Christopher Plummer, the legendary stage actor whose profession spanned greater than seven a long time and who performed Captain von Trapp within the movie “The Sound of Music,” has died, his supervisor confirmed. He was 91.
Plummer died in his residence in Connecticut together with his spouse, Elaine, by his aspect, his expertise company mentioned. The reason for demise has not but been introduced.
“Chris was a rare man who deeply beloved and revered his occupation with nice previous vogue manners, self deprecating humor and the music of phrases,” his supervisor and longtime good friend Lou Pitts mentioned in a press release. “He was a Nationwide Treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. Via his artwork and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come back. He’ll eternally be with us.”
A veteran of the stage, Plummer turned a family title within the 1965 megahit musical “The Sound of Music.” Regardless of the movie’s runaway success and place in American movie historical past, Plummer famously was by no means actually a fan of it. In 2015,: “I am so sick of listening to my very own voice speaking about it.”
“I simply did not significantly suppose my position was probably the most thrilling factor I’ve ever had in my life,” he mentioned.
Plummer appeared in over 100 movies over his 75-year profession, however he did not win his first Oscar till 2012 on the age of 82, making him the oldest particular person to obtain an Oscar within the historical past of the Academy Awards. He picked up the Oscar for the position of Hal Fields in “Inexperienced persons,” a job he informed” in 2011 was the freest he ever felt on digital camera.
In his Oscar acceptance speech, he mentioned he had been training since he “first emerged from my mom’s womb.”
Born in Canada, Plummer was the great-grandson of a former Canadian prime minister. He started performing in his teenagers, and got here to the U.S. within the early Nineteen Fifties. His New York stage debut was in 1954 and legendary movie director Sidney Lumet launched him to the display in 1958’s “Stage Struck.”
He met the actress Elaine Taylor within the late Nineteen Sixties, and he or she turned his third spouse. Their marriage lasted over 50 years, one thing he referred to as a “record-breaker” in Hollywood.
By the point he starred in “The Sound of Music,” he had appeared in 1964’s “The Fall of the Roman Empire,” and had quite a few stage credit beneath his belt. He had additionally began working in tv and earned an Emmy nomination for his position as Hamlet within the 1964 TV film “Hamlet at Elsinore.”
However “The Sound of Music,” which filmed in Salzburg, Austria, was one thing else fully. He mentioned in 2015 that he thought he’d “prefer to be in a musical,” and he later praised director Robert Sensible and costar Julie Andrews. He was generally known as a “unhealthy boy” on set, and he famously referred to as the movie “The Sound of Mucus.”
Regardless of his private dislike of the movie, “The Sound of Music” was a runaway worldwide success, and it set his profession on a profitable path. Plummer’s notable movie roles included Rudyard Kipling in 1975’s “The Man Who Would Be King,” Chang in “Star Trek IV,” a health care provider within the in 1995’s “12 Monkeys” and Mike Wallace within the 1999 movie “The Insider.” He supplied his voice within the 1986 animated musical “An American Tail.”
Plummer continued to carry out on stage as effectively. He received his first Tony in 1974 for the musical “Cyrano” and he received once more in 1997 for “Barrymore.” He had seven nominations, together with one in 2004 for “King Lear” and in 2007 for taking part in Clarence Darrow in “Inherit the Wind.”
He had practically 100 TV roles as effectively, together with within the Nineteen Eighties mini-series “The Thornbirds” and “Crossings.”
Plummer earned his first Oscar nomination in 2010 for “The Final Station.” He continued performing all through his 80s, with notable roles in “Up,” “Inexperienced persons,” “The Woman With the Dragon Tattoo” and “Danny Collins.” He changed Kevin Spacey in Ridley Scott’s “All of the Cash within the World,” which had already been accomplished, filming all his scenes in simply 9 days. His final film look was within the Oscar-nominated “Knives Out.”
He informed CBS Information in 2015 that retirement was not an choice.
“Retirement is simply not doable…If I decelerate now, I am going to die. I am going to drop lifeless,” he mentioned.