Christopher Plummer, an actor recognized for his role as Captain Von Trapp in “The Rebel Novice” has died at the age of 91, The Guardian reported. His family confirmed the news, saying that died peacefully at his home in Connecticut with his wife Elaine Taylor, 53 by his side.
Lou Pitt, his longtime friend and manager for 46 years, said in a statement:
“Chris he was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with excellent old-fashioned manners, a self-deprecating humor, and the music of words. It was a national treasure that deeply enjoyed its Canadian roots. Through his art and his humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come. He will be with us forever. “
His greatest success as an actor was “La Novicia Rebelde”
The Canadian-born actor had a dazzling career on screen, which spanned seven decades. From movies like “The Rebel Novice”, next to Julie Andrews, up to “All the money in the world.”
Plummer’s first appearance in a movie was in “Stage Struck” in 1958, but his greatest success and best-known role was that of Captain von Trapp in “The Rebel Novice” in 1965. The film was an adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical about the real-life Von Trapp family. Plummer was originally reluctant to play such a role but it earned him great accolades.
Among his most recent roles, Plummer was featured in “All the Money in the World,” a 2017 Ridley Scott film.
In 2010, he received his first Oscar nomination, for the Tolstoy biopic “The Last Station.” Two years later, at age 82, he won the Oscar for his role as a man who comes out as gay. To date, he is the oldest actor to win an Oscar.
Who was Christopher Plummer?
Arthur Plummer was born in Toronto in 1929, Great-grandson of John Abbott, the third Prime Minister of Canada. The actor grew up in Quebec, speaking English and French fluently.
He joined the Montreal Repertory Theater and his first performances were in the theater, leading to his first Tony nomination in 1959. Since his inception on the big screen, Plummer participated in more than 45 films.
He was married three times, to Tammy Grimes, Patricia Lewis, and Elaine Taylor. He had a daughter, actress Amanda Plummer, fruit of his relationship with Grimes.