Max von Sydow in 'Sleepless'
Max von Sydow (1929 - )
Winter Light (Nattvardgasterna) (1963) [Jonas Persson]: Commits suicide (off-screen); his body is shown afterwards when Gunnar Bjornstrand prepares him for his funeral.

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) [Jesus Christ]: Executed by crucifixion. He is resurrected three days later.

The Kremlin Letter (1970) [Colonel Kosnov]: Killed (off-camera, exact method unclear) by Richard Boone; we only hear Max's cries of pain as Patrick O'Neal regains consciousness. (Thanks to Gordon)

The Exorcist (1973) [Father Lankester Merrin]: Dies of a heart attack while performing an exorcism on Linda Blair. (Thanks to Mac)

Illustrious Corpses (Cadaveri eccellenti; The Context) (1976) [Supreme Court's President]: Shot in the head (off-screen) in his study (it's unclear whether it was suicide or murder); his body is shown afterwards. (Thanks to Andrea)

Black Journal (Gran bollita) (1977) [Lisa Carpi/Police Chief]: Playing a dual role (including a female role), "Lisa" is decapitated with a cleaver by Shelley Winters. (Thanks to Francesco)

Brass Target (1978) [Peter Shelley]: Shot in the neck by John Cassavetes as Max tries to escape on skis, as Sophia Loren looks on. (Thanks to Gordon)

Flash Gordon (1980) [Emperor Ming]: Impaled on the nose-cone of Sam Jones' spaceship after it crashes into Max's palace. His body vanishes into nothingness in death, but an "epilogue" shot of a hand picking up Max's ring, accompanied by the sound of his laughter, implies that he's not dead after all.

Conan the Barbarian (1982) [King Osric]: Although he survived in the film's original relese, there is a deleted scene in which he is killed by his own servants. (Thanks to Trae)

Strange Brew (The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew) (1983) [Brewmeister Smith]: Electrocuted by Angus MacInnes. (Thanks to Briana)

Dreamscape (1984) [Dr. Paul Nevotny]: Killed by one of Christopher Plummer's henchmen. (Thanks to Mac)

Dune (1984) [Doctor Kynes]: Dies of thirst and starvation after being left out in the desert to die. (Thanks to Johan)

Samson and Delilah (1984) [Sidka]: Crushed to death by a falling idol after Antony Hamilton brings down the temple's support columns.

Until the End of the World (Bis ans Ende der Welt) (1991) [Henry Farber]: Dies (off-screen) of old age/natural causes; we learn of his death afterwards when we see his son (William Hurt) standing by his grave.

Judge Dredd (1995) [Chief Justice Fargo]: Stabbed in the back by Christopher Adamson while Sylvester Stallone looks on in horror; he dies a short time later with Sylvester kneeling by his side.

Sleepless (Non ho sonno; I Can't Sleep) (2001) [Inspector Ulisse Moretti]: Dies of a heart attack in his study while being approached menacingly by a mechanically-operated dummy (which he had mistaken for the killer, and had shot to no effect).

Minority Report (2002) [Director Lamar Burgess]: Commits suicide by shooting himself in the chest during a confrontation with Tom Cruise. We hear the shot while Max and Tom are standing face to face, creating the impression that Max has shot Tom; we learn that Max actually shot himself when he collapses a moment later.

Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King (Ring of the Nibelungs; Curse of the Ring) (2004) [Eyvind]: Dies of natural causes (off-screen) in his bed, after sending Benno Furman out to get some water. We learn of his death afterwards when Benno returns and wails in sorrow; followed by a scene of Max's funeral pyre. (Thanks to Nemanja and Stephen)

The Final Inquiry (L'Inchiesta) (2006) [Tiberius]: Smothered with a pillow by Vincenzo Bocciarelli. (Thanks to Gordon)

Rush Hour 3 (2007) [Varden Reynard]: Shot in the back by Yvan Attal, just as Max is about to shoot Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker; after we hear the shot, it's unclear exactly who shot who until Max staggers forward and collapses into the fountain. (Thanks to ND, Hannibal, Andrew, and Neil)

Robin Hood (2010) [Sir Walter Loxley]: Stabbed in the back with a sword by Mark Strong. (Thanks to Tommy, Veg, and Gordon)
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