Happy Birthday Max von Sydow, turns 80

World renowned actor Max von Sydow was just 42 years old when he began production on The Exorcist, bringing the character of Father Merrin to life. Famously aged by make-up artist Dick Smith to look many years older, Max delivered one of the finest performances of his stellar career.

Today, Max von Sydow turns 80 years old.  Happy Birthday Max, and thank you, sincerely, for your interpretation and performance as Father Merrin all those years ago and congratulations on a fantastic career.

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  • Witch of Endor

    Is the bottom picture recent? He doesn’t look 80yo to me!

  • Witch of Endor

    Is the bottom picture recent? He doesn’t look 80yo to me!

  • fatherbowdern

    Witch, have you ever tried Google or Yahoo to search for images? I just searched and found dozens of images that are current. Here’s an example of Max today: http://www.magixl.com/cliparts/jpg/cinema_hollywood_actors/max_von_sydow.jpg

    Enjoy!

    Father Bowdern

  • fatherbowdern

    Witch, have you ever tried Google or Yahoo to search for images? I just searched and found dozens of images that are current. Here’s an example of Max today: http://www.magixl.com/cliparts/jpg/cinema_hollywood_actors/max_von_sydow.jpg

    Enjoy!

    Father Bowdern

  • http://reelthinker.com Captain_Howdy

    Of course the bottom picture is taken around the time Sydow starred in The Exorcist, during the 70s.

  • http://www.captainhowdy.com Captain Howdy

    Of course the bottom picture is taken around the time Sydow starred in The Exorcist, during the 70s.

  • Witch of Endor

    Hmmm. Just a suggestion, but wouldn’t it had been apropos to have a comparison shot between when he starred in the film a photo of how he looked a year or so before he died. (not asking for a death bed pix or anything)

  • Witch of Endor

    Hmmm. Just a suggestion, but wouldn’t it had been apropos to have a comparison shot between when he starred in the film a photo of how he looked a year or so before he died. (not asking for a death bed pix or anything)

  • fatherbowdern

    Witch, the more your write, the more I dislike you. Why can’t you READ the fucking comments before taking snipes at everyone including the host of this site? You, my friend, are absolutely mentally challenged. The Cap NEVER wrote Max is DEAD … he wrote Max turned 80, you idiot! How you ignorantly interpreted, “Happy Birthday Max von Sydow, turns 80,” into a DEAD Max von Sydow is really grating. Again, Google or Yahoo something for Christ’s sake instead of bitching … that would be more “apropos” than your asinine comments and suggestions, you fool. Grow up and ADD something to the site instead of whiny bullshit.

  • fatherbowdern

    Witch, the more you write, the more I dislike you. Why can’t you READ the fucking comments before taking snipes at everyone including the host of this site? You, my friend, are absolutely mentally challenged. The Cap NEVER wrote Max is DEAD … he wrote Max turned 80, you idiot! How you ignorantly interpreted, “Happy Birthday Max von Sydow, turns 80,” into a DEAD Max von Sydow is really grating. Again, Google or Yahoo something for Christ’s sake instead of bitching … that would be more “apropos” than your asinine comments and suggestions, you fool. Grow up and ADD something to the site instead of whiny bullshit.

  • fatherbowdern

    Witch, the more your write, the more I dislike you. Why can’t you READ the fucking comments before taking snipes at everyone including the host of this site? You, my friend, are absolutely mentally challenged. The Cap NEVER wrote Max is DEAD … he wrote Max turned 80, you idiot! How you ignorantly interpreted, “Happy Birthday Max von Sydow, turns 80,” into a DEAD Max von Sydow is really grating. Again, Google or Yahoo something for Christ’s sake instead of bitching … that would be more “apropos” than your asinine comments and suggestions, you fool. Grow up and ADD something to the site instead of whiny bullshit.

  • fatherbowdern

    Witch, the more you write, the more I dislike you. Why can’t you READ the fucking comments before taking snipes at everyone including the host of this site? You, my friend, are absolutely mentally challenged. The Cap NEVER wrote Max is DEAD … he wrote Max turned 80, you idiot! How you ignorantly interpreted, “Happy Birthday Max von Sydow, turns 80,” into a DEAD Max von Sydow is really grating. Again, Google or Yahoo something for Christ’s sake instead of bitching … that would be more “apropos” than your asinine comments and suggestions, you fool. Grow up and ADD something to the site instead of whiny bullshit.

  • http://www.theninthconfiguration.com/ Ryan

    I have to agree with fatherbowdern here.

  • http://www.theninthconfiguration.com Ryan

    I have to agree with fatherbowdern here.

