Christopher Plummer, dashing grandee of stage and film, dies at 91

Christopher Plummer in 1967.

Christopher Plummer, the acclaimed stage and film star, brought both charm and an air of menace to a vast range of roles from King Lear to a Klingon villain. At age 82, he added an Oscar win to a shelf of trophies that already included two Tony Awards. But Mr. Plummer will always be remembered for the one part that he professed to hate but that made him a household name: the von Trapp patriarch in “The Sound of Music.”Support our journalism. Subscribe today.

Mr. Plummer, who was 91, died Feb. 5 at his home in Weston, Conn. The cause was an accidental fall, said his wife, Elaine Taylor Plummer.

Since coming of age in his native Canada, Mr. Plummer saw his career propelled by his dashing matinee idol looks and his forceful characterizations of Shakespearean and other classical roles.


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