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John Popa
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Posted: 09 March 2020 at 7:06am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Sad news on this Monday that Max Von Sydow has passed away, aged 90.

As a horror fan, I remember him first for "The Exorcist" but he was around so long and did so many things. A great actor, a great movie villain and a long life.

Godspeed.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 09 March 2020 at 7:25am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Deeply saddened by this news.
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Michael Penn
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Posted: 09 March 2020 at 7:43am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Great actor, surely. So many rich performances. What a
legacy!
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Jason Scott
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Posted: 09 March 2020 at 8:42am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Damn. A sad day indeed. He brought an infinite amount of class to everything he appeared in. He defined Ming for me, and I dearly loved him in Needful Things. (Not to mention, in all this time I never realised he was the voice of Vigo.)

A true original, and class act through and through. R.I.P. Sir...

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Rick Senger
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Posted: 09 March 2020 at 9:32am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

What a voice and a presence.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 09 March 2020 at 9:46am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Confession: my favorite performance of his is Brewmeister Smith in STRANGE BREW.
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 09 March 2020 at 10:02am | IP Logged | 7 post reply


The best compliment I can think of is that he elevated the material, in any film he made an appearance in.  Films like THE EXORCIST, FLASH GORDON and CONAN THE BARBARIAN wouldn't be the same without his presence.

One of the all-time greats.  His role in THE SEVENTH SEAL guarantees his immortality in film.



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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: 09 March 2020 at 12:07pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Very sad news. He was a giant. 
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 09 March 2020 at 1:34pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Wonderful actor that was a welcome name to see in the credits of any film.

I first 'met' him as Ming in Flash Gordon when I was five years old, but I didn't really pay attention to who he was till I was in my early teens.

Obviously memorable as Father Merrin -- has anyone so successfully played much older than their years before or since? You really can't tell it is a spry man playing the old Merrin; it's a totally convincing portrayal.

I also liked how this quality, respected actor would frequently turn up in genre films. Minority Report, Dune, The Force Awakens, Conan, Dreamscape, among many others.


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Doug Centers
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Posted: 09 March 2020 at 4:18pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

He had a good run.

Like I've said so many times lately, who replaces him for those roles yet to be written?
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 10 March 2020 at 11:23am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Confession: my favorite performance of his is Brewmeister Smith in STRANGE BREW.

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That's definitely in my top 5, but for me it has to be Ming The Merciless in FLASH GORDON.

He was also one of the bright spots in the Sylvester Stallone JUDGE DREDD movie, as Judge Fargo. (Go watch the DREDD movie starring Karl Urban for Judge Dredd done right.)

My confession: I've never seen any of the EXORCIST films.
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John Byrne

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Saw the first one a couple of years ago. Far too literal. I was bored.
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