RIP Max Von Sydow

Actor Max Von Sydow, who appeared in films and TV series including The Exorcist, Flash Gordon and Game of Thrones, has died at the age of 90. His family announced “with a broken heart and infinite sadness” that the Swedish-born actor died on Sunday. Von Sydow’s other film credits included Hannah and Her Sisters, The Seventh Seal and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He was nominated for two Oscars during his career – including best actor in 1988 for Pelle the Conqueror.

His other Academy nomination was best supporting actor for his role in 2011’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Von Sydow had a fruitful run of 11 films with legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, including The Seventh Seal, in which he famously played chess with Death. Hollywood came calling, but he reportedly turned down the role of Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music. He agreed to cross the Atlantic to play Jesus Christ in The Greatest Story Ever Told in 1965, and his global success grew with memorable roles like the priest Father Lankester Merrin in 1973 horror The Exorcist. Von Sydow also appeared in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, and played comic book villain Ming the Merciless in 1980’s Flash Gordon.

In 1983, Von Sydow played evil again when he was cast as the sinister Ernst Blofeld in James Bond adventure Never Say Never Again. He was often typecast in Hollywood as the sophisticated villain, which the Associated Press said was down to him being “tall and lanky, with sullen blue eyes, a narrow face, pale complexion and a deep and accented speaking voice”. But he once said in an interview: “What I as an actor look for is a variety of parts. It is very boring to be stuck in more or less one type of character.” Von Sydow was nominated for an Emmy in 1990 for his role in the HBO thriller Red King, White Knight.

He continued acting late in life, voicing a character in The Simpsons in 2014, appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, and in three episodes of Game of Thrones as the Three-eyed Raven in 2016, which earned him a second Emmy nomination. Von Sydow was christened Carl Adolf, names which nod to his German ancestry. Von Sydow has four sons – two with his first wife Christina Inga Britta Olin. In 1997, he married Catherine Brelet in Provence and became a citizen of France five years later, meaning he relinquished his Swedish citizenship.

Five Clear Reasons Your Roof Is Leaking

When you are a homeowner, you are in charge of fixing any cracked foundations in the home, any broken gutters and any missing roof tiles. When you start finding puddles of water in the attic that definitely do not below, you will be instantly concerned that your roof is leaking, and for a good reason!

The smallest leak in your roof that is left alone to keep leaking is one that will put your home in trouble. There are plenty of reasons your roof could be leaking rainwater into your home and not doing its job of protecting you. Below, we’ve put together five very clear reasons your roof is leaking, giving you plenty of time to check it out and see whether these match your situation.

  • The Roof Is Old

If you have an old home and your roof was built a long time ago, it stands to reason that the gutters will also be old. With old gutters and shingles, it’s more likely that your roof is leaking because of these things. You should be getting your roof checked yearly for its wear and tear, and if you’re not, then you need to start now! Roof materials do not last forever, and you’ll find that out pretty fast this way!

  • The Sealant Has Worn

Most roofs are built with peaks and valleys to keep them consistent. If the base of your valleys is joined by a sealant that has worn down over time, then leaks are going to be a guarantee. This is something that you need a professional roofer for as they will be able to replace the sealant for you and get your roof back to its peak condition.

  • The Gutters Are Blocked

There is a lot of things that can clog and block up your gutters, from leaves and sticks in the tubing to water that has built up, frozen and cracked the guttering. Clogged drains can lead to backwater going back to your roof, and if you have dealt with broken guttering, you’re going to find that you may need to replace the whole thing.

  • The Winter Got Your Roof

If you have enjoyed a lot of snow this winter, then you may find that the snow and ice have caused a dam on your roof, melting and then pushing water into the roof itself. Look at the way the roof holds the snow, and you’ll likely see where the leak is immediately.

  • The Attic Insulation Has Worn

The attic should have insulation in it to stop any issues from occurring with your roof. If there is a leak, however, you’ll find the insulation to be ineffective and not worth the money you paid for it. Why? Well, the insulation is keeping your home warm. If it’s been destroyed, then it won’t matter as how much your roof has leaked: you need new insulation anyway!

The roof is so precious to your home. Look after it, and you can ensure that you don’t have to handle any leaks that occur at all.