The actor Max von Sydow, known for roles in The Seventh Seal, Game Of Thrones, The Exorcist and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, died at his home in France on Sunday. He was 90.

A statement issued by von Sydow's agent, Jean Diamond, on behalf of his wife Catherine said: "It is with a broken heart and with infinite sadness that we have the extreme pain of announcing the departure of Max von Sydow."

Von Sydow, who was born in Sweden and held French citizenship, had a varied career that spanned more than six decades.

He was nominated for two Oscars throughout his illustrious career - best actor for Pelle The Conqueror in 1989 and best supporting actor for his role in 2011's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

He starred in films including Flash Gordon, Conan The Barbarian, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Shutter IslandMinority Report, and, more recently, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

He also played sinister James Bond super-villain Ernst Blofeld in 1983's Never Say Never Again.

During his extensive film career he worked with a number of major directors, including Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg.

However, he was most noted for his many collaborations with Swedish film-maker Ingmar Bergman.

Von Sydow's first Bergman movie was in 1957 - The Seventh Seal, in which he played knight Antonius Block. The scenes of him playing chess with the figure of Death would become renowned in cinematic circles.

He also went on to star in other Bergman films including Wild Strawberries, The Virgin Spring and Hour Of The Wolf.

Before his big-screen career took off, von Sydow studied at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, and he went on to work with Bergman at the Malmo Municipal Theatre in the 1950s.

He received a Primetime Emmy nomination in 2016 for his guest role in Game Of Thrones as Three-Eyed Raven.