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