Sound of Music and Star Trek star Christopher Plummer dies, his family confirm

Hollywood legend Christopher Plummer has died peacefully at his home in Connecticut at the age of 91.

The Canadian actor's family confirmed the tragic news on Friday evening in a statement issued by his agent.

Lou Pitt, his manager of 46 years, told Deadline: "Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self-deprecating humour, 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."

The publication reports that his wife Elaine Taylor was by his side.

Christopher spent the past 75 years as a stage and screen icon and appeared in more than 100 films.

He is best known for playing Captain John Von Trapp in 1965 classic The Sound of Music.

Plummer went on to play the sinister Klingon general Chang in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in 1991.

The sci-fi movie took its subtitle from Hamlet and saw his character quote from the Bard's works.

The movie star received various accolades for his work over his career including an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a British Academy Film Award.

He was one of the few performers to receive the Triple Crown of Acting, and the only Canadian.

He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the age of 82 for his role in 2010 movie Beginners, becoming the oldest person to win an acting award.

The star received another Oscar nomination, his third, for playing billionaire John Paul Getty in 2017 drama All the Money in the World.

He was brought in at the last minute to replace Kevin Spacey, whose performance was removed from Sir Ridley Scott's film after Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct.

One of Plummer's last screen appearances came in 2019 comedy Knives Out, in which he played a mystery novelist who dies under curious circumstances.

The actor got married three times. His first wife was the actress Tammy Grimes, who he married in 1956.

Their marriage lasted four years, and they had a daughter together, actress Amanda Plummer who was born 1957.

He was married to journalist Patricia Lewis from May 4, 1962, until their divorce in 1967.

Three years after his second divorce, Plummer married actress Elaine Taylor on October 2, 1970.

Christopher and Elaine lived together in Weston, Connecticut.

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