Christopher Plummer remembered fondly by ‘Sound of Music,’ ‘Knives Out’ stars

Christopher Plummer in front of a yellow wall
“Sound of Music” actor Christopher Plummer is remembered as “one of the greats.”
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Academy Award-winning actor Christopher Plummer’s career spanned nearly 70 years. As news of his death spread Friday, many people shared remembrances and memories of numerous famous roles from his prolific career.

His “Sound of Music” costar, Julie Andrews, sent her condolences in a statement.

“The world has lost a consummate actor today and I have lost a cherished friend,” the actress said. “I treasure the memories of our work together and all the humor and fun we shared through the years. My heart and condolences go out to his lovely wife Elaine, and his daughter Amanda.”

Others chimed in via social media.

“We watched the #SoundOfMusic so much when I was a boy that he and the Von Trapps felt like family,” actor Daniel Dae Kim tweeted with an image of Plummer tearing apart a Nazi flag from a scene in the movie. “Rest In Peace, legend.”

Christopher Plummer, who portrayed Capt. Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” and won an Oscar for “Beginners,” died early Friday with his wife at his side.

Feb. 5, 2021


Images of Plummer as Capt. Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” were among those most widely shared.Others remarked on his work in films such as “Beginners,” “All the Money in the World” and even “Star Trek IV,” where he played a Klingon general. Still, others remembered his acclaimed work on stage.

Actor Chris Evans, who starred opposite Plummer in one of the screen legend’s final projects, 2019’s “Knives Out,” was among the first to pay tribute on Twitter. In the Oscar-nominated film, Plummer played mystery author Harlan Thrombey, while Evans portrayed his grandson, Ransom.

“This is truly heartbreaking,” Evans wrote. “What an unbelievable loss. Few careers have such longevity and impact. One of my favorite memories from Knives Out was playing piano together in the Thrombey house between setups. He was a lovely man and a legendary talent.”

The breakout star of “Knives Out,” Ana de Armas, also penned a touching tribute on Instagram. De Armas spent the most time on screen with Plummer as Harlan Thrombey’s nurse, Marta Cabrera.

“My heart is broken, my dear Chris. I feel your loss deep inside,” De Armas shared along with a sweet photo of her and Plummer having a laugh on set. “How lucky was I having you next to me in what’s been one the best experiences of my career.

“Thank you always for your laughter, your warmth, your talent, your stories about Marilyn, the vitamins when I got sick, your patience, your partnership and your company. I will always think of you with love and admiration. Rest In Peace.”

Jamie Lee Curtis, who played Harlan Thrombey’s eldest daughter, Linda Thrombey-Drysdale, posted a portrait on Facebook that she’d taken of Plummer on the first day of “Knives Out” filming. “I had very little work with him,” she said, “but we made a lovely connection. His work in that movie is full of life, love and longing. A beautiful portrayal. Honored to have been able to work with him.”

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt captured the overwhelming sentiment succinctly, tweeting that Plummer was “one of the greats.”

Other tributes came from social media accounts for professional organizations, studios, film festivals, media franchises and awards shows.

“Christopher Plummer beguiled audiences across generations in memorable roles from Captain von Trapp in ‘The Sound of Music’ to Harlan Thrombey in ‘Knives Out,’” tweeted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “He worked steadily for 60+ years, winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2012 for ‘Beginners.’ He will be missed.”


Read more tributes to Plummer below, including some from the original child stars of “The Sound of Music.”