Canadian actor Christopher Plummer is dead. He died on Friday at the age of 91 in his Connecticut home, according to various US media reports.
In a career spanning more than 50 years, Plummer has won many awards, including two Tony and two Emmy awards. In 2012, at the age of 82, he was named the oldest Oscar winner. He received the award for best supporting actor for his performance in the film “Beginners”.
In it he played a man who only confessed to his homosexuality in old age after the death of his wife. When he received his award, Plummer said: “I have to make a confession: When I came out of the womb for the first time, I was already rehearsing my acceptance speech for the academy.”
In total, Plummer played more than 125 different roles, from Baron von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” to the journalist Mike Wallace in “The Insider” and the psychiatrist Dr. Roses in “A Beautiful Mind” to several characters from the works of William Shakespeare. He also played in films such as “12 Monkeys” and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Land”.
In 2017, Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey in director Ridley Scott’s film “Alles Geld der Welt” – Spacey had been accused of sexual harassment and Scott had him cut out of the already finished film.
In 2018 he was nominated again for “Best Supporting Actor”. He played the oil billionaire Jean Paul Getty in the kidnapping thriller “Alles Geld der Welt”, directed by Ridley Scott. His last appearances in front of the camera included the crime comedy “Knives Out – Mord ist Familiensache” (2019) with Daniel Craig as a private detective and Plummer, as the unloved family patriarch who dies mysteriously.
Plummer was an “extraordinary man,” said his management. “Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will last for all generations to come. He will be with us forever.”