf von Sydow was born on April 10, 1939 in Lund, Skåne län to a middle-class family, his father was an ethnologist. When he was in high school, he and a few fellow students, including Yvonne Lombard, started a theatre club which encouraged his interest in acting. After conscription, he began to study at the Royal Dramatic Theatre's acting school (1948-1951), together with Lars Ekborg, Margaretha Krook and Ingrid Thulin. His first role was as Nils the crofter in Alf Sjöberg's “Only a Mother” (1949). After graduation, he worked at the city theatres in Norrköping and Malmö. His work in the movies by Ingmar Bergman made him well-known internationally, and he started to get offers from abroad. His career abroad began with “The Greatest Story Ever Told” (1965) and “Hawaii” (1966). Since then, his career includes very different kind of characters, like Emperor Ming in “Flash Gordon” (1980) or the artist Frederick in Hannah and “Her Sisters” (1986). In 1987, he made his directing debut with “Katinka” (1988). He has become one of Sweden's most admired and professional actors.
Max appeared in two Euro-westerns “The Emigrants” (1971) alongside actress Liv Ullmann and the sequel “The New Land” (1972).
Today we celebrate Max von Sydow’s 85th birthday.