This past Friday the world lost an acting legend as Christopher Plummer passed away at his home in Connecticut. His death was a result of complications from a blow to the head after suffering a fall a couple of weeks prior. His career spanned over six decades and numerous indelible performances, although for many he will always be remembered as Captain Von Trapp from the 1965 classic The Sound of Music. He had still been doing great work in recent years with notable appearances in Rian Johnson’s murder mystery Knives Out and Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World, the latter of which had earned him his third Academy Award nomination. He was 91 years old.
Plummer started acting in high school and cut his teeth at the Montreal Repertory Theatre before moving to Bermuda. From here he was recruited to Broadway and dabbled in television work throughout the ’50s until 1958 when he made his film debut in Sidney Lumet’s Stage Struck followed by Nicholas Ray’s Wind Across the Everglades. He continued to stay involved with theatre but his movie career took off in 1965 when The Sound of Music became a massive hit, dethroning Gone with the Wind as the highest-grossing movie of all time.
He followed this up with roles in Triple Cross, Battle of Britain, The Return of the Pink Panther and The Man Who Would Be King, among others. In 1991 he played the Klingon villain General Chang in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and in the late ’90s and 2000s he appeared in such acclaimed films as The Insider and A Beautiful Mind. It wasn’t until 2010 that he received his first Oscar nomination for The Last Station and a couple of years later he finally won for his performance in Beginners. What are your favourite Christopher Plummer performances?