Max von Sydow, Game of Thrones' three-eyed raven, dead at 90

Max von Sydow, known to TV audiences as Game of Thrones‘ enigmatic Three-Eyed Raven, died Sunday. He was 90.

“It’s with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain of announcing the departure of Max von Sydow on March 8, 2020,” the actor’s wife, Catherine von Sydow, confirmed in a statement. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

In addition to his three Thrones episodes in Season 6 of the HBO drama, von Sydow’s TV work included The Tudors, where he appeared as Cardinal Von Waldburg. He also lent his voice to an episode of The Simpsons and co-starred in multiple miniseries (both in the United States and Sweden, where he was born).

Game of Thrones cast evolution from season 1 to season 8
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Game of Thrones cast evolution from season 1 to season 8
Emilia Clarke, 2011
Emilia Clarke, 2019
Kit Harington, 2011
Kit Harington, 2019
Isaac Hempstead Wright, 2011
Isaac Hempstead Wright, 2019
Sophie Turner, 2012
Sophie Turner, 2019
Maisie Williams, 2012
Maisie Williams, 2019
Lena Headey, 2011
Lena Headey, 2019
Peter Dinklage, 2011
Peter Dinklage, 2019
Gwendoline Christie, 2012
Gwendoline Christie, 2019
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, 2011
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, 2019
Jason Momoa, 2011
Jason Momoa, 2019
Alfie Allen, 2011
Alfie Allen, 2019

The actor also had a substantial career in film, earning Oscar nominations for the foreign-language film Pelle the Conqueror in 1989 and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close in 2012. He worked closely with the late director Ingmar Bergman, appearing in 11 of Bergman’s films (including the 1957 fantasy drama The Seventh Seal).

von Sydow’s film credits also included The Exorcist (as Father Merrin), Flash Gordon (as the Emperor Ming), Conan the Barbarian and Dune, to name a few. More recently, he portrayed Lor San Tekka in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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