Veteran Swedish actor Max von Sydow was named Monday the recipient of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award.

“We are thrilled to give the Career Achievement award to such a magnificently talented actor,” LAFCA President Claudia Puig said. “Over the six decades he’s commanded the screen, Mr. von Sydow has earned a reputation as the greatest living actor.

Among his more than 100 roles, he has played characters as disparate as an assassin, a king, an exorcist, the devil and Jesus Christ — in several languages — and has worked with filmmakers from around the world including Ingmar Bergman, Bertrand Tavernier, Sydney Pollack, Penny Marshall, Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders.”

Von Sydow, 88, will receive the honor during the association’s annual awards dinner Jan. 13 in Century City.

“From iconic roles in `The Seventh Seal’ and `Pelle the Conqueror’ to his most recent turns in `Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and `Game of Thrones,’ Max von Sydow remains a massively vital actor whose extraordinary work inspires us all,” Puig said.

–City News Service

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