One of Hollywood’s most legendary and versatile actors, Christopher Plummer, passed away on February 5th at his family home in Connecticut.
He was born on December 13th, 1929 in Toronto, Canada, and was raised in Montreal, beginning his career through stage and radio speaking both English and French. He made his career debut in 1954 in New York, keeping a five-decade career in theatre alongside his film career. His film career consisted of memorable roles such as Baron von Trapp in The Sound of Music, the jealous manager of Elise McKenna in Somewhere in Time, the narrator of the TV show Madeline, the voice of Charles Muntz in Up, and Harlan Thrombey in Knives Out. Though he won many awards for his acting, he is one of the few actors, and only Canadian actor, to have achieved the “Triple Crown of Acting” by winning two Emmys, one for The New Adventures of Madeline and Arthur Hailey’s The Moneychangers, two Tonys for the musical Cyrano, and the play Barrymore, and his one and only Oscar as the oldest winner for his performance as Hal in the 2010 movie Beginners.
“Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession,” says Lou Pitt, Plummer’s friend and manager for over forty-six years, “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.”