Iconic Canadian actor 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 today at his home in Connecticut. The actor was aged 91 and was the oldest person to win an Oscar, an octogenarian at that time. In 1968, sanctioned by Elizabeth II, he was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada, an honorary knighthood. Plummer was a former leading member of the Royal National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier and the Royal Shakespeare Company under Sir Peter Hall, where he won London’s Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in Becket.
Plummer’s TV appearances, which number close to 100, include the Emmy-winning BBC Hamlet at Elsinore playing the title role. the actor’s range of notable films include The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Battle of Britain (1969), Waterloo 1970), Fall of The Roman Empire (1964), Star Trek VI (1991), Twelve Monkeys (1995). His more recent films playing Mike Wallace in 1999’s The Insider — for which he won a National Film Critics Award — the Best Picture Oscar winner A Beautiful Mind, National Treasure, Must Love Dogs, Syriana, Inside Man, Man in the Chair, the Pixar toon Up, the title role in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Hector and the Search for Happiness, Danny Collins, The Forger, Remember, The Exception, The Man Who Invented Christmas, Boundaries and 2019’s The Last Full Measure. Plummer spent the past nearly 70 years as a stalwart of stage and screen, including more than 200 films and TV shows. „Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come,” said Lou Pitt, his longtime friend and manager of 46 years.