Actor Christopher Plummer, who starred in ‘The Sound of Music’ alongside Julie Andrews, won an Oscar for ‘Beginners’ and was nominated for ‘All the Money in the World’ and ‘The Last Station’, died peacefully today, on 5th February, Friday. He passed away peacefully at his home in Connecticut, his family confirmed. Elaine Taylor, his wife and true best friend for 53 years were by his side.
Lou Pitt, his longtime friend, and manager of 46 years said; “Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self-deprecating humor and the music of words. He was a National Treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come. He will forever be with us.”
Along with becoming the oldest person to win an Oscar, Plummer also won a pair of Emmys and two Tonys during his nearly 70-year career. He won two Best Actor Tony Awards, for the musical ‘Cyrano’ and the play ‘Barrymore’, among seven career nominations spanning 38 years. His most recent nominations were for his lead in ‘King Lear’ in 2004 and for playing Clarence Darrow in ‘Inherit the Wind’ three years later.
Plummer starred as the aristocratic widower Captain Georg von Trapp in one of the most classic movies of all time, “The Sound of Music” opposite Julie Andrews. The movie is a beloved cinematic tale of a musical family and their mischievous governess in Austria on the eve of World War II.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, said he “beguiled audiences across generations”, adding: “He will be missed.” Bafta added their condolences, praising his “amazing work since the 50s”.
Christopher Plummer beguiled audiences across generations in memorable roles from Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” to Harlan Thrombey in “Knives Out.” He worked steadily for 60+ years, winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2012 for “Beginners.” He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/Mu6KRJTk7P
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 5, 2021
We’re sorry to hear of the death of Christopher Plummer. Making amazing work since the ‘50s, he was BAFTA nominated for All the Money in the World and won in 2012 for Beginners. pic.twitter.com/zwZFGPcIaJ
— BAFTA (@BAFTA) February 5, 2021
The official Twitter account for The Sound of Music also tweeted that they were “saddened” to hear of Christopher Plummer’s passing
We’re saddened to hear of Christopher Plummer’s passing. His legacy as our Captain will live on in THE SOUND OF MUSIC forever. Our thoughts are with his loved ones during this time.♥️ pic.twitter.com/hDV3q1opzJ
— The Sound of Music (@SoundofMusic) February 5, 2021
Plummer was married three times. He and his first wife Tammy Grimes, are the parents of actress Amanda Plummer.