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The leg­endary Christo­pher Plum­mer

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Cana­dian ac­tor Christo­pher Plum­mer, 87, was an es­tab­lished star of the stage and small screen from long be­fore he was cast as Cap­tain Von Trapp in the film of the Broad­way mu­si­cal The Sound of Mu­sic.

It be­came the big­gest North Amer­i­can box of­fice suc­cess of 1965, al­though Plum­mer has never been a fan of its sen­ti­men­tal­ity, cheek­ily re­fer­ring to it as The Sound of Mu­cus.

Born in Toronto in 1929, Plum­mer made his Broad­way de­but in 1953 and has played such sem­i­nal Shake­spearean roles as Iago in Othello and the ti­tle role in Mac­beth.

His 1997 turn as ac­tor John Bar­ry­more in the play Bar­ry­more earned him his sec­ond Tony award and was a big suc­cess on tour.

More re­cently, Plum­mer be­came the old­est ac­tor, at 82, to win an Os­car, play­ing a clos­eted gay man who comes out shortly be­fore his death in the 2011 film Be­gin­ners. His other hon­ours in­clude a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

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Christo­pher Plum­mer, cast mem­ber of the clas­sic ilm The Sound of Mu­sic, re­ceived a life­time achieve­ment award at the Cana­dian Screen Awards in 2015.

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