New York Daily News: MANHATTAN, NY – Christopher Plummer, the dapper classical actor who starred in “The Sound of Music,” Shakespeare revivals on Broadway and most recently “Knives Out,” has died at age 91.
The Canadian-born Oscar winner died early Friday at his home in Connecticut with his wife of 53 years, Elaine Taylor, by his side.
“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,” Lou Pitt, his longtime friend and manager, 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. He will forever be with us,” Pitt said.
Born in Toronto in 1929, he had a lengthy stage career that included top roles in two Shakespearean tragedies on Broadway.
He played Iago to James Earl Jones’ Othello in 1981, scoring a Tony nomination, and later the lead role in “Macbeth” opposite Glenda Jackson in 1988.
Plummer most famously played Captain von Trapp opposite Julie Andrews in the beloved 1965 film “The Sound of Music.”
In 2011, he became the oldest actor to win an Academy Award when he picked up the best supporting actor trophy for his work in “Beginners” at age 82.
- Top Feature Photo: In this June 11, 2018 photo, Christopher Plummer poses for a portrait to promote his film “Boundaries” in New York – Amy Sussman/Amy Sussman/Invision/AP