Christopher Plummer, actor famed for role in ‘Sound of Music,’ dies at 91 – Orange County Register

By Will Dunham | Reuters

Christopher Plummer, a patrician Canadian who starred as widower Captain von Trapp reverse Julie Andrews in the blockbuster 1965 musical “The Sound Of Music” and in 2012 grew to become the oldest actor to win an Oscar, has died at the age of 91, Deadline Hollywood reported on Friday mentioned on Friday.

Plummer handed away peacefully at his dwelling in Connecticut together with his spouse Elaine Taylor at his facet, the publication mentioned.

Plummer, an completed Shakespearean actor honored for his diverse stage, tv and movie work in a profession that spanned greater than six many years, was finest identified for his role in “The Sound Of Music,” which at the time eclipsed “Gone With the Wind” (1939) because the top-earning film ever.

Plummer flourished in a succession of meaty roles after age 70 — a time in life when most actors merely fade away. He claimed a long-awaited Academy Award at age 82 for his supporting efficiency in “Novices” as an aged man who comes out of the closet as homosexual after his spouse’s loss of life.

“You’re solely two years older than me, darling,” Plummer, who was born in 1929, purred to his golden statuette — first given for movies made in 1927 and 1928 — at the February 2012 Oscars ceremony. “The place have you ever been all my life?”

Plummer grew to become the oldest actor to win a aggressive Academy Award — supplanting Jessica Tandy and George Burns, who each have been 80 after they gained theirs.

Plummer appeared in greater than 100 movies and likewise was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Russian creator Leo Tolstoy in 2009’s “The Final Station.” He gained two Tony Awards for his Broadway work, two Emmy Awards for TV work and carried out for some of the world’s high theater corporations.

However for many followers his profession was outlined by his efficiency as an stern widower in “The Sound Of Music” — a role he known as “a cardboard determine, humorless and one-dimensional.” In his 2008 autobiography “In Spite Of Myself,” Plummer refers back to the film with the mischievous acronym “S&M.”

It took him 4 many years to vary his view of the movie and embrace it as a “terrific film” that made him proud.

Director Robert Smart, from proper, actor Christopher Plummer and actress Julie Andrews speak throughout a lunch break on the set of “The Sound of Music” in 1965.

Director Robert Smart’s healthful, sentimental movie follows the singing von Trapp household and their 1938 escape from the Nazis. Plummer’s character falls in love with Andrews, portraying a lady employed to care for his seven youngsters. The film gained the Academy Award as finest image of 1965.

“Initially I had accepted Robert Smart’s supply just because I wished to seek out out what it was prefer to be in a musical comedy,” Plummer wrote in his e-book. “I had a secret plan to someday flip ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ right into a Broadway musical. ‘S&M’ would subsequently be an ideal exercise in preparation for such an occasion.”

He mentioned he had by no means sung earlier than in my life – “not even in the bathe” – earlier than taking a role that included crooning the music “Edelweiss.” He blamed his personal “vulgar streak” for the need to star in a giant, splashy Hollywood extravaganza.

“And sure, all proper, I’ll admit it, I used to be additionally a pampered, smug, younger bastard, spoiled by too many nice theater roles,” he wrote. “Ludicrous although it might appear, I nonetheless harbored the old style stage actor’s snobbism towards moviemaking.”

Late-career renaissance

Plummer’s late-career renaissance started with director Michael Mann’s “The Insider” (1999) in which he portrayed CBS Information interviewer Mike Wallace, performing alongside Al Pacino and Russell Crowe.

That was adopted by triumphs in director Ron Howard’s Academy Award finest image winner “A Stunning Thoughts” (2001), director Spike Lee’s “Inside Man” (2006), “Up” and “The Imaginarium of Physician Parnassus” (each 2009) and “Barrymore” and “The Lady with the Dragon Tattoo” (each 2011).

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Plummer wears his Sherlock Holmes costume throughout a break in filming “Homicide by Decree” in London in 1978.

Plummer was born in Toronto on Dec. 13, 1929, right into a privileged railroad household. He was the great-grandson of Sir John Abbott, the third prime minister of Canada.

Plummer confessed to a boozy life-style with loads of affairs by the Sixties. He mentioned his third spouse, British actress Elaine Taylor, pressured him after their 1970 marriage to cease the carousing that consumed some of his friends and mates, corresponding to Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole.

“Yeah, I ended,” he instructed Britain’s Telegraph newspaper in 2010. “Sq. son of a bitch that I used to be, coward that I used to be! No, Elaine did say, ‘In case you don’t stop this silly over-drinking I’m outta right here.’ And thank God. She did in a way save my life.”

Plummer’s early movies included 1965’s “Inside Daisy Clover” with Natalie Wooden and Robert Redford, launched the identical yr as “The Sound Of Music,” “The Fall of the Roman Empire” (1964) with Sophia Loren and Alec Guinness, and “Triple Cross” (1966).

Amongst his extra colourful roles have been as an eye-patch-wearing Klingon in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Nation” (1991) and as an urbane jewel thief in “The Return of the Pink Panther” (1975). He mentioned he kicked himself for turning down the Gandalf role in the favored “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

One of his final main role was as one other patriarch, in the dark-comedy “Knives Out” in 2019.