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Sound Of Music actor Christopher Plummer has died aged 91

The Sound Of Music and All The Money In The World actor Christopher Plummer has died at the age of 91, his manager has said.

Lou Pitt, his long-time 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.”

Christopher Plummer attends the premiere for "Knives Out" on day three of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Image: Christopher Plummer at the premiere of Knives Out, which he starred in in 2019. Pic: AP

Plummer passed away peacefully at his home in Connecticut with his wife Elaine Taylor at his side, Deadline Hollywood reported.

The Canadian star was best known for his role as Captain von Trapp in 1965’s The Sound Of Music, in which he appeared alongside Dame Julie Andrews.

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Image: Plummer (far right) in 1965’s Sound Of Music

He said he had never sung before in his life – “not even in the shower” – before taking the role that included crooning the song Edelweiss.

He famously disliked the film, calling it the “The Sound Of Mucus” in interviews. But he changed his mind in later life, saying it was a “terrific movie” that made him proud.

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He was close with Andrews, who paid tribute to her “cherished friend” on Friday evening.

“The world has lost a consummate actor today and I have lost a cherished friend,” the 85-year-old said in a statement.

“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.”

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Image: Plummer and Julie Andrews at the 50th anniversary screening of Sound Of Music in 2015

Plummer had a varied career across film, television and theatre, starring in productions on Broadway and with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

But his career particularly flourished with a succession of standout roles from his 70s onwards.

Some of his most famous movies include 1999’s The Insider, 2019’s Knives Out alongside Bond star Daniel Craig, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, A Beautiful Mind, and Pixar animation Up.

Amongst the most decorated in his field, Plummer won an Oscar, two Primetime Emmys, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Bafta during his career.

Plummer, accepts the Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in "Beginners" at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood
Image: Plummer accepts the Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in Beginners at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood

In 2012, aged 82, he became the oldest actor to win an Academy Award for his supporting role in Beginners, where he played a man who comes out as gay in later life.

“You’re only two years older than me, darling,” Plummer, who was born in 1929, said to his golden statuette – first given for films made in 1927 and 1928 – at the ceremony. “Where have you been all my life?”

In 2017, it was announced he would replace Kevin Spacey as frugal billionaire J Paul Getty in All The Money In The World, after allegations of sexual misconduct emerged against the House Of Cards actor.

The following year he was nominated for an Oscar for his role, breaking another age-related record to become the oldest actor to be nominated, after being enlisted at the 11th hour.

The official Twitter account for The Oscars said Plummer had “beguiled audiences across generations” with his film roles. “He will be missed,” it said.

Image: Plummer alongside Toni Collette and Jamie Lee Curtis in Knives Out. Pic: Lionsgate

Sir Ridley Scott, who worked with Christopher Plummer in All The Money In The World, also paid tribute to the late actor.

In a joint statement with his wife Gianna, the director said: “What a guy. What a talent. What a life.

“And I was fortunate enough to work with him less than 2 years ago and had a wonderful experience.

“My heartfelt condolences go to Elaine. He will be really missed.”

His Knives Out co-star Chris Evans said on Twitter: “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.”

Christopher Plummer and wife Elaine Taylor in 1969
Image: Christopher Plummer and wife Elaine Taylor in 1969

Lord Of The Rings actor Elijah Wood tweeted: “So sad to hear that Christopher Plummer has passed. What a legend.”

Star Trek star George Takei labelled Plummer a “giant of stage and screen”.

Inception actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt tweeted: “Christopher Plummer… one of the greats.”

And Netflix described Plummer as “a master of the craft whose films will live on forever”.

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