Even if the name Christopher Plummer doesn’t sound familiar at first, it is almost impossible to not recognize at least one of the movies he’s been in during his 7 decade long career. Plummer starred in The Sound of Music, won an Oscar for Beginners, nominated for The Last Station, starred in the comedy Knives Out, and most recently was nominated for All the Money in the World. His last part was in the Canadian series Departures.
According to Deadline, Plummer died peacefully today at his home in Connecticut with his wife of 53 years Elaine Taylor by his side, as his manager of 46 years announced: “Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashioned 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 raised in Montreal and began his career on stage and radio in both French and English. Plummer’s film debut came in Sidney Lumet’s Stage Struck in 1958, but he reached true fame in 1965’s The Sound of Music. Plummer wasn’t very fond of the film though, as he often referred to it as “The Sound of Mucus”.
At 82, Plummer became the oldest Academy Award acting winner in history, and will always be considered a legend. Plummer was 91 and is survived by his wife, his daughter, academy award winning actress Amanda Plummer, as well as his many friends and fans.