Max von Sydow has died.
The Game of Thrones actor — whose real name was Carl Adolf von Sydow — passed away at his home in France on Sunday (Mar 8) at the age of 90, his agent, Jean Diamond, has confirmed.
Diamond announced in a statement: "It is with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain of announcing the departure of Max von Sydow, March 8, 2020."
Von Sydow's stage and screen career spanned five decades and his most memorable appearances included The Seventh Seal — one of his 11 big screen collaborations with Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman — where his character played chess with death in 1957.
He also famously appeared in The Exorcist in 1973 and 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
His career continued later in life, with a role in The Simpsons in 2014 and portraying the mystical Three-Eyed Raven in a handful of episodes of the HBO fantasy drama series Game of Thrones.
He will make a posthumous appearing in upcoming war drama Echoes of the Past.
Von Sydow was previously married to the late Christina Inga Britta Olin, with whom he had sons Clas and Henrik, but they divorced in 1979. He went on to wed Catherine Brelet in April 1997.
In 2002, he relinquished his Swedish citizenship to become a citizen of France.— BANG