Veteran Canadian actor Christopher Plummer, whose decades-long profession featured an indelible star flip in “The Sound of Music” and an Oscar win late in life, died on Friday, his supervisor introduced. He was 91.
Plummer died at his dwelling in Connecticut along with his spouse Elaine Taylor at his aspect, his longtime buddy and supervisor Lou Pitt mentioned.
“Chris was a unprecedented man who deeply cherished and revered his career with nice outdated trend manners, self-deprecating humor and the music of phrases,” Pitt mentioned in an announcement.
“He was a nationwide treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. By his artwork and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come back.”
Plummer starred because the aristocratic widower Captain Georg von Trapp reverse Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music,” the beloved 1965 cinematic story of a musical household and their mischievous governess in Austria on the eve of World Struggle II.
Regardless of its monumental worldwide success, Plummer publicly despised the movie, calling his position “gooey” in The Hollywood Reporter in 2011.
However he later softened, telling the identical publication in 2015 that the manufacturing was “the final bastion of peace and innocence in a really cynical time.”
Andrews known as Plummer a “consummate actor,” including in an announcement to The Hollywood Reporter: “I treasure the reminiscences of our work collectively and all of the humor and enjoyable we shared by means of the years.”
Versatile and prolific
Plummer was some of the recognizable and admired character actors in Hollywood, with some 100 movies underneath his belt and dozens of tv roles.
His first Academy Award nomination got here in 2010 for “The Final Station,” for his portrayal of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy.
He lastly took dwelling the golden statuette two years later, changing into — on the age of 82 — the oldest actor to win an Oscar, for his supporting position in “Learners” as a person who overtly embraces his homosexuality solely after his spouse dies.
“The place have you ever been all my life?” he joked to the trophy on the awards ceremony, quipping that he had been rehearsing his Oscar acceptance speech since he was born.
In 2018, he earned one other Oscar nomination after standing in on the final minute in “All of the Cash within the World” for Kevin Spacey, who was dropped from the movie following accusations of sexual misconduct.
Plummer performed the hard-hearted billionaire J Paul Getty, who refused to pay a ransom for his kidnapped grandson.
Lately, he starred within the 2019 whodunit “Knives Out” alongside Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Jamie Lee Curtis.
The director of that movie, Rian Johnson, known as Plummer a “legend who cherished his craft, and was an absolute gentleman.”
“So fortunate to have shared a set with him,” Johnson tweeted.
Profession started in Nineteen Fifties
Born on December 13, 1929 in Toronto, Plummer made his skilled theater debut in Ottawa in “The Rivals” in 1950.
He took to Broadway in 1954 with “Starcross Story” and broke into movie in 1958 with “Stage Struck,” earlier than crossing the Atlantic within the early Nineteen Sixties to work in London theater.
Plummer was dynamic on stage, incomes reward as one of many premier Shakespearean actors to come back out of North America within the twentieth century.
Some critics mentioned he initially did not challenge that charisma on the silver display screen, but that modified with “The Sound of Music,” his best-known position.
After that movie’s wild success, Plummer earned a number of different main roles over the a long time, together with as the primary Duke of Wellington in “Waterloo” (1970), Rudyard Kipling in “The Man Who Would Be King” (1975), veteran CBS journalist Mike Wallace in “The Insider” (1999) and in Spike Lee’s 2006 heist film “Inside Man.”
He additionally took on bit components, from a Klingon normal in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Nation” to the voice of a dastardly explorer in Disney-Pixar’s Oscar-winning animated movie “Up.”
Plummer additionally took on many tv roles, together with a starring position within the well-liked Nineteen Eighties miniseries “The Thorn Birds.”
He received two Emmys — one in 1977 for enjoying a scheming banker in “Arthur Hailey’s The Moneychangers” reverse Kirk Douglas, and one other in 1994 for narrating an animated series that includes the kids’s ebook character Madeline.
He additionally received two Tony Awards for his work on Broadway, each as finest actor in a musical and in a play.
“I’ve managed to complete the cycle of the nice, basic roles,” he advised British newspaper The Guardian in 2018. “I’ve performed all of them, some greater than as soon as.”
“However the components I am receiving in movies now are fantastic — the final 10 components have all been fascinating,” he mentioned.
Plummer was married 3 times, the final time to Taylor. He’s additionally survived by his daughter, actress Amanda Plummer.
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