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Lankester Merrin
Lankester Merrin.1
Gender: Male
Portrayed By: Max von Sydow
Stellan Skarsgård
First Appearance: The Exorcist

Father Lankester Merrin (novel: c. 1892–1971; film: c. 1896–1975) is a fictional character in the novel The Exorcist (1971), its film adaptation, The Exorcist (1973), and several sequel films. He was born in Holland, the son of a Dutch father and an English mother.

In film

Merrin's depiction in the 1973 film The Exorcist is faithful to the novel. The character of Merrin reappears in the sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), in extended flashbacks detailing an exorcism he performed in Africa following the Second World War. He is portrayed in both films by Max von Sydow.

The character was featured again in both prequel films, Exorcist: The Beginning and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist. Both films revisit Merrin's experiences in Africa immediately prior to his first exorcism, but each presents a different version of the events and neither agrees with the events as presented in Exorcist II. He is played in both films by Stellan Skarsgård.


The Exorcist Films vte
Films The ExorcistExorcist IIThe Exorcist IIIExorcist: The BeginningDominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
Characters Regan MacNeilFather Damien KarrasFather Lankester MerrinPazuzu

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