Christopher Plummer, the Canadian-born Shakespearean actor, died peacefully at his home in Connecticut Friday morning. The Oscar winner was best known for his roles in “The Sound of Music,” “Beginners” and Rian Johnson’s recent film “Knives Out.” He was 91.
Following the news of Plummer’s death, the actor’s co-stars and other prominent entertainment figures shared tributes and reflected on his long career in Hollywood.
In a statement to Variety, filmmaker Ridley Scott and his wife, Giannina, paid tribute to the actor. They worked together on “All the Money in the World” in 2017.
“What a guy. What a talent. What a life. And I was fortunate enough to work with him less than 2 years ago and had a wonderful experience. My heartfelt condolences go to [Plummer’s wife] Elaine. He will be really missed.”
Helen Mirren also gave a statement to Variety about the death of Plummer, reminiscing on their time working together on the set of Michael Hoffman’s “The Last Station.”
“I had the great honour to work with Chris Plummer in his Oscar-nominated role of Tolstoy,” Mirren said. “He was a mighty