  • Witch of Endor

    Bulp. Sorry for the error. I must had been half asleep. Don’t know where the death-bed thing came from. All I really meant is wouldn’t it be nice to see a picture of 80-year-old Sydow compared with Sydow made-up to look 80 in the Exorcist. I have seen similar comparisons between William Shatner and his make-up job in The Deadly Years. And yes, I’m admit I made a mistake here.

  • Witch of Endor

    Bulp. Sorry for the error. I must had been half asleep. Don’t know where the death-bed thing came from. All I really meant is wouldn’t it be nice to see a picture of 80-year-old Sydow compared with Sydow made-up to look 80 in the Exorcist. I have seen similar comparisons between William Shatner and his make-up job in The Deadly Years. And yes, I’m admit I made a mistake here.

  • fatherbowdern

    Witch, it appears you need to stay on The Deadly Years’ website to moan and groan there. NOW your comment is so far off base by making comparative analytical purviews between two websites that you sound like you’re about, oh, 9-years-old, perhaps. This is NOT YOUR website only. It’s really OUR website hosted by the Cap. Stop bitching! And again, have you ever tried Google or Yahoo to search for images or pertinent web pages? I really like our host here a lot, but I have yet to expect him to read my mind on what should or should not be on main page posts nor to create those posts to my exact specifications. That’s called “editorial bias” and you need to quit nitpicking on every fucking entry. ADD SOMETHING CREATIVE RATHER THAN YOUR NEFARIOUS COMMENTS AND OPINIONS!

  • fatherbowdern

    Witch, it appears you need to stay on The Deadly Years’ website to moan and groan there. NOW your comment is so far off base by making comparative analytical purviews between two websites that you sound like you’re about, oh, 9-years-old, perhaps. This is NOT YOUR website only. It’s really OUR website hosted by the Cap. Stop bitching! And again, have you ever tried Google or Yahoo to search for images or pertinent web pages? I really like our host here a lot, but I have yet to expect him to read my mind on what should or should not be on main page posts nor to create those posts to my exact specifications. That’s called “editorial bias” and you need to quit nitpicking on every fucking entry. ADD SOMETHING CREATIVE RATHER THAN YOUR NEFARIOUS COMMENTS AND OPINIONS!

  • http://reelthinker.com Captain_Howdy

    fatherbowdern, it was an honest suggestion from Witch, who also admitted they made a mistake in their last comment. No need to harp on it, let’s just cool it off a little, please.

  • http://www.captainhowdy.com Captain Howdy

    fatherbowdern, it was an honest suggestion from Witch, who also admitted they made a mistake in their last comment. No need to harp on it, let’s just cool it off a little, please.

  • fatherbowdern

    Cap, are you actually reading your own website blogs AND catching the comments from Witch? As the host, you need not monitor my comments and take retaliatory actions (this is not a “Father Knows Best” site). In fact, this is actually the second time for you to take snipes at me and, quite frankly, your comments typically reside in the realm of taking sides versus having an open mind in a few cases.

    If you choose to eliminate me from your website because I’m pointing out one of your habitual flaws, have at it. However, remove all of my comments and all of the other many contributions I’ve made. If not, quite choosing one evil over another and decide to read what’s actually going on before defending who you deem as the “meek and mild” in need of defense. Be fair, dude … others “harp”, too on here, trust me. I’m at least one person who contributes here (take a look at my past postings).

    Peace Out,

    FB

  • fatherbowdern

    Cap, are you actually reading your own website blogs AND catching the comments from Witch? As the host, you need not monitor my comments and take retaliatory actions (this is not a “Father Knows Best” site). In fact, this is actually the second time for you to take snipes at me and, quite frankly, your comments typically reside in the realm of taking sides versus having an open mind in a few cases.

    If you choose to eliminate me from your website because I’m pointing out one of your habitual flaws, have at it. However, remove all of my comments and all of the other many contributions I’ve made. If not, quite choosing one evil over another and decide to read what’s actually going on before defending who you deem as the “meek and mild” in need of defense. Be fair, dude … others “harp”, too on here, trust me. I’m at least one person who contributes here (take a look at my past postings).

    Peace Out,

    FB

  • http://reelthinker.com Captain_Howdy

    father, I seem to have offended you. For that, I apologize publicly. Your contribution here is invaluable, I’m well aware of that. I will close comments on this post and IM you personally to discuss further.

  • http://www.captainhowdy.com Captain Howdy

    father, I seem to have offended you. For that, I apologize publicly. Your contribution here is invaluable, I’m well aware of that. I will close comments on this post and IM you personally to discuss further.