Hollywood mourns the death of legendary actor Christopher Plummer

Saturday, February 6
Ciarán Mather

It was announced yesterday that the esteemed stage and screen actor Christopher Plummer passed away at his home at the age of 91.

The late actor died peacefully surrounded by his beloved wife Elaine Taylor, in their Connecticut home.

The Canadian actor was born on December 13th 1929 and was best known for various performing roles in film, television and on stage over a career that spanned across seven decades.

Before becoming an actor, Plummer studied to be a concert pianist, and was known to expertly play the piano in between takes on The Sound of Music.

Leading the tributes was his Sound of Music co-star, Dame Julie Andrews, who referred to the later actor as a 'cherished friend' and a 'a consummate actor.'

She added: '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.'

Other big names in Hollywood, ranging from Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Chris Evans, as well as Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, also paid tribute to Plummer's legacy.

Organisations such as The Academy and Pixar added their tributes to Plummer:

Plummer made his Broadway debut back in 1954, but notably shot to fame with his performance as Captain von Trapp in the hugely acclaimed 1965 musical The Sound of Music.

Although Plummer was a huge film star who was able to tackle a variety of genres, he continued to keep theatre audiences entertained with outstanding performances in various Shakespearean plays, such as Othello, Macbeth and King Lear.

Some major 20th Century films that Plummer starred in include: Waterloo, The Man Who Would Be King, The Return of the Pink Panther, Lock Up Your Daughters, Oedipus the King, Star Trek VI, 12 Monkeys and Spike Lee's Malcolm X biopic.

His career continued into the 21st Century, with Plummer taking on key roles in: A Beautiful Mind, All the Money in the World, The Last Station, The Exception, David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake and the camp murder-mystery Knives Out.

He also leant his voice to animated films such as Disney-Pixar's Up and An American Tail, as well as being cast as the mentor character Arngeir in the videogame The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

He won a plethora of awards during his lifetime for his acting skills, including 

One Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a British Academy Film Award. 

He is also one of the few performers to have received the Triple Crown of Acting, and the only Canadian to do so.

Plummer also became the oldest actor, at the age of 88, to be nominated for an Oscar thanks to his role as real-life billionaire J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott's 2017 film All the Money in the World.

His last confirmed film role will be in the upcoming fantasy film Heroes of the Golden Mask.

Rather fittingly, the song that Captain von Trapp sings in The Sound of Music, Edelweiss, is named after a flower which is often said to symbolise courage, bravery and love: all of which were traits that Plummer perfectly encapsulated both on and off screen. 

Christopher Plummer is survived by his wife and daughter, Amanda Plummer, who is also an accomplished actress in her own right and has appeared in films such as Pulp Fiction and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.