Christopher Plummer Dies at 91
The Canadian film legend was known for his roles in 'The Sound of Music,' 'Beginners' and many more
Published Feb 05, 2021Canadian film legend Christopher Plummer has died. Today it was announced the actor passed away in his home in Connecticut, though his official cause of death was not revealed. He was 91.
Born in Toronto on December 13, 1929, Plummer grew up in Senneville, QC. Following his film debut in Stage Struck in 1958, Plummer went on to gain worldwide fame as as Captain Georg von Trapp in the classic 1965 musical The Sound of Music.
This led to a long a prolific career in both film and television, including an Academy Award win for his role in 2010's Beginners. Plummer was 82 at the time, making him the oldest person to ever win the award.
Among Plummer's many highlights were roles in such films as The Insider, 12 Monkeys, A Beautiful Mind, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Malcolm X, The New World and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
More recently, film fans may recognize Plummer from his role in Knives Out, as well as in All the Money in the World — a film in which Plummer stepped in to replace the disgraced Kevin Spacey.
Plummer was also has a long career onstage, especially when it came to multiple Shakespeare productions. He also did a variety of voice work over the years, such as in Pixar's Up, in which he played Charles Muntz, as well as in Madeline and An American Tail.
Over the course of his life, Plummer was married three times, first to Tammy Grimes and then to journalist Patricia Audrey Lewis and later actress-dancer Elaine Taylor.
Plummer is survived by Taylor and his daughter with Grimes, actress Amanda Plummer.