Christopher Plummer, the legendary Canadian actor whose career is spread across seven prolific decades, has died aged 91.
Plummer, who is arguably best known for his starring role in The Sound of Music, gained a reputation like no other for a range of critically acclaimed performances within film, television, and theatre. The actor is said to have died peacefully at his home in Connecticut. His family confirmed the news and stated that Elaine Taylor, his wife of 53 years, was by his side.
Lou Pitt, Plummer’s close friend and manager of 46 years, paid tribute to the actor by calling him “an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession”.
“He was a national treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots,” Pitt added. “Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come.”
Adding: “He will forever be with us.”
Born on December 13, 1929, in Toronto, Ontario, Plummer went on to make his Broadway debut in 1954 before establishing an uncompromisingly brilliant reputation for prominent in roles in iconic shows such as King Lear, Barrymore, Macbeth and more. In was in the same skillset which saw Plummer take on a number of roles in which he represented figures of historical importance like Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, Rudyard Kipling, Roman emperor Commodus and more.
Despite his success on the stage, Plummer is undoubtedly most celebrated for his work on the big screen having collaborated with some of the most recognised names in the business. With a glittering CV like no other, the actor has his name etched into the annals of cinematic history after appearing in Spike Lee’s 1992 film Malcolm X, Ron Howard’s superb 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and countless others.
However, despite appearing and thriving in an unfathomable amount of projects, Plummer’s crowning moment arrived in 2010 when he picked the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Mike Mills’ romantic comedy-drama Beginners. “You’re only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all my life?” he jokingly asked his award during the speech. “I have a confession to make. When I first emerged from my mother’s womb, I was already rehearsing my Academy thank you speech,” he added, in what is a brilliantly fitting view of his commitment to the art of action. “But it was so long ago, mercifully for you, I’ve forgotten it. But I haven’t forgotten who to thank. The Academy, of course, for this extraordinary honour.”
Plummer closed his speech in a wonderful tribute to his wife, a person he considered his true best friend and one that remained by his side until his death: “And lastly, my long-suffering wife, Elaine, who deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for coming to my rescue every day of my life. Thank you so much.”
RIP Christopher Plummer, a true great.