Max played the part of Admiral Chervanin in the film 'Hostile Waters (TV movie)


Date of birth 10th April 1929

Place of Birth Lund, Skåne län, Sweden

Birth name Carl Adolf Von Sydow

Height 6' 3½" (1.92 m


Max was born to a middle-class family on April 10, 1929 in Lund, southern Sweden . Both of his parents were from the world of academics.  As a child, Max was very shy, and like so many other actors, turned to acting.  At age fifteen, he and his fellow high school students saw a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Encouraged by this performance, von Sydow and his friends formed an amateur theatre group, and they began performing the works of August Strindberg and [Hjalmar] Bergman. When he graduated from high school, von Sydow spent a year doing mandatory military service. His rank: Quartermaster.   From 1948 to 1951, von Sydow was a student at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre.

Max made his feature film debut as Nils in Only a Mother. This opportunity came after a rejection from none other than Ingmar Bergman, who was casting extras for his film Prison.

The film, Flash Gordon had Max playing the part of The Emperor Ming.