Christopher Plummer, the iconic Captain Von Trapp from ‘Smiles and Tears’, dies

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Today the world of cinema returns to dress in mourning. Christopher Plummer, whom the whole world will remember for playing the charismatic Captain Von Trapp in Smiles and Tears, has just passed away at 91 years of age. This has just been confirmed by his manager for almost five decades, Lou Pitt, who has sent a statement explaining that the Canadian-born actor has died peacefully at his home accompanied by his family and closest friends.

“Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession. A job that he carried out with excellent old-fashioned manners, self-critical humor and a passion for the musicality of words ”

“It was also a national treasure that deeply enjoyed its Canadian roots. Someone who through his art and his humanity touched all our hearts. His legendary life will last for all generations to come because he will always be with us, ” the announcement concludes.

Although, as we said, surely his work most remembered by viewers is that of the strict head of a large family who ends up surrendered to the charms of Sister María, played by Julie Andrews, in the musical Smiles and tears; de Plummer’s career dates back long before that milestone and continues to this day as well.

Just ten years ago he became the oldest Oscar winner to ever collect the coveted award, which won him Best Supporting Actor for the film Beginners, a drama directed by Mike Mills that also starred Ewan. McGregor. Two years earlier, he was also nominated for The Last Station, and in 2018, he was again a candidate for All the Money in the World, a crime thriller by Ridley Scott.

Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott

In addition to the Oscar, Christopher Plummer has also won awards throughout his 60-year careers such as the Golden Globe, the Emmy, and even the Tony, which recognizes theater professionals and which was his in 1974 after playing Cyrano de Bergerac in the musical of the same name; and in 1997 again by Barrymore.

Although the truth is that there were few awards for someone so passionate about acting that listing his filmography and theater work in full would be impossible. Among the most remarkable, apart from those already mentioned, we find titles such as The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), The Man Who Could Reign (1975), Twelve Monkeys (1996), A Wonderful Mind (2001), or Knives Out. He even had time to try his hand at animation by voicing the villain of Up, one of Pixar’s last jewels released in 2009. Rest in peace.

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