Remembering Christopher Plummer (1929 - 2021)

We honor the legacy and acting career of stage and screen legend Christopher Plummer.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

Christopher Plummer on the set of "The Sound of Music."

© 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved / courtesy Everett Collection

Acting legend Christopher Plummer passed away today at the age of 91. The Canadian-born actor leaves a long legacy of film behind, but Plummer will perhaps be best known for his big breakout role as Captain Georg von Trapp in the 1965 musical "The Sound of Music." More recently he made big waves when he was named the eleventh-hour replacement in Ridley Scott's 2017 historical drama "All the Money in the World," taking over the role of J. Paul Getty from disgraced actor Kevin Spacey -- from which he would receive his third Oscar nomination. Later in 2019, Plummer starred in the Rian Johnson whodunit "Knives Out" as family patricarch and mystery writer Harlan Thrombey.

An acclaimed actor, Plummer nearly achieved the coveted E.G.O.T., having received an Academy Award for his role in the 2011 comedy-drama "Beginners," two Tony Awards for his roles in the 1974 musical "Cyrano" and the 1997 play "Barrymore," and two Primetime Emmy Awards for his performances in 1977's "Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers," and in the 1994 children's cartoon "Madaline." He was nominated for a Grammy in 1986 for his recording of the classic children's story "The Nutcracker," but didn't win.

We honor the late Christopher Plummer with a selection of photos and a look back at his long career.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Christopher Plummer, 1965.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, 1965.
STAGE STRUCK, from left, Susan Strasberg, Christopher Plummer, 1958
OEDIPUS THE KING, from left, Christopher Plummer, Lilli Palmer, 1968
SOMEWHERE IN TIME, Christopher Plummer, 1980.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC, from left: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, between scenes, on set, 1965.
THE HIGH COMMISSIONER, (aka NOBODY RUNS FOREVER), from left: Rod Taylor, Christopher Plummer, Lilli Palmer, 1968.
THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, Christopher Plummer, 1964
BOUNDARIES, from left: Christopher Plummer, Vera Farmiga, 2018.
ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, Christopher Plummer, as J. Paul Getty, 2017.
KNIVES OUT, Christopher Plummer, 2019.
BARRYMORE, Christopher Plummer, as John Barrymore, 2011.
EYEWITNESS, from left, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Plummer, 1981.
INSIDE MAN, Christopher Plummer, 2006.
DRACULA 2000, Christopher Plummer, 2000.
THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE, from left: Christopher Plummer, Jacqueline Bisset, 1975.
REMEMBER, Christopher Plummer, 2015.
MURDER BY DECREE, Christopher Plummer, David Hemmings, 1979.
THE NEW WORLD, Christopher Plummer, 2005.
STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, Christopher Plummer, William Shatner, 1991.

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Matt Lissauer

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Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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