Oscar Winner Christopher Plummer, Dies at 91
By Abb Jones
Oscar-winning actor Christopher Plummer has died at his home in Connecticut.
A stage actor for much of the first half of his career, Plummer won his first Tony in 1974 for the musical Cyrano. His second would come in 1997 for his portrait of John Barrymore.
But it was his role a the patriarch of the von Trapp family in 1965’s The Sound of Music, a role he later said he despised, that propelled him to stardom. The film which co-starred Julie Andrews as the governess of the seven von Trapp children, would go on to become one of the most popular films of all time, winning five Oscars, including Best Picture. Plummer said he hated how “awful, sentimental and gooey” it was, wincing each time he recalled singing “Edelweiss” as a single tear rolled down his cheek.
Plummer’s own Oscar win would come much later, in 2010 for his role in Beginners, about a terminally ill man who comes out as gay following the death of his elderly wife. The prize would make him the oldest actor, at 80, to win an Oscar.
Plummer scored another milestone in 2018, becoming the oldest actor ever nominated for an Oscar, a Supporting Actor nomination for his role as oil tycoon J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World.
Plummer is survived by his wife Elaine Taylor of 51 years and Tony award-winning daughter, Amanda.
Christopher Plummer was 91.
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