Christopher Plummer, the legendary actor who played Capt. Georg von Trapp in 'The Sound of Music', Mike Wallace in 'The Insider', and countless other roles, died yesterday at the age of 91.
Plummer first began his acting career at the age of 18 in his native Canada, where he became a successful stage actor and was a contemporary of William Shatner, who he would later star opposite in 'Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country' as General Chang of the Klingon Empire. Throughout the '50s and early '60s, Plummer became a celebrated actor and moved to the US where he began securing roles in Broadway and on television.
The role Christopher Plummer is perhaps best known for is playing the father of the von Trapp children in 1965's 'The Sound of Music'. Plummer went on to famously describe the movie as 'The Sound of Mucus' and jokingly described working with Julie Andrews as being beaten over the head with Valentine's Day card. Despite his own issues with the movie, it became one of the highest-grossing movies ever made and is a beloved family classic to this day.
More recently, Plummer starred in 2019's 'Knives Out' as the murder victim Harlan Thrombey, J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott's 'All The Money In The World', and had a voice role in the game 'Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' as Arngeir, the Greybeard who mentors the player.
All told, Christopher Plummer won a total of 25 awards for his work throughout his career, including an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the age of 80 - the oldest ever to win an acting award at the Oscars - for 'Beginners', two Emmys, two Tonys, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award.
Here's what some of his fellow actors and contemporaries had to say on social media.
A gentleman whose name is Christopher Plummer died today. He was what I call a friend. What is the definition of a friend? Somebody you know intimately whose every breath and every thought that is so much like yours or can a friend be someone whose life is... pic.twitter.com/VodBKXm5Uz
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 5, 2021
We’ve lost one of our most iconic and beloved actors. From the Stratford Festival to "The Sound of Music" to "Star Trek," and countless other performances, Christopher Plummer gave life to so many characters we love and cherish - and always performed with gravitas and heart.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 5, 2021
In early 2006 I had lunch with Lord Richard Attenborough, Shirley MacLaine and one of the most distinguished Canadians ever, Mr. Christopher Plummer. He was so kind and helpful. The man is a legend. He should be on Canadian currency. pic.twitter.com/lYoiapvWBt
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) February 6, 2021
#ChristopherPlummer. I had the pleasure of working with Christopher and crossing swords with him in Dolores Claiborne. A true craftsman. One of the greats. A lovely human being. “Good night, sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
— Kathy Bates (@MsKathyBates) February 6, 2021
Christopher Plummer... one of the greats. <3 pic.twitter.com/Nv0ANVQeWf
— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) February 5, 2021