Christopher Plummer Passes Away at Age 91


Christopher Plummer Has Died at 91 After Suffering a Fall

Odds are, you know Christopher Plummer from his role as Captain Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music. The 1965 film of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical was an incredible success, with a legacy that endures, even over fifty years later. Well, the man behind the music, Christopher Plummer, passed away on February 5. According to his friend and manager, Lou Pitt, it was the result of a fall. But rest assured, Plummer went peacefully with his wife at his side. 

The Life and Career of Christopher Plummer 

Christopher Plummer as Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music (1965)
Christopher Plummer as Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music (1965)

Plummer was born on December 13, 1929, in Toronto, Ontario. Although, he spent his childhood in Senneville, Quebec. He was interested in the arts from a young age, beginning with learning piano. As a boy, he developed a love for theater, but ultimately Laurence Olivier’s performance in Henry V (1944) motivated him to really pursue acting.  An amateur theater critic, Herbert Whittaker, discovered Plummer from his high school production of Pride and Prejudice, in which he played Mr. Darcy. 

Plummer’s career spanned over six decades. Through it, he starred in roles across television, movies, and theater. And he more than earned his accolades. He earned one Academy Award, two Tony Awards, two Emmy Awards, and in 2016, he received the Canadian Screen Award for Lifetime Achievement. And those are just the big ones. He received nominations and wins for countless, smaller award shows and festivals. 

His filmography is impossible to list here, but he was most well-known for his roles in The Sound of Music (1965), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Beginners (2010), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and more recently Knives Out (2019). Because his death was so unexpected, he was actually signed on for projects that were heading into production this year. He worked for literally his whole adult life. 

He married three times. First, he wed actress Tammy Grimes, with whom he had one daughter, Amanda Plummer. He went on to marry journalist Patricia Lewis, which lasted only a few years. Finally, in 1970, he married Elaine Taylor, and they were together the rest of his life. Amanda is his only child.

The Reaction

Christopher Plummer Passes Away at Age 91
Plummer as Klingon General Chang in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

Many stars posted their condolences on social media. Those who worked with him fondly remembered his on-set charisma, and those who hadn’t lamented the missed opportunity, and praised his work. 

Dan Stevens, who worked with Plummer on The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017), wrote on Instagram, “Extremely sad to hear that Hollywood Legend Christopher Plummer has died, aged 91. It was one of the great honours of my life getting to share a set and screen with him on The Man Who Invented Christmas. His humour – even when showing him Sound Of Music memes – will haunt me forever. Thoughts are with Elaine and his family.” 

Lou Pitt, Plummer’s manager, wrote, “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.”

And of course, Julie Andrews, who played Maria to Plummer’s Captain von Trapp, paid tribute as well. She 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.”

All over social media, the public mourned the loss. Everyone shared their memories of seeing Christopher Plummer on stage or screen. We all send our best wishes to his wife and family, and hope he rests now in peace. 

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