Swedish-born actor Max von Sydow. He has also held Frenchcitizenship since 2002. He has starred in many movieshad supporting roles in dozens more. He has performed in movies filmed in many languages, including Swedish, Norwegian, English, Italian, German, Danish, FrenchSpanish.
Von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydowto a wealthy family in Lund, Sk?ne, Sweden. His father, Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, was an ethnologistprofessor of Irish, Scinavian comparative folklore at the University of Lund. His mother, Baroness Greta (née Rappe), was a school teacher.Von Sydow was brought up as a Lutheranlater became an agnostic.
He attended the Cathedral School of Lund,learned GermanEnglish starting at the age of nine. At school, hesome friends founded an amateur theatre company, where his acting career began. He completed National Service before going on to study at The Royal Dramatic Theatre ("Dramaten") in Stockholm, where he trained between 19481951 with the likes of Lars Ekborg, Margaretha KrookIngrid Thulin. During his time at Dramaten, he made his screen debut in Alf Sj?bergs films Only a Mother (Bara en mor, 1949),Miss Julie (Fr?ken Julie, 1951), a screen version of Swedish playwright August Strindbergs well known play.