Catherine von Sydow (nee Brelet) is the wife to the late Max von Sydow, a Swedish actor who appeared in European and American films. Von Sydow featured in more than 100 films and TV series. His seven-decade-long career included roles as Father Merrin in “The Exorcist” and Emperor Ming in “Flash Gordon,” is reported to have died on Sunday, March 8th at the age of 90.
Catherine Brelet & Max von Sydow
Catherine is a French documentary filmmaker and producer. The two celebrated their wedding on April 30th, 1997 in Provence, France. They have two sons, Cedric and Yvan. Catherine was the second wife of the Swedish actor until his death in March 2020.
Cathrine and Max often made appearances at several film festivals even at their advanced age. Captioned below on May 14th, 2016 Catherine Brelet, and actor Max von Sydow posed for a photo as they arrived for the screening of the film “The BFG” at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France.
Max von Sydow First Wife
Max von Sydow’s first wife was Swedish actress Christina Inga Britta Olin who he married in 1951. From their union, the couple had two sons, Clas and Henrik, who appeared with him in the film Hawaii, playing his son at different ages. They divorced on February 26th, 1979.
Catherine Brelet Confirmed Max’s Death
Max’s wife Catherine announced the death of her husband, sharing: “It is with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain to announce the departure of Max Von Sydow on March 8, 2020.”
He died at his home in France aged 90. The cause of death has yet to be announced.
Max Von Sydow, such an iconic presence in cinema for seven decades, it seemed like he'd always be with us. He changed the face of international film with Bergman, played Christ, fought the devil, pressed the HOT HAIL button & was Oscar nominated for a silent performance. A god. pic.twitter.com/klhJ9RusdQ
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) March 9, 2020
Who is Max von Sydow?
Von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow in Sweden in 1929 and started acting in European films at about the age of 20. Since then, he had appeared in nearly 200 movies and television shows.
He also played Ming the Merciless in 1980’s iconic film Flash Gordon, starred in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, and as Bond villain, Ernst Blofeld in 1983’s Never Say Never Again.
Recently, Sydow played Three-Eyed Raven in “Game of Thrones Season 6,” Lor San Tekka in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and voiced Klaus Ziegler for “The Simpsons.”
Max’s appearance in “Game of Thrones” earned him an Emmy nomination. He was also nominated for two Academy Awards — for best actor in the late 1980s for his portrayal of a penniless farmer in “Pelle the Conqueror” and for best-supporting actor in 2012 for his role as a mute in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.”