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WATCH: Oscar Nominee and Swedish Film Legend Max von Sydow on CBS This Morning

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 18, 2012 at 8:11PM

Swedish actor Max von Sydow first came to international attention in 1957 in Ingmar Bergman's inky and austere "The Seventh Seal" as Antonius Block, a man who, while questioning life, death and the existence of God, also gets to play chess with the Grim Reaper.
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Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

Swedish actor Max von Sydow first came to international attention in 1957 in Ingmar Bergman's inky and austere "The Seventh Seal" as Antonius Block, a man who, while questioning life, death and the existence of God, also gets to play chess with the Grim Reaper. It was a tall order for the 28-year-old actor, but he made the role iconic.

In 2012, at the age of 82, he has been nominated for his second Oscar for "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close." His role in the film is completely wordless. Watch the profile below from CBS This Morning on an actor who has never shied away from daunting roles. (TOH!'s interview is here.)


 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.