Award-winning actor Christopher Plummer, best known for roles in The Sound of Music and more recently Knives Out, has died aged 91.
His wife of 53 years Elaine Taylor was by his side when he passed with his friend and manager Lou Pitt sharing in a statement that the actor died at his home in Weston, Connecticut following a blow to the head in an accidental fall.
“Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self-deprecating humour and the music of words,” Pitt said in a statement.
“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.”
Despite the enormous success of The Sound of Music, Christopher had previously shared that he despised the film, telling The Hollywood Reporter in 2011 his role was "gooey".
Later, in 2015, he told the same publication the production was “the last bastion of peace and innocence in a very cynical time.”
The actor starred in countless films from the 50s, his most recent film Heroes of the Golden Masks, in which Christoper was voicing a character, is still in production.
In 2010, he won an Oscar for his role as Hal Fields in the film Beginners, making him, at the time, the oldest Oscar winner in history at 82. In 2018, he earned another nomination for All the Money in the World, after he filled in for Kevin Spacey who had been dropped from the film following sexual misconduct accusations.
He had also previously won two Emmys and two Tonys and was known as one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of his generation.
"The world has lost a consummate actor today and I have lost a cherished friend," a statement written by his Sound of Music co-star Julie Andrews reads. "I treasure the memories of our work together and all the humor and fun we shared through the years. My heart and condolences go out to his lovely wife Elaine, and his daughter Amanda."
Christopher’s Knives Out co-star Chris Evans also shared a loving tribute for the actor on Twitter, writing, “This is truly heartbreaking. What an unbelievable loss. Few careers have such longevity and impact. One of my favorite memories from Knives Out was playing piano together in the Thrombey house between setups. He was a lovely man and a legendary talent.”
Knives Out director Rian Johnson also wrote, “RIP to Christopher Plummer, a living legend who loved his craft, and was an absolute gentleman. So lucky to have shared a set with him.”
Pixar shared a sweet tribute that read, “Pixar remembers Christopher Plummer, who as Charles Muntz in Up, taught us that ‘adventure is out there.’ Rest in peace, good friend.”
He is survived by his daughter Pulp Fiction star Amanda Plummer.
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