Sad news in the entertainment world, friends. Prolific acting titan Christopher Plummer passed away on Friday, Deadline reports. He was 91 years old. His family confirmed that he died peacefully in his Connecticut home with Elaine Taylor, his wife and “true best friend for 53 years,” by his side.
Plummer’s storied career spanned seven decades including 219 credits on his IMDb page. He became the oldest person to win an Oscar when he snagged the award in 2012 for Beginners at 83. Additionally, he’s won multiple Emmys and Tonys throughout his lifetime.
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born on December 13, 1929, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He had his first role in 1953 when he appeared in an episode of Encounter, a dramatic anthology series that ran for nine years. Plummer made his Broadway debut in 1953 as well with The Starcross Story. It closed on opening night. But his theater career never stopped there. Plummer went on to star in several Broadway shows and theatrical productions across America and Europe. His film career took off in 1958 when he was cast in Sidney Lumet‘s Stage Struck.
In the 1960s, Plummer took on Shakespearan parts aplenty, including Hamlet in 1964’s Hamlet at Elsinore. Plummer’s most popular role came in 1965 with The Sound of Music opposite Julie Andrews, wherein he portrayed the no-nonsense Captain Von Trapp. The 1970s, 1980s and 1990s yielded more plum and versatile parts for Plummer, particularly in the theater world. In 1999, Plummer played television journalist Mike Wallace in The Insider. It’s one of his most critically acclaimed roles, although unfortunately, it didn’t garner an Oscar nod.
Now, the 2000s and 2010s brought about more diverse film credits for Plummer. Notably, 2009’s The Last Station, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Beginners (2010) and All the Money in the World (2017). Younger audiences may recognize him as novelist Harlan Thrombey in Rian Johnson‘s Knives Out (2019) alongside Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas.
Plummer’s manager of 46 years, Lou Pitt, had this to say regarding the passing of the beloved actor:
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 is survived by his wife and daughter, actress Amanda Plummer.
Christopher Plummer has left an indelible mark on our hearts. He’ll be forever remembered for his beautiful works of art and for his grace and sincerity. He will be sorely missed.
All of us at Geek Girl Authority send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans.
Rest in peace, kind sir.
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