awards & nominations

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)

Max von Sydow as "The Renter"

Oskar (Thomas Horn), who lost his father (Tom Hanks) in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, is convinced that his dad left a final message for him somewhere in the city. Upon finding a mysterious key in his father's closet, Oskar sets out in search of the lock it fits. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother (Sandra Bullock) and driven by a tirelessly active mind, Oskar has a journey of discovery that takes him beyond his loss and leads to a greater understanding of the world.

Academy Award (2011)NominatedActor in a Supporting Role

Pelle the Conqueror (1988)

Max von Sydow as "Lassefar"

When his wife dies, Lassefar (Max von Sydow) takes his 12-year-old son, Pelle (Pelle Hvenegaard), from their home in Sweden to Denmark in search of a better life. Signing on as laborers at a large farm, father and son undergo numerous trials, including prejudice against immigrants and run-ins with those more powerful than themselves in both the physical and the social sense. Over the course of a year, young Pelle learns what it takes to survive in a harsh and unforgiving world.

Academy Award (1988)NominatedActor in a Leading Role
Guldbagge Award (1988)WonBest Actor
Robert Award (1988)WonBest Actor in a Leading Role

The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen (1973)

Max von Sydow as "Father Lankester Merrin"

One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd -- levitating, speaking in tongues -- her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest (Jason Miller), however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

Golden Globe (1973)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Hawaii (1966)

Max von Sydow as "Rev. Abner Hale"

During the 1820s, a domineering young minister, Abner Hale (Max von Sydow), and his compassionate wife, Jerusha (Julie Andrews), embark on a dangerous sea voyage to Hawaii. When they arrive, Jerusha befriends the Hawaiian people and embraces their customs and culture, while Abner, intent on converting them to Christianity, views them as pagan savages. Jerusha grows unhappy with her marriage and begins to fall for Rafer Hoxworth (Richard Harris), a past lover.

Golden Globe (1966)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama