Christopher Plummer's Life in Photos

The award-winning stage and screen actor died on Feb. 5 at the age of 91.

On Feb. 5, the world lost award-winning Canadian actor Christopher Plummer. The 91-year-old star of stage and screen died Friday morning at his home in Connecticut, Variety reported. Plummer was known for his roles in films like The Sound of MusicBeginners, and Knives Out, along with several Shakespeare plays.

Plummer was a multi-hyphenate performer whose career spanned decades, earning him awards across multiple mediums—with only a Grammy standing between him and an EGOT. Plummer received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 2010's Beginners. He was nominated for seven Emmys and won two: one for Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers and another for his voiceover work on Madeline. His first Tony arrived for his leading role in Cyrano, and he received a second for his performance in Barrymore.

Plummer's agent and longtime friend Lou Pitt described him as a "national treasure," which his fans would certainly agree with. "Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self-deprecating humor, and the music of words," Pitt said in a statement to Variety. "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."

Read on for a look back at Plummer's decades-long career through photos. And to recall another star we lost recently, revisit Cicely Tyson's Life in Photos.


Christopher Plummer
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Here, Plummer prepares in his dressing room before taking the stage to perform The Lark, his second Broadway play after The Starcross Story in 1954.


Christopher Plummer wraps Susan Strasberg in his coat
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After appearances on several TV shows, Plummer made his film debut with Stage Struck. Here, he can be seen wrapping co-star Susan Strasberg in his coat in a scene from the movie.


Becket with Christopher Plummer
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Plummer made his London theatrical debut in the role of Henry II in Becket. He received the London Evening Standard Award for his performance.


Christopher Plummer rehearses for 'Hamlet'
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Plummer took on the role of Hamlet in an acclaimed British TV production titled Hamlet at Elsinore. Here, the actor is seen rehearsing a fight scene with Dyson Lovell, who played Laertes. And to honor another recently departed star, peruse Cloris Leachman's Life in Photos.


Christopher Plummer in The Sound of Music
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Plummer was perhaps best known for playing Captain von Trapp beside Julie Andrews in the Oscar-winning film adaptation of The Sound of Music.


Christopher Plummer and Elaine Taylor
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Plummer wed his third wife, Elaine Taylor, in 1970. The two remained married until his death. Here, the couple is posed in Plummer's 40-year-old Invicta.


Christopher Plummer in Cyrano
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Here, Plummer is pictured on the opening night of Cyrano at the Plaza Theater in New York. Plummer won his first Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his work in this show. And for more celebrity news, sign up for our daily newsletter.


Christopher Plummer as Sherlock Holmes
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Plummer played the iconic role of Sherlock Holmes in the movie Murder by Decree, directed by Bob Clark.


Christopher Plummer Cleaning Dagger backstage for Othello
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Plummer starred in Othello on Broadway as Iago opposite James Earl Jones in the title role. Here, Plummer is seen cleaning the dagger he used onstage. Plummer was nominated for a Tony for his performance.


Christopher Plummer Star Trek
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In 1991, Plummer played the role of Chang in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Plummer was a big fan of the films before starring in one.

"I was a serious Trekkie when it first came out. I was living in England all through the 1960s, but I watched you on television over and over again," Plummer told co-star William Shatner in the 2011 documentary The Captains.


Tony winners in 1997
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Here, Plummer poses with his fellow 1997 Tony Award winners James NaughtonBebe Neuwirth, and Janet McTeer. Plummer received the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his role in Barrymore, based on the life of actor John Barrymore. And for more memorable stars of yesteryear, discover The Biggest Male Icon Every Year Since You Were Born.


Christopher Plummer accepting Oscar Award
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Plummer won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Beginners. Per Variety, Plummer was the oldest actor to win an Academy Award for Supporting Actor.


Julie Andrews and Christopher Plumer
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Plummer is pictured with longtime friend and former co-star Andrews at the Opening Night Gala and screening of The Sound of Music during the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival.


Premiere Of Sony Pictures Entertainment's "All The Money In The World" - After Party
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Here, Plummer is seen chatting with director Ridley Scott at the after-party for the premiere of All the Money in the World. Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey after Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct. According to Variety, Scott reshot all of Spacey's scenes with Plummer just one month out from the movie's release. Plummer earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his performance.


Christopher Plummer
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Plummer is seen attending a post-screening event for the hit film Knives Out. In one of his final film roles, the actor appeared alongside an all-star ensemble. And for more tributes to departed icons, Stars Are Posting the Sweetest Carrie Fisher Tributes on Her Birthday.

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