Veteran Canadian actor Christopher Plummer, whose decades-long career featured a star turn in “The Sound of Music” and an Oscar win late in life, has died, his manager said Friday. He was 91.
Born on December 13, 1929, in Toronto, Plummer died at his home in Connecticut with his wife Elaine Taylor at his side, his longtime friend and manager Lou Pitt said.
“Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self-deprecating humour and the music of words,” Pitt said in a statement.
“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.”
Plummer starred as the aristocratic widower Captain Georg von Trapp opposite Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music,” the beloved cinematic tale of a musical family and their mischievous governess in Austria on the eve of World War II.
Plummer was one of the most recognizable and admired character actors in Hollywood, with some 100 films under his belt.