Hollywood legend Christopher Plummer is no more. Fans will forever remember him as Captain von Trapp from the 1965 blockbuster, The Sound Of Music. The actor passed away in Connecticut with his wife, Elaine Taylor by his side. In 2012, he became the oldest actor to win an Oscar. His manager Lou Pitt said in a statement, "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. 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.”
In 1965, The Sound Of Music became the highest-grossing movie of Hollywood overtaking the legendary Gone With the Wind (1940). Plummer has done varied work in theatre, TV and film. His career has spanned over 60 years. Like fine wine, he got better with age. After 70, he began getting some truly great roles. In 2012, at the age of 82, he won an Oscar for 'Beginners' in the role of a man who comes out of the closet after his wife's demise. His dialogue at the ceremony, "You’re only two years older than me, darling" is still memorable. In 2009, he had got another Oscar nomination for his performance as Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station. He has won Tony and Emmy Awards as well. But fans across the globe mostly remember him from the film, The Sound Of Music. In fact, he never considered it as a great film for the greatest part of his career. After four decades, he said it was a "terrific movie". He romanced Julie Andrews in the film. He had done great roles in theatre in his youth and was very choosy about his work. He said he had the snobbish attitude of stage actors.
Hollywood fans loved him in films like The Insider (1999), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Inside Man (2006), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) where he played great characters. He was born in 1929 in a wealthy family. Julie Andrews 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."
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