Our 5 All-Time Favourite Christopher Plummer movies

An Unreserved Salute to the “Captain” of a 66 year film career.
Monday 8 February 2021
Christopher Plummer gained numerous prestigious awards due to his successful career throughout the years. Photo: The Academy

Legendary ‘Sound of Music’ actor Christopher Plummer passed away at the age of 91 this week. Hailed as one of the most distinguished stars of stage and screen of his generation, his absence has left a hole in the heart of the cinematic world.

The Canadian star was born in Toronto in 1929. Travelling across to the US, he made his first stateside acting debut in 1953 on Broadway.  Five years later, he landed a leading role as the maudlin, perpetually existential Danish king in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet production which was filmed at Elsinore Castle in Denmark. It was a role that earned him his first Emmy nomination. Plummer’s impeccably elegant rendition of  Captain von Trapp in The Sound Of Music gained him recognition worldwide. The movie remains his best-known and best-film throughout his career. In 1975, he played Sir Charles Litton, an urban aristocrat suspected of being a jewel thief in The Return of the Pink Panther.

Plummer’s successful career saw him earning numerous prestigious awards including two Emmys and two Tonys. He also won an Academy Award for best-supporting actor for his performance in Beginners. At the age of 82, he became the oldest actor ever to win an Oscar.

Here we’ve listed some of our favourite Christopher Plummer movies as a salute to the Legend.

The Sound Of Music

Due to Plummer’s impeccable performance as Captain von Trapp, altogether he won five Academy Awards and gained a classical status. A movie that is well worth remembering for a lifetime.


Marked one of his best, Plummer received recognition for best voice work for the Academy Award. Playing the voice of Charles Muntz, he received endless credits for being the voice as one of the best Pixar villains of all-time.


Plummer made history for being the oldest acting winner in Academy history for his role as Hal in the Beginners, a wonderful father who gets back on track after the death of his wife.

All The Money In The World

Even though the film was plagued by allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against Kevin Spacey, the original star, Plummer stepped up and replaced Spacey without missing a beat, playing the Getty patriarch with elan.

A Beautiful Mind

A movie that won Oscar for best picture, Plummer projected the power of his inquiry, adding more anticipation and thrill to some moments throughout his scenes.

Rest in peace, Christopher Plummer, the world will miss your powerful acting and the characters you created with aplomb.