Christopher Plummer, star of The Sound Of Music and Oscar-winner for Beginners has died today. He was 91.
His wife, Elaine Taylor, stated he died peacefully today at his home in Weston, Connecticut.
His career spanned 70 years. Plummer was the oldest person to win an Oscar in 2010 for his role in Beginners.
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.”
He was a star of stage and screen and had amassed over 200 credits between his work in television and feature films, not to mention his many roles on stage.
Born on December 13, 1929, in Toronto and raised in Montreal, Plummer began his professional career on stage and radio in both French and English. After his New York debut in 1954, the actor went on to star in many celebrated productions on Broadway and London’s West End, winning accolades on both sides of the Atlantic.
He won two Best Actor Tony Awards, for the musical Cyrano and the play Barrymore, among seven career nominations spanning 38 years. His most recent noms were for his lead in King Lear in 2004 and for playing Clarence Darrow in Inherit the Wind three years later.
He was known for his roles in such films as Oedipus the King 1968, Battle Of Britain 1969, The Spiral Staircase 1975, The Return of the Pink Panther 1975, The Man Who Would Be King 1975, Murder By Decree 1979, Where The Heart Is 1990, Malcolm X 1992, A Beautiful Mind 2001, Knives Out 2019, and too many others to mention.
His output in television was equally as impressive with roles in such shows as The Thorn Birds 1983, Counterstrike 1990, Departure 2019, and many other mostly TV movies.
His genre roles were very impressive. He appeared in such films as Somewhere In Time 1980, Dreamscape 1984, Vampire In Venice 1988, Red Blooded American Girl 1990, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 1991, Wolf 1994, 12 Monkeys 1995, The Clown At Midnight 1998, Dracula 2000, Cold Creek Manor 2003, Priest 2011, and more.
Christopher Plummer was a giant in Hollywood and will be missed greatly.
Horror Patch offers our condolences to Christopher Plummer’s family, friends, and fans during this time.