R.I.P Christopher Plummer: Oscar-winning star of 'Alexander' and 'Sound of Music' dies, age 91

Christopher Plummer

Oscar-winning Christopher Plummer peacefully at his Connecticut home according to his reps, with his wife and best friend of 53 years Elaine Taylor by his side.

To say Plummer left a lasting impact on the screen would be an understatement. The man’s work was prolific, varied and often memorable – starring in films from 1958 and working right up until his passing.

Among his many memorable roles was the wise Aristotle in Oliver Stone’s 2004 epic historical drama film “Alexander,” based on the life of the Ancient Macedonian general and king Alexander the Great

Christopher Plummer

Plummer also played:

  • Captain Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music,”
  • Reporter Mike Wallace in “The Insider,”
  • Hamlet-spouting General Chang in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,”
  • Rudyard Kipling in “The Man Who Would Be King,”
  • Sherlock Holmes in “Murder by Decree,”
  • Leo Tolstoy in “The Last Station,”
  • Chaplain Gill in “Malcolm X,”
  • Atahualpa in “The Royal Night of the Sun,”
  • Ermin Rommel in “The Night of the Generals,”
  • F. Lee Bailey in “American Tragedy,” and,
  • his Oscar-winning turn as Hal Fields in “Beginners”.

He was also the kind patriarch of sinister families in both David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,"

  • Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out,”
  • he replaced Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World,”
  • he was the scheming Arthur Case in Spike Lee’s “Inside Man,”
  • and the title role in Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus."

Christopher Plummer