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    Default Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer dead at 91

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    Christopher Plummer, the dashing award-winning actor who played Captain von Trapp in the film “The Sound of Music” and at 82 became the oldest Academy Award acting winner in history, has died. He was 91.
    Plummer died Friday morning at his home in Connecticut with his wife, Elaine Taylor, by his side, said Lou Pitt, his longtime friend and manager



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    Over more than 50 years in the industry, Plummer enjoyed varied roles ranging from the film “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” to the voice of the villain in 2009′s “Up” and as a canny lawyer in Broadway’s “Inherit the Wind.”
    But it was opposite Julie Andrews as von Trapp that made him a star. He played an Austrian captain who must flee the country with his folk-singing family to escape service in the Nazi navy, a role he lamented was “humorless and one-dimensional.” Plummer spent the rest of his life referring to the film as “The Sound of Mucus” or “S&M.”
    “We tried so hard to put humor into it,” he told The Associated Press in 2007. “It was almost impossible. It was just agony to try to make that guy not a cardboard figure.”
    The role catapulted Plummer to stardom, but he never took to leading men parts, despite his silver hair, good looks and ever-so-slight English accent. He preferred character parts, considering them more meaty.
    Plummer had a remarkable film renaissance late in life, which began with his acclaimed performance as Mike Wallace in Michael Mann’s 1999 film “The Insider,” continued in films such as 2001’s “A Beautiful Mind” and 2009′s “The Last Station,” in which he played a deteriorating Tolstoy and was nominated for an Oscar.
    In 2012, Plummer won a supporting actor Oscar for his role in “Beginners” as Hal Fields, a museum director who becomes openly gay after his wife of 44 years dies. His loving, final relationship becomes an inspiration for his son, who struggles with his father’s death and how to find intimacy in a new relationship.
    “Too many people in the world are unhappy with their lot. And then they retire and they become vegetables. I think retirement in any profession is death, so I’m determined to keep crackin’,” he told AP in 2011.
    Plummer in 2017 replaced Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty in “All the Money in the World” just six weeks before the film was set to hit theaters. That choice that was officially validated in the best possible way for the film — a supporting Oscar nomination for Plummer, his third. In 2019, he starred in the TV suspense drama series “Departure.”
    There were fallow periods in his career — a “Pink Panther” movie here, a “Dracula 2000″ there and even a “Star Trek” — as a Klingon, no less. But Plummer had other reasons than the scripts in mind.
    “For a long time, I accepted parts that took me to attractive places in the world. Rather than shooting in the Bronx, I would rather go to the south of France, crazed creature than I am,” he told AP in 2007. “And so I sacrificed a lot of my career for nicer hotels and more attractive beaches.”
    The Canadian-born actor performed most of the major Shakespeare roles, including Hamlet, Cyrano, Iago, Othello, Prospero, Henry V and a staggering “King Lear” at Lincoln Center in 2004. He was frequent star at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada.
    “I’ve become simpler and simpler with playing Shakespeare,” he said in 2007. “I’m not as extravagant as I used to be. I don’t listen to my voice so much anymore. All the pitfalls of playing the classics — you can fall in love with yourself.”
    He won two Tony Awards. The first was in 1974 for best actor in a musical for playing the title role in “Cyrano” and his second in 1997 for his portrayal of John Barrymore in “Barrymore.” He also won two Emmys.
    Plummer was born Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer in Toronto. His maternal great-grandfather was former Canadian Prime Minister Sir John Abbott. His parents divorced shortly after his birth and he was raised by his mother and aunts.

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    Another one!!!??

    2021 Better leave Betty White, Dick VanDyke & Carol burnett alone!

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    Jesus Christ, that's another one from the ones between 90 and 100 I just mentioned in some other thread. Another fine actor. Dammit. R.I.P.
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    Dammit!

    He was great in every single role I saw him in, and I totally crushed on him from time to time. I loved The Sound of Music, so it's amusing to me that he seemed to dislike it so much.

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    I think the problem for Plummer was that he felt like he was getting defined by it because it was his big breakout role and it was very treacly. But he has a very long and illustrious list of credits after that. Never stopped working.
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    this one i've actually heard of! and loved. RIP to an amazing actor. he had a bit of a career renaissance in recent years, and a well deserved one. i think his most recent roles were among his very best, if not the best.
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    ^He was terrifyingly despicable in All the Money in the World. So sad to lose these amazing old actors.
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    I just watched the scene in Sound of Music where he sang Edelweiss to his children - while the Baroness watched he and Maria fall in love with each other. It was cardboard cutout, I suppose, and definitely treacly, but I burst into tears.

    I loved that movie, and loved him. He was particularly amazing in Beginners, and so deserved that Oscar. He'll be missed.
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    This is so sad! Another great actor. RIP

    I love The Sound of Music. I actually did a study abroad in Austria and my school was on the grounds of the Leopoldskron palace where the outdoor scenes of the Von Trapp house were shot, as well as where the gazebo is.
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    Awww this is sad. My FB page is starting to look like the obituaries. Heartbreaking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tulip View Post
    This is so sad! Another great actor. RIP

    I love The Sound of Music. I actually did a study abroad in Austria and my school was on the grounds of the Leopoldskron palace where the outdoor scenes of the Von Trapp house were shot, as well as where the gazebo is.
    were the grounds as beautiful as in the movie? it still kills me when i see the movie and they have the fake backgrounds, and then they also film in the natural setting.

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    Going to speak my truth here - Christopher Plummer was gorgeous until the last. Genuinely was a toss up between him and Chris Evans in Knives Out as the most attractive.
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    ^^^^
    i think he and gregory peck are the only truly geriatric dudes i still would have.
    you can have chris evans and his ridiculous sweaters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by czb View Post
    were the grounds as beautiful as in the movie? it still kills me when i see the movie and they have the fake backgrounds, and then they also film in the natural setting.
    Absolutely. Salzburg was one place that was as beautiful as the postcards.
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