Game of Thrones actor Max von Sydow passes away at the age of 90

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The veteran actor is known for his association with Bergman, as well as franchises like The Simpsons and Game of Thrones

Max von Sydow and his wife producer Catherine Brelet (left) (AFP)

Paris: Renowned actor Max von Sydow, popularly known for his iconic role in Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal and the role of Three-Eyed Raven in the Game Of Thrones, passed away in France. He was 90 years old.

The Swedish-born actor starred in several classic films by Bergman and later appeared in major Hollywood productions. In a career that spanned more than five decades, the actor appeared in many movies such as the Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Shutter Island.

“It is with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain of announcing the departure of Max von Sydow” on Sunday, the statement confirming his death said.

With chiseled features and piercing eyes, von Sydow became a recognisable face -- if not a household name -- during an extraordinarily varied career.

His career began in the early 1950s on the theatre stages of Stockholm and then Malmo, where he met the man who would help forge his career, the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.

It is von Sydow's collaboration with Bergman in arthouse films -- now seen by many critics as all-time cinema classics -- that will likely be most remembered from his varied career.

In one of the most memorable scenes in the history of cinema, he played the knight who has a chess game with death on a lonely beach in The Seventh Seal, from 1957.

Von Sydow appeared in numerous other Bergman films, notably The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly as well as the English-language The Touch in which he starred alongside American actor Elliott Gould.

He also worked with fellow Scandinavian acting great Liv Ullmann on Jan Troell's 1971 masterpiece The Emigrants about a group of impoverished Swedes moving to the United States which received several Oscar nominations.

One of his final roles was as a stern Russian admiral in Thomas Vinterberg's 2018 English-language film about the 2000 Kursk Russian submarine disaster.

He took French citizenship in 2002 and renounced his Swedish nationality.

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