Monday, March 9, 2020

Max von Sydow, RIP

I heard the news today that Max von Sydow passed away at age 90.

I first encountered his acting in Strange Brew, which is a) where I first encountered Bob & Doug McKenzie, and b) a movie that has an outsized influence on my sense of humor.* I later saw him in Conan the Barbarian, where the stark contrast in acting ability between him and Arnold was greatly apparent. I've watched movies simply because Max von Sydow was in them. Three Days of the Condor, Flash Gordon, The Seventh Seal . . . I kept going to talk to his character in Skyrim just to talk to Max von Sydow.

This isn't really on-topic for a blog about owlbears, dungeons, and GURPS, but too bad. He's always been one of my favorite actors. I'm glad he had such an incredible run and I'm sorry it only lasted 90 years.

* He could crush your head . . . like a nut. But he won't, because he needs you. Just saying.


  1. You know, when he squashed Paul Dooley's head, I could swear that Dooley's head was more narrow for the rest of the movie.

    1. That's a fantastic scene. Complete with "He was already dead when I killed him!"

  2. Loved Strange Brew, In college we used to convince people to drink anytime Bob said 'eh'. As we get ready for the party you know, I'll drink when Doug says Eh, you drink for Bob.

    Bob says it 75 times before the credits, Doug 25ish, good times. Brewmeister Smith will be missed.

    1. You'd get drunk watching Strange Brew if you just match them beer for beer.

      I'm just happy they didn't smoke in the movie like they did on SCTV, or I might have taken that up.


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