R.I.P. Christopher Plummer, legendary screen star in the The Thorn Birds and The Moneychangers miniseries

He brought his striking stage presence to many live television productions in the 1950s.

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Christopher Plummer, Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner, has died at the age of 91. Best known as the surly Captain Von Trapp who warms to the unorthodox ways of Julie Andrews' Maria in The Sound of Music, Plummer also appeared in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and, at 82, became the oldest actor to win an Oscar for his performance in the film Beginners. Six years later he became the oldest person ever nominated for playing J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World.

Born in Toronto but raised in Montreal, Plummer began his career performing on stage in both English and French. His theatre experience helped in his television debut, a rendition of Shakespeare’s Othello in 1953 on the Canadian anthology series General Motors Presents, known as Encounter in the U.S. The episode was also the first television appearance of fellow Canadian Lorne Greene, who played the title character.

Plummer continued in teleplays, many performed live, on shows like Studio One in Hollywood, Suspense, Producers' Showcase and General Electric Theatre. These early roles would prove prophetic as he later won acclaim in Broadway versions of the same stories, like Othello, opposite James Earl Jones, and Cyrano, the musical based on Cyrano de Bergerac.

After playing supporting roles in only a few theatrical films, Plummer won the part he is still known for to this day — Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. After that he was a bona fide movie star, appearing in multiple projects a year through the 1970s. He also joined several limited series in the 70s and 80s, reuniting with Lorne Green in Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers, and starring alongside Barbara Stanwyck and Richard Chamberlain in The Thorn Birds.

Though he already had a decades-long career by the end of the 20th century, Plummer's time in show business was far from over. He appeared in the movies Malcolm X, 12 Monkeys, The Insider, A Beautiful Mind, National Treasure, and Inside Man, among many others. One of his most memorable recent roles was in the whodunnit Knives Out. Plummer plays a wealthy patriarch, somewhat of a theme in his later roles, whose murder throws his adult children into a frenzy.

With a career that spanned nearly 70 years, Christopher Plummer fully cemented his status as an acting legend of both stage and screen.

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327053 32 months ago
Great actor!!! Also enjoyed his narration work 😔
Snickers 33 months ago
Really like the role he played " In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country"
Mirramanee 33 months ago
I, too, loved him very much in The Sound of Music but equally loved him as the Shakespeare-spouting Klingon in Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country. I also loved him in the mini-series (or possibly TV movie?) about Catherine the Great. It was called Young Catherine and he played an adviser to her and helped her survive all sorts of court intrigue against her.
jacko3 38 months ago
Christopher Plummer, a fantastic actor - LORD Bless his soul - Amen - Alleluia!
denny 38 months ago
He passed on February 5, 2021.

Didn't see it in the article, maybe I missed it.
Pacificsun 38 months ago
Mentioned in this tribute to CP is also The Thorn Birds which doesn't get much notice now a days. (Probably because of it's religious undertones). But it was a beautifully produced movie of epic (location) proportions. The acting was rich and complicated.
I'm glad Mr. Plummer (as was Richard Chamberlain) a part of that series.
CountStone62 39 months ago
What no mention of knives out.
Mirramanee CountStone62 33 months ago
Knives Out is mentioned near the end of the article.
obectionoverruled 39 months ago
I’m no romanticist, but when Christopher Plummer sang duet with Julie Andrews as he proposed in the garden to her in The Sound of Music, his film legacy was established for me. Something Good is one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s brilliant compositions in a huge book of musical writing that I still find so beautiful.
JustGeri obectionoverruled 38 months ago
I cry every single time I see this scene
texasluva 40 months ago
Saw this the other day at Notable Passing's. We will be watching your life's work. R.I.P. Christopher Plummer.
stephaniestavropoulos 40 months ago
He was good in TSOM. But I like the fact that he was able to go for "and now for something completely different." He worked with a animator turned director I admire. I don't think I've seen the entire movie, but the parts I have seen I like.
UTZAAKE 40 months ago
The one Christopher Plummer scene that I remember the most involved a nighttime pool party in Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers. When Joan Collins shed her clothes, Plummer had that thoroughly hedonistic expression on his face that was the stuff of legends. Collins in that miniseries was, too.
Barry22 40 months ago
My daughter, (who is now 29) was a fan of his when she was a child. She loved The Sound of Music, and also was a fan of the animated movie Rock-a-Doodle. Plummer voiced an evil owl in that one.
TheDavBow3 40 months ago
I know Christopher Plummer is a legendary actor but I remember him most in "The Return of the Pink Panther". I love Peter Sellers. RIP Mr. Plummer.
KMT6600 40 months ago
I love that man Christoper Plummer he was a great actor but God took him home to get his rest that he so deserved Rest in peace .
Tresix 40 months ago
Also died today: former wrestler Butch Reed. Also known as “Hacksaw” and “The Natural”. He was 66.
Barry22 Tresix 40 months ago
I was also a fan of Butch Reed.
MrsPhilHarris 40 months ago
Great actor. I just I watched two interviews he did in Canada with Canadian interviewers. One he had his psuedo British accent and one he did not.
DethBiz 40 months ago
RIP Mr. Plummer. An actor's actor. The door is closing fast on the talented actors and actresses of what acting once was.
obectionoverruled DethBiz 39 months ago
I used to think that until I recently saw (and re-saw) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the great spoof on Tinseltown, the 60’s and the Manson ‘family’. Pitt and DiCaprio were hilarious and I thought their stuntman and washed out cowboy roles were really well done! Pitt toying with the hippie standing at the street corner was one of the funniest scenes I’ve seen lately, and diCaprio’s ‘emotional’ conversation with the precocious child actor awaiting their scene together had me in stitches!
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