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'The Sound of Music' star Christopher Plummer dies at 91
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'The Sound of Music' star Christopher Plummer dies at 91

He once said of the musical, 'That damn movie follows me around like an albatross'

Actor Christopher Plummer, who rose to fame for his role as Austrian naval officer Georg von Trapp in the musical, "The Sound of Music," has died at the age of 91.

What are the details?

The Canadian-born actor won myriad awards including two Tonys, two Emmys and an Oscar over a career that spanned seven decades. He passed away Friday at his Connecticut home due to complications from a fall, The Washington Post reported.

CBS News reported:

A veteran of the stage, Plummer became a household name in the 1965 megahit musical "The Sound of Music." Despite the film's runaway success and place in American film history, Plummer famously was never really a fan of it. In 2015, he told CBS News: "I'm so sick of hearing my own voice talking about it."

"I just didn't particularly think my role was the most exciting thing I've ever had in my life," he said.

According to The New York Times, before Plummer came to appreciate "The Sound of Music" along with the classic musical's fans, he told People magazine in 1982, "That sentimental stuff is the most difficult for me to play, especially because I'm trained vocally and physically for Shakespeare."

He added, "To do a lousy part like von Trapp, you have to use every trick you know to fill the empty carcass of the role. That damn movie follows me around like an albatross."

Nonetheless, the musical is considered one of the most famous ever made, and it propelled Plummer to stardom.

Deadline Hollywood noted that "the movie's soundtrack, which features such classic songs as "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss" and the title track, spent two weeks at No. 1 in the U.S. and an astounding 109 weeks — more than two years — in the top 10."

Plummer went on to star in an array of other famous films, including 1975's "The Man Who Would be King," 1999's "The Insider," 2001's "A Beautiful Mind," as well as 2018's "Knives Out" at the age of 88.

What else?

In a statement released following his passing, Plummer's "The Sound of Music" co-star, Julie Andrews, said of him, "I treasure the memories of our work together and fun we shared through the years. My heat and condolences go out to his lovely wife Elaine, and his daughter Amanda."

Plummer's manager of 46 years, Lou Pitt, also issued a statement, saying:

"Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self-deprecating humor and the music of words. He was a national treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come. He will forever be with us."

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