09 March 2020

Max von Sydow RIP

Actor Max von Sydow has died at the age of 90.

His performance in The Seventh Seal ensures his cinematic immortality. It’s one of the greatest films ever made, and von Sydow was perfect in it.

But like many others of my generation and interests, my first exposure to von Sydow’s acting was in Conan the Barbarian, in which he played the bitter King Osric. (Shortly afterwards, he played the evil Brewmeister Smith of Elsinore Brewery in the Canadian film Strange Brew, which, as the name of the brewery indicates, was loosely based on Hamlet.)



  1. I did not realize he was in Strange Brew. I only saw it once way, way back in my teenage years.

  2. My favorite movie of his was Flash Gordon.

  3. Damn. Hadn't heard this. A fantastic actor with a wonderful body of work.


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