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Legendary "Sound of Music" star Christopher Plummer dead at 91

Writer: Heidi Hsia

6 Feb –Veteran actor Christopher Plummer, most known for his role as Captain Von Trapp in the 1965 musical, "Sound of Music", has recently passed away in his home in Connecticut.

The news was confirmed by his manager Lou Pitt in a statement released recently, which read, "Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self deprecating humour 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."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also released a statement expressing sadness over the loss, saying that Plummer was a timeless actor "who entertained millions around the world and inspired many to pursue the arts."

Among other celebrities who were heartbroken over news of his passing include former onscreen partner Julie Andrews, who wrote, ""The world has lost a consummate actor today and I have lost a cherished friend. I treasure the memories of our work together and all the humour and fun we shared through the years. My heart and condolences go out to his lovely wife, Elaine, and his daughter, Amanda."


Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in "Sound of Music"

Plummer plays Cyrano de Bergerac that won him a Tony award

Helen Mirren, Plummer's co-star in "The Last Station", expressed, ""He was a mighty force both as Man and Actor. He was an actor in the 19th century meaning of the word-his commitment to his profession. His art was total, theatre being a constant and the most important part of the totality of his drive to engage with storytelling. He was fearless, energetic, courageous, knowledgeable, professional and a monument to what an actor can be. A Great Actor in the truest sense."

Palmer, who started his career in the 1950s through Broadway, has won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor his role in the movie "Beginners" in 2010 at the age of 82 - the oldest actor to have won the said award. He again received another nomination for his role in "All the Money in the World" at the age of 88 - making him the oldest person to be nominated in an acting category.

He also won several other awards including two Emmys and a pair of Tony Awards - the latter for "Cyrano" and "Barrymore - throughout his career spanning 70 years.

Among his newer films include the 2019 film, "Knives Out" and "Cliffs of Freedom", while his final film role, "Heroes of the Golden Masks" has yet to be released.

He is survived by wife Elaine Taylor, and daughter Amanda Plummer from first marriage with Tammy Grimes.

He was 91.


Plummer won his first Academy when he was 80
Cinema Online, 06 February 2021

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