Actress Julie Andrews, who played opposite Christopher Plummer in “The Sound of Music,” is mourning her co-star’s death.
“The world has lost a consummate actor today and I have lost a cherished friend,” said Andrews in a statement about Plummer. “I treasure the memories of our work together and all the humor and fun we shared through the years.”
Plummer died on Friday at age 91 at his home in Weston, Conn., his manager Lou Pitt confirmed.
Andrews played Maria against Plummer’s Captain von Trapp in the 1965 movie version of the Broadway show.
“My heart and condolences go out to his lovely wife Elaine (Taylor), and his daughter Amanda,” Andrews said.
Christopher Plummer, Andrews Help Set Box-Office Record
“The Sound of Music” put the Broadway show’s movie version on the backs of Andrews and Plummer. It didn’t disappoint, becoming an all-time box office movie success.
The movie was the highest-grossing film for 1965. After being out for four-plus years with two re-releases, box office receipts worldwide totaled $286 million.
Plummer, though, really didn’t like talking about the movie, referring to it sometimes as “The Sound of Mucus.”
“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,” Pitt said.
“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.”
Before “The Sound of Music,” Andrews starred in Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins” alongside Dick Van Dyke in 1964.
Plummer Found Acting Life On Stage Worthwhile
Plummer was not only known for his movie roles, but he relished the chances to perform live on stage. He won two Tony Awards, first in 1974 for Best Actor in a Musical for “Cyrano” and again in 1997 for Best Actor in a Play for “Barrymore.”
Plummer won an Academy Award in 2011 for “Beginners.”
He captured two “Primetime Emmy Awards” as well. Plummer got one for “Arthur Hailey’s the Moneychangers” in 1977 and another for a voice-over performance in 1994’s “Madeline.”
His stage work included starring roles in Shakespeare’s “King Lear” and “Othello.” Being on stage was where Plummer felt more comfortable.
While he’ll remain best known for his role in “The Sound of Music,” Plummer’s influence upon actors on Broadway and beyond will last forever.