Sound Of Music Star Christopher Plummer Dead At 91: Julie Andrews, Chris Evans And More React

Christopher Plummer has died aged 91, after his family confirmed the star passed peacefully at his home in Connecticut.

Christopher Plummer has died aged 91.

The iconic actor passed away peacefully at his home in Connecticut with his wife of 53 years, Elaine Taylor, by his side, his family confirmed on Friday (Feb 5).

In a statement, 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 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. He will forever be with us.”

Plummer was an acting legend and had a career stretching back to the 1950s, and was best known for high-profile roles in productions including The Sound of Music, The Man Who Would Be King, and All The Money in the World.

The actor’s first film appearance was in 1958’s Stage Struck, but he achieved his biggest success playing Captain von Trapp in the 1965 film adaptation of the popular musical, The Sound of Music.

However, Plummer had previously expressed his grievances over the film, as he was “furious” when he discovered his singing voice would be dubbed over.

He said in 2018: “I’d worked on my singing for so long, but in those days, they’d have someone trained who would sing through dubbing. I said: ‘The only reason I did this bloody thing was so I could do a musical on stage on film!’

“I’ve made my peace with it. It annoyed the hell out of me at first. I thought: ‘Don’t these people ever see another movie? Is this the only one they’ve ever seen?’ … But I’m grateful to the film, and to Robert Wise, who’s a great director and a gentleman, and to Julie [Andrews], who’s remained a terrific friend.”

Despite his illustrious film career, Plummer never won an Oscar until 2011, when he became the oldest ever actor to scoop a trophy at the ceremony, taking home the Best Supporting Actor gong for Beginners.

The actor was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada in 1968 and in 2001 received a governor general’s award for lifetime artistic achievement.

Following the sad news, stars have taken to social media to pay their respects. 

Julie Andrews, Plummer's co-star in The Sound Of Music, said she lost a cherished friend in a statement to ET.

"The world has lost a consummate actor today and I have lost a cherished friend," the statement reads. "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."

Chris Evans— who starred with Plummer in 2019’s Knives Out, which was one of his final ever film roles — wrote on Twitter: “This is truly heartbreaking. What an unbelievable loss. Few careers have such longevity and impact. One of my favorite memories from Knives Out was playing piano together in the Thrombey house between set ups. He was a lovely man and a legendary talent. (sic)”

Whilst Lost star Daniel Dae Kim remembered Plummer as a “legend”.

He wrote: “One of the many reasons to love #ChristopherPlummer. We watched the #SoundOfMusic so much when I was a boy that he and the Von Trapps felt like family. Rest In Peace, legend. (sic)”

Plummer’s passing also prompted moving tweets from the official Twitter for The Sound of Music — where Plummer starred as Captain von Trapp in the 1965 film adaptation – and The Academy.

The Sound of Music account tweeted: “We're saddened to hear of Christopher Plummer’s passing. His legacy as our Captain will live on in THE SOUND OF MUSIC forever. Our thoughts are with his loved ones during this time. (sic)”

And The Academy added: “Christopher Plummer beguiled audiences across generations in memorable roles from Captain von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" to Harlan Thrombey in "Knives Out." He worked steadily for 60+ years, winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2012 for "Beginners." He will be missed. (sic)” 




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