Christopher Plummer, the Hollywood acting legend who starred in such classic movies as The Sound of Music and, more recently, All the Money in the World, is dead at the age of 91, his manager confirmed to Deadline.
The cause of death was not given. However, the publication reported that Plummer died “peacefully at his home in Connecticut, with Elaine Taylor, his wife and true best friend for 53 years by his side.”
One of his most famous roles was as Captain Von Trapp in the 1965 Hollywood classic, The Sound of Music. According to Biography.com, he was regarded as “one of the most brilliant Canadian actors of his generation.” He was an Oscar winner.
Here’s what you need to know:
In a Statement, Plummer’s Manager Called Him an ‘Extraordinary Man’ Who Was a ‘National Treasure’
Lou Pitt, his longtime manager, confirmed his death, telling Deadline:
“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.”
Plummer Was Born in Canada & Credited His Mother With Inspiring His Love of Acting
Plummer was born in Toronto, Canada, as Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer on December 13, 1929, according to Biography.com.
The site says that Plummer grew up in Montreal. He was the only child, and the site credits his mother with inspiring his love of theater by taking him to plays when he was young.
He later studied piano before becoming an actor; he once said professional piano playing was “very lonely and very hard work,” Biography.com reported.
Tributes Flowed in for Plummer
Tributes flowed into social media for Plummer.
Some of the reactions include:
“Ah man, Christopher Plummer was one of the greatest actors of all time, RIP.”
“RIP #christopherplummer. So many varied roles over the years. I love him as Sherlock Holmes in Murder By Decree with James Mason as Watson.”
“RIP Christopher Plummer, it has been a pleasure to watch your journey from The Sound of Music to Knives Out and in between.”
“When you’ve had a career so long, varied and successful I’m not sure it is right or accurate to describe Christopher Plummer as ‘best known for his role as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.’ He will be known by many generations and fans of many different genres. RIP.”
“Christopher Plummer was my first Hollywood crush after I saw him The Sound of Music for the first time. I’ve loved his work ever since. Rest In Peace.”
“RIP, you were (and shall remain) a legend.”
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