What a week for losing our entertainment trailblazers and legends. Oscar winner, author, and master thespian Christopher Plummer has died at the age of 91 after a storied 70-year career.
Remembering the incredible Christopher Plummer, a magnetic talent, stage and screen legend, and Canadian icon, who has passed away at the age of 91.
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— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) February 5, 2021
“Christopher Plummer, who starred in The Sound of Music, won an Oscar for Beginners and was nominated for All the Money in the World and The Last Station, died peacefully today at his home in Connecticut, his family confirmed. Elaine Taylor, his wife and true best friend for 53 years, was by his side.
“Along with becoming the oldest person to win an Oscar, Plummer also won a pair of Emmys and two Tonys during a nearly 70-year career.
“Lou Pitt, his longtime friend and manager of 46 years, said; ‘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.’ ”
Though Plummer’s seminal and most memorable starring role was as Captain Gayorg Von Trapp in the 1965 musical The Sound of Music, Plummer has made hundreds of film and television appearances, along with numerous turns on the stages of Broadway and the West End of London. He won his very first Oscar at the age of 82, for the 2010 film Beginners. His acceptance speech had this hilarious and poignant line spoken to the statuette:
“You’re only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all my life?”
Plummer’s last Oscar nomination was for All The Money in the World, and his most recent film turn was in the ensemble film Knives Out. His last screen appearance was in the Canadian series Departures.
Born 1929, and raised in Montreal, Plummer—fluent in both French and English—started his professional life on stage and radio. He made his American Broadway debut in 1954, and went on to star in many celebrated theatrical productions like Cyrano and Inherit the Wind.
Plummer garnered his first screen role in the 1958 production Stage Struck. His television appearances include The Thornbirds, Nuremberg, Little Moon of Alban, and HBO’s Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight. Plummer won two Emmys, along with seven nominations.
Plummer also won two Tony Awards, with seven nominations. He won for the musical Cyrano and for Barrymore. Plummer was awarded London’s Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in Becket. He also holds three Drama Desk Awards and the National Arts Club Medal.
Plummer was a former leading member of the Royal National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier and the Royal Shakespeare Company under Sir Peter Hall. He also led Canada’s Stratford Festival in its formative years.
Other awards include the Jason Robards Award, the Edwin Booth Award, the Sir John Gielgud Quill Award. In 1968, sanctioned by Queen Elizabeth II, he was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada — an honorary knighthood. He received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Juilliard, and in 2000, he was awarded the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1986 he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2000.
In 2008, Plummer penned his memoir, which received critical and public praise. In Spite of Myself is still a bestseller, and gives insight into his storied life and career.
Here is an interview where Plummer talks about his memoir and his acting career.