Actor Max von Sydow, whose seven-decade career included roles as Father Merrin in the horror film “The Exorcist” and Emperor Ming in the cult classic “Flash Gordon,” died Sunday, his agent said. He was 90.
“It is with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain of announcing the departure of Max von Sydow,” his wife, Catherine, said in a statement sent to NBC News by agent Jean Diamond.
Von Sydow, who was born in Sweden in 1929 and became a French citizen in 2002, started acting in European films around age 20. Since then, he had appeared in nearly 200 movies and television shows, performing in multiple languages.
Recently, von Sydow played the Three-Eyed Raven in “Game of Thrones” and Lor San Tekka in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and he voiced Klaus Ziegler for “The…