Christopher Plummer (1929-2021)


The cinematic world lost another legend today, as it was announced that Christopher Plummer has passed away. He dead peacefully at his home, at the age of 91. The oldest person to win an Academy Award, Plummer was a highly respected actor, someone who worked up until the end. Winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Beginners started a trend where he would show up in all manner of projects over the last handful of years, including notably coming on to shoot All the Money in the World in a manner of days. Nominated for that role, he still was vital and an important piece of Hollywood. To say that he will be missed is an understatement. RIP.

Here’s a bit from the Deadline obituary:

Christopher Plummer, who starred in The Sound of Music, won an Oscar for Beginners and was nominated for All the Money in the World and The Last Station, died peacefully today at his home in Connecticut, his family confirmed. Elaine Taylor, his wife and true best friend for 53 years, was by his side.

Along with becoming the oldest person to win an Oscar, Plummer also won a pair of Emmys and two Tonys during a nearly 70-year career.

Plummer spent the past nearly 70 years as a stalwart of stage and screen, including more than 200 films and TV shows. He is best known for starring as Captain George Von Trapp opposite Julie Andrews’ Maria in Robert Wise’s 1965 classic The Sound of Music. The beloved musical won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, beating David Lean’s Doctor Zhivago, among others. The movie’s soundtrack, which features such classic songs as “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title track, spent two weeks at No, 1 in the U.S. and an astounding 109 weeks — more than two years — in the top 10.

He won his Oscar for the 2010 film Beginners and most recently was Oscar nominated for the Ridley Scott-directed All the Money in the World. In that film, he replaced Kevin Spacey in the role of J. Paul Getty after Spacey had an #MeToo downfall. Plummer most recently co-starred in the ensemble of the Rian Johnson-directed Knives Out.

Rest in Peace…

(Source: Deadline)

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A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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