On-screen character Max von Sydow, whose vocation extended across seven decades, kicked the bucket Sunday at 90 years old. The impressive Swedish star played the title character in The Exorcist and in excess of 100 different jobs.
In his 20s, close to the beginning of his profession, von Sydow played chess with Death — and lost. Chief Ingmar Bergman had thrown the then-obscure on-screen character as a medieval knight in The Seventh Seal (1957), which is set in a land desolated by the plague. The knight attempts to defer the unavoidable by moving Death to a round of chess. The understanding is that his spirit won’t be asserted for whatever length of time that he can prop the game up.
All things considered, von Sydow propped the game up for a considerable length of time, through a plenty of onscreen lives. Ten other Bergman highlights established his stature on the workmanship house circuit, and many jobs helped make him into a worldwide star. Two of those movies likewise helped make his vocation in English: The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), in which he played Jesus, and Hawaii (1966), in which he played a demure and appropriate minister who is everything except fixed by Julie Andrews before he even sets out on his excursion