Oscar-winning Canadian actor Christopher dies
Published: 11:01 AM, 6 February 2021
Christopher Plummer, the Oscar-winning Canadian acting legend best known for his role as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, has died at the age of 91.
According to reports, Plummer died peacefully at his home in Connecticut with his wife Elaine Taylor at his side.
Lou Pitt, his long-time friend and manager of 46 years, remembered him as "an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession".
"He was a national treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots," he continued. "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."
Christopher Plummer won an Oscar in 2012 for the film Beginners and was also nominated for The Last Station in 2010 and All the Money in the World in 2018.
In the latter film, he replaced Kevin Spacey, whose performance as billionaire J Paul Getty was removed.
His many other films included The Man Who Would Be King and Knives Out.
He was a memorably villainous Klingon in the sixth Star Trek film and played TV anchorman Mike Wallace in 1999's The Insider.
He also played Sherlock Holmes in Murder By Decree and appeared with Peter Sellers in The Return of the Pink Panther.
Born Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer in Toronto in December 1929, Plummer grew up in Montreal as an only child and was exposed to the arts by his mother at an early age.
He first studied the piano before devoting himself to acting, having decided that playing the piano professionally "was very lonely and very hard work".
He made his debut on the New York stage role in 1954's The Starcross Story alongside the actress Mary Astor. It ran for just one performance - but did not stop him landing more stage work and then leading roles.
Plummer made his film debut in 1958's Stage Struck, directed by Sidney Lumet. He was nominated for a Tony the following year and eventually won the award in 1974 for playing Cyrano de Bergerac.
He won his second in 1997 for playing fellow actor John Barrymore in Barrymore.