Very sad news came in just as we were posting today’s “End of Week Production Notes,” and it seemed wrong to wait until Monday to share the fact that legendary Oscar-winning actor Christopher Plummer had died at the age of 91 at his home in Connecticut.
Possibly one of the most acclaimed and respected actors still working into his 80s, Plummer might be best known for his role as “Captain Von Trapp” in the movie musical The Sound of Music back in 1965, but he had a long career on stage and television before moving into the movies.
Despite a career that’s lasted over 60 years, Plummer only received his first Oscar nomination in 2010 for The Last Station, and two years later, he won the Oscar for his role in Mike Mills‘ Beginners. Three years ago, Plummer was nominated for a third Oscar when he was cast by Sir Ridley Scott to replace the disgraced Kevin Spacey as JT Getty in the thriller, All the Money in the World. It would make Plummer the oldest actor to ever receive an Oscar nomination.
Other classic films in Plummer’s filmography include 1975’s The Man Who Would Be King, in which he played Rudyard Kipling; 1979’s Hanover Street; 1987’s Dragnet movie; the 1983 TV mini-series The Thorn Birds; Terry Gilliam‘s 1995 sci-fi thriller Twelve Monkeys; 2004’s National Treasure; Rian Johnson‘s 2019 comedy Knives Out; and many, many more.
I myself had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Plummer for The Last Station, and he was an absolute delight, so this is very sad news for anyone who knew or worked with the talented legend.