Christopher Plummer passes away: 'Sound Of Music' co-star Julie Andrews, 'Knives Out' co-stars Chris Evans, Ana De Armas and other Hollywood stars mourn his demise

Christopher Plummer, who starred as widower Captain von Trapp opposite Julie Andrews in the blockbuster 1965 musical ‘The Sound Of Music’ and in 2012 became the oldest actor to win an Oscar, has died at 91, his longtime friend and manager Lou Pitt said on Friday.

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. “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.”

Plummer passed away peacefully at his home in Connecticut with his wife Elaine Taylor at his side, Deadline Hollywood said.

Plummer, an accomplished Shakespearean actor honoured for his varied stage, television and film work in a career that spanned more than six decades, was best known for his role in ‘The Sound Of Music’, which at the time eclipsed ‘Gone With the Wind’ (1939) as the top-earning movie ever.

Following the news of his death, reactions came in from fellow Hollywood stars, former co-stars actors and others in statements and on social media.

‘The Sound Of Music’ actress 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 humour and fun we shared through the years.”

‘Knives Out’ co-star Chris Evans tweeted, “This is truly heartbreaking. What an unbelievable loss. Few careers have such longevity and impact. One of my favourite memories from “Knives Out” was playing piano together in the Thrombey house between setups. He was a lovely man and a legendary talent.”

Actor George Takei, “The Sound of Music is a sad one today as Christopher Plummer has left us today.”

The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Science also honoured his memory and his work in a post that read, “Christopher Plummer beguiled audiences across generations in memorable roles from Captain von Trapp in ‘The Sound of Music’ to Harlan Thrombey in ‘Knives Out’. He worked steadily for 60+ years, winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2012 for ‘Beginners’. He will be missed.”

‘Knives Out’ leading lady, Ana De Armas penned an emotional note that read, “My heart is broken, my dear Chris. I feel your loss deep inside. How lucky was I having you next to me in what’s been one the best experiences of my career. Thank you always for your laughter, your warmth, your talent, your stories about Marilyn, the vitamins when I got sick, your patience, your partnership and your company. I will always think of you with love and admiration. Rest In Peace.”

‘The Sound Of Music’ Official Twitter handle shared a note that read, “We’re saddened to hear of Christopher Plummer’s passing. His legacy as our Captain will live on in THE SOUND OF MUSIC forever. Our thoughts are with his loved ones during this time.”

The British Academy of Films and Television Arts posted a note that read, “We’re sorry to hear of the death of Christopher Plummer. Making amazing work since the ’50s, he was BAFTA nominated for All the Money in the World and won in 2012 for Beginners.”

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 performance in ‘Beginners’ as an elderly man who comes out of the closet as gay after his wife’s death.

He became the oldest actor to win a competitive Academy Award – supplanting Jessica Tandy and George Burns, who both were 80 when they won theirs.

He appeared in more than 100 films and also was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Russian author Leo Tolstoy in 2009’s ‘The Last Station’.” He won two Tony Awards for his Broadway work, two Emmy Awards for TV work and performed for some of the world’s top theatre companies.

But for many fans his career was defined by his performance as an stern widower in “The Sound Of Music” – a role he called “a cardboard figure, humorless and one-dimensional.” In his 2008 autobiography “In Spite Of Myself,” Plummer refers to the movie with the mischievous acronym “S&M.”

It took him four decades to change his view of the film and embrace it as a “terrific movie” that made him proud.

Plummer’s late-career renaissance began with director Michael Mann’s ‘The Insider’ (1999) in which he portrayed CBS News interviewer Mike Wallace, acting alongside Al Pacino and Russell Crowe.

That was followed by triumphs in director Ron Howard’s Academy Award best picture winner ‘A Beautiful Mind’ (2001), director Spike Lee’s ‘Inside Man’ (2006), ‘Up’ and ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’ (both 2009) and ‘Barrymore’ and ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'(both 2011).

Plummer’s early films included 1965’s ‘Inside Daisy Clover’ with Natalie Wood and Robert Redford, released the same year as ‘The Sound Of Music’, ‘The Fall of the Roman Empire’ (1964) with Sophia Loren and Alec Guinness, and ‘Triple Cross’ (1966).

Among his more colorful roles were as an eye-patch-wearing Klingon in ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’ (1991) and as an urbane jewel thief in ‘The Return of the Pink Panther'(1975). He said he kicked himself for turning down the Gandalf role in the popular ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.

One of his last major roles was as another patriarch, in the dark-comedy ‘Knives Out’ in 2019.