Christopher Plummer has passed away at the age of 91. The actor died peacefully at home with his wife of 51 years Elaine Taylor at his side. Plummer was well known for his role as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and also garnered an Oscar for his role in Beginners.
Lou Pitt, his manager, and friend 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.”
Disney fans might recognize Plummer’s voice as Charles F. Munz in Disney-Pixar’s Up. He also portrayed John Adams Gates in National Treasure. His voice could be heard as the narrator for the Madeline franchise and he appeared as Mr. Massie in Cold Creek Manor for Touchstone Pictures and Abraham Van Helsing in Dracula 2000 for Miramax.
Plummer had a career that spanned 75 years on both the screen and the stage. From Montreal, Plummer started his career on the stage and radio speaking both English and French. He eventually found his way to New York City and would star in many stage productions on Broadway and also London’s West End. His first movie was Stage Struck in 1958.
Throughout the course of his career on the big screen, he played many different roles in many different types of movies. This included The Man Who Would Be King, Battle of Britain, Waterloo, Fall of The Roman Empire, Star Trek VI, Twelve Monkeys, The Sound of Music, A Beautiful Mind, The Insider, Must Love Dogs, National Treasure, Syriana, Inside Man and Knives Out. He also appeared on numerous television programs.
He didn’t just perform throughout his 75-year career, he also was honored for those performances. He received an Oscar, two Emmys, and countless other honors and awards throughout his career. He also recently wrote a book entitled, In Spite of Myself.