Remembering the actor with a 75-year career; Christopher Plummer5 min readReading Time: 4 minutes
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The phenomenal actor who played Captain Von Trapp in the blockbuster film, The Sound of Music, passed away peacefully on February 6th at the age of 91. He was at his home in Connecticut surrounded by his loved ones.
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Christopher Plummer spent a considerable part of his early years at Quebec. He was the great grandson of Canada’s third prime minister, Sir John Abbott. He was heading for a career in music as a concert pianist when he found theatre.
He played all the leading Shakespearian roles in at the Shakespeare Festival in Canada. He acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre in Britain as well. He did all of this while maintaining a burgeoning film career that started with a theatrical comedy called Stage Struck (1958) where he played the role of a playwright.
An illustrious career
Plummer starred in 100 films over 75 years but earned at Oscar at the age of 82, making him the oldest actor to receive the honour.
Tune into Plummer’s Oscar acceptance speech:
Plummer is remembered for his role as the male lead of The Sound of Music, where he played the righteous but curt Captain Von Trapp, a single father to seven young children.
Here’s Captain Von Trapp singing to his children from a popular scene in the movie:
Owliver’s Obscure Observations:
Plummer himself was not very fond of The Sound of Music and the character he played. Surprising but true!
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He is also remembered for lending his voice to the character of Charlie Muntz from the 2009 animated movie, Up. Plummer also played Rudyard Kipling in the 1975 movie, The Man Who Could Be King. Plummer won the Oscar for his role as Hal Fields in The Beginners in 2010.
All through his film career, he continued to act on stage. He won his first Tony for the musical Cyrano in 1974. He won again in 1997 for Barrymore.
Plummer’s last movie, Knives Out, where he played a crime novelist, was released as recently as 2019.
Remembering a great actor
Christopher Plummer played the great Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station directed by Michael Hoffman. The director recalls,
The last time I saw Chris, he was receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He seemed a little put off by the fuss, a bit embarrassed by it all. It was the work that mattered to him…Michael Hoffman, Sourced from The Guardian
Many noted members of his industry remembered him fondly.
His The Sound of Music co-star, Julie Andrews, said,
The world has lost a consummate actor today and I have lost a cherished friend. I treasure the memories of our work together and all the humor and fun we shared through the years.Julie Andrews, Sourced from The Hindu
Here’s what his Knives Out co-star Chris Evans had to say about Plummer:
Canadian Prime Minster, Justin Trudeau, expressed his condolences on behalf of all Canadians, remembering the National Treasure that Plummer embodied:
Mr. Plummer was a timeless actor who entertained millions around the world and inspired many to pursue the arts. A true gentleman and a consummate professional, his presence both on and off the stage will be thoroughly missed.Justine Trudeau, Sourced from The Hindu
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