Christopher Plummer: An Actor Who Truly Became Legendary

Plummer, in an interview to the People's magazine said, " To do a lousy part like von Trapp, you have to use every trick you know to fill the empty carcass of the role. That damn movie follows me around like an albatross."

"We’ve lost one of our most iconic and beloved actors. From the Stratford Festival to "The Sound of Music" to "Star Trek," and countless other performances, Christopher Plummer gave life to so many characters we love and cherish - and always performed with gravitas and heart," tweeted Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada after the death of Christopher Plummer.

Plummer was an Oscar award winner actor, best known for his role in The Sound of Music. He died peacefully at his home in Connecticut. Plummer was also nominated for the Oscars for The Last Station in 2010 and All the Money in the World in 2018. Plummer, in an interview to the People's magazine said, " To do a lousy part like von Trapp, you have to use every trick you know to fill the empty carcass of the role. That damn movie follows me around like an albatross."

Plummer also won a pair of Emmys and as per reports, he was the oldest person to won an Oscar. His long time friend and manager, Lou Pitt was quoted by Deadline as saying, "Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self-deprecating humor and the music of words. 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. He will forever be with us.”

Plummer was a part of nearly 200 films. He has given his life to cinema, stage and screen. He played a memorable role in The Sound of Music as Captain George Von Trapp opposite Julie Andrews' Maria. The prominent and popular musical won five Academy Awards including an award for Best Picture. He spent over 70 years in the film industry.

William Shatner, a Canadian actor, author, producer and director took to Twitter to profess his love for Plummer. He said, "A gentleman whose name is Christopher Plummer died today. He was what I call a friend. What is the definition of a friend? Somebody you know intimately whose every breath and every thought that is so much like yours or can a friend be someone whose life is..."

According to reports, Plummer was so elegant, master of his craft and perfectionist that he needed only a few minutes to grab the attention and leave an indelible or lasting impressing on his audience.

Kathy Bates, an American Actor and Director tweeted, "#ChristopherPlummer. I had the pleasure of working with Christopher and crossing swords with him in Dolores Claiborne. A true craftsman. One of the greats. A lovely human being. “Good night, sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

Plummer was born on December 30, 1939 in Toronto but he was raised in Montreal, Canada. Beginning his professional career on stage and radio, he worked in both French and English languages. Plummer won two Best Actor Tony awards for the musical Cyrano and the play Barrymore. He was the finest performer who won three Drama Desk Awards for Cyrano, Othello and Barrymore.

Plummer's colleagues, other artists and people say he was kind and sweet always. Stephen Amell, a Canadian Actor and Producer in a tweet wrote, " In early 2006 I had lunch with Lord Richard Attenborough, Shirley MacLaine and one of the most distinguished Canadians ever, Mr. Christopher Plummer. He was so kind and helpful. The man is a legend. He should be on Canadian currency." So, his colleagues and people who met him describe him as a most distinguished Canadian ever.

Plummer's TV appearances are numbered over 100. He was the first to receive the Jason Robards Award in memory of his friend, the Edwin Booth Award and the Sir John Gielgud Quill Award. He was also invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1968. The honorary knighthood was sanctioned by Queen Elizabeth II. He also received a Governor General's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Plummer, as per reports, was also inducted in Theatre Hall of Fame in 1986 and Walk of Fame in 2000.

From his most memorable and cherished, The Sound of Music, his co-star, 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."

Owen Gleiberman in an article, Christopher Plummer: An Impishly Irascible, Velvet-Voiced Actor Who Touched Something Timeless in Variety wrote, "The two sides of Plummer — the light and the dark, the romantic and the sleazy, the hammy and the humane — come together, quite gloriously, in “Beginners,” the sublime 2011 dramatic comedy for which he finally won an Oscar (for best supporting actor)." Similarly, Bruce Weber, in an article, Christopher Plummer Actor from Shakespeare to 'The Sound of Music' dies at 91, wrote in The New York Times, " He also had charm and arrogance in equal measure, and a streak both bibulous and promiscuous, all of which he acknowledged in later life as his manner softened and his habits waned."

Negar Mortazavi, a columnist with The Independent tweeted, " As a little girl growing up in Iran, I loved watching @SoundofMusic and Captain was one of my favorites. The film was fully dubbed into Persian by great actors, also every single song was re-written in Persian and performed over the original music. RIP #ChristopherPlummer."  All in all he was a great Shakespearean actor of the 20th century and remained timeless with her stellar performances and hard-work. From playing historical characters to bringing the scripted ones to life, his presence on screen stole hearts. He remained a quintessential scene stealer with a lustrous, gem like value. Plummer will be missed.

Rest in peace!

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