Christopher Plummer, 'Sound of Music' actor, dies

Los Angeles: Veteran Canadian actor Christopher Plummer, whose decades-long career featured an indelible star turn in 'The Sound of Music' and an Oscar win late in life, died on Friday, his manager announced. H

e was 91.

Plummer died at his home in Connecticut with his wife Elaine Taylor at his side, his longtime friend and manager Lou Pitt said.

 

Plummer starred as the aristocratic widower Captain Georg von Trapp opposite Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music," the beloved 1965 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 and dozens of television roles.

His first Academy Award nomination came in 2010 for "The Last Station," for his portrayal of Russian author Leo Tolstoy.

He finally took home the golden statuette two years later, becoming -- at the age of 82 -- the oldest actor to win an Oscar, for his supporting role in "Beginners" as a man who openly embraces his homosexuality only after his wife dies.

 

 

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