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Hollywood legend Christopher Plummer has died aged 91, his family has confirmed. He died peacefully at his home in Connecticut after an extraordinary acting career which spanned 75-years. has everything you need to know.

How did Christopher Plummer die?

Canadian actor Christopher Plummer has died aged 91-years-old. He died peacefully at his home in Connecticut, US.

His wife of 51 years Elaine Taylor, was by his side.

At the moment the cause of death remains unknown. will update this article when more information is available.

He is survived by Elaine and his only child, actress Amanda Plummer, from his first marriage to actress Tammy Grimes.

Lou Pitt, his longtime friend and manager of 46 years said; “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.”

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Plummer is a star of stage and screen, starring in more than 100 films during his career. 

He is best known for playing  Captain John Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.

While the film is loved by many, the actor slated it as he said it was the “toughest” he has ever had to play.

He told The Hollywood Reporter in 2011: “It was so awful and sentimental and gooey.

“You had to work terribly hard to try to infuse some minuscule bit of humour into it.”

However, the actor admitted that it was a “very good picture for what it is,” although he claimed working with Julie Andrews was like “being hit or the head with a Valentine’s card.”


Plummer is also well known for his role as Hal Fields in Beginners, where he starred alongside Ewan McGregor.

For his performance in Beginners, Plummer won the Academy Award for Best Actor, becoming the oldest person to win the acting award. 

He received a further Oscar nomination at age 88 fo this role as J.Paul Getty in the 2017 film All the Money in the World,  making him the oldest person to be nominated in an acting category.

Most recently, Plummer starred in the 2019 mystery film Knives Out as  Harlan Thrombey, the last performance before his death.

In Knives Out, he starred alongside Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis and Ana de Armas.

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Plummer is also well known for his role as Leo Tolstoy opposite Helen Mirren in The Last Station, which earned him his first Academy Award nomination in 2010.

His other well-known film credits include Malcolm X, The Exception, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo and The New World.

Plummer is also well known for his stage career, winning two Tony Awards in his lifetime and earning seven Tony nominations.

His well-known theatre credits include King Lear and Clarence Darrow in Inherit the Wind.

Fans and famous faces have been paying tribute to the late icon online.

Breaking Bad star Dean Norris tweeted alongside a picture of the pair together: “RIP Christopher Plummer. Brilliant actor and truly a great human. I had to rough him up in this movie and he insisted on doing it himself instead of a stunt man. Legend.”

Inception’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt posted several photographs of Plummer with the caption: “Christopher Plummer… one of the greats. <3.”

One fan tweeted: “rest in glory and peace, Captain von Trapp!”

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