Reports this week confirmed the death of another legendary entertainer.
According to the Washington Examiner, 91-year-old screen and stage actor Christopher Plummer died at his home in Connecticut, spending his final moments with his wife, Elaine Taylor.
Seven decades of entertainment
With a career that spanned seven decades, Plummer has portrayed unforgettable characters including Captain Von Trapp in the classic musical The Sound of Music.
Numerous articles eulogizing the veteran actor fall short of completely chronicling his impact on Hollywood and beyond, including groundbreaking performances in many iterations of masterpieces by English playwright William Shakespeare.
In 1976, he earned an Emmy Award for his starring role in the miniseries The Moneychangers. Decades later, he became the oldest Academy Award winner ever, earning a nod at the age of 82 as a supporting actor in the movie The Beginners.
A Canadian actor, Plummer was born in Toronto and raised in Montreal, going on to secure roles in both English and French productions.
Even in his late 80s, he continued to work, recently starring in the 2019 film Knives Out and leaving some of his fans with the belief that he logged some of his best work late in his life. As Plummer mused following his 2012 Academy Award win, he long had dreams of making a splash on the big stage.
“A lovely man and a legendary talent”
“You’re only two years older than me, darling,” he said to his Oscar statue. “Where have you been all my life? When I first emerged from my mother’s womb, I was already rehearsing my Academy thank-you speech. But it was so long ago, mercifully for you, I’ve forgotten it.”
A range of A-list actors and admirers shared memories and mourned Plummer’s passing, with many of them expressing the influence he had on their lives and careers.
Actor Chris Evans, who worked with Plummer on Knives Out, recalled one particularly fond memory the two men shared playing the piano together between sets, declaring: “He was a lovely man and a legendary talent.”
Julie Andrews, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood, and a host of other public figures also shared personal memorials.
Reports indicate he died after falling and hitting his head. In addition to his wife, Plummer is survived by his daughter, Amanda.