Screen legend Christopher Plummer, best known and loved for his role as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music (1965), passed away on February 5, 2021, aged 91.
However, his association with the noble Von Trapp never sat well with the actor, who said in 2006: “I’m still remembered for it, much to my chagrin – only because I’ve done so much more serious and interesting work. But at least it got me some of the best tables in restaurants all over the world.”
Here then are five equally notable and memorable roles from Plummer’s long and distinguished career…
THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON – Waterloo (1970)
Plummer would step into the shoes of the Duke of Wellington for this ambitious epic depicting one of the most famous battles in history. Playing opposite the excellent Rod Steiger as Napoleon, Plummer’s wonderful performance captures Wellington in a plethora of differing moods as his fortunes in the desperate battle ebbs and flows.
GENERAL CHANG – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Plummer brought a certain dignity to the cunning, Shakespeare-quoting Klingon general who wants to start a war with the Federation. The actor requested that his Klingon make-up be less, er, Klingon-looking, with a bald head and metal eyepatch creating a distinctive look. The character remains a firm favourite with Trekkers.
HAL – Beginners (2010)
Plummer won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as the terminally ill father to Ewan McGregor’s character, who drops the bombshell that he’s gay. At 82, he became the oldest Oscar winner in an acting category.
J. PAUL GETTY – All the Money in the World (2017)
A last minute replacement for the disgraced Kevin Spacey, Plummer did a sterling job on such short notice and is seamlessly blended into the film (no obvious CGI substitution here). Watching his reptilian portrayal of the tightwad billionaire who values money over family, it’s hard to imagine Spacey doing it better.
HARLAN THROMBEY – Knives Out (2019)
As the patriarch of the eccentric Thrombey family, Plummer only has a handful of scenes at the beginning, but the circumstances surrounding his death is the catalyst for this terrific modern whodunit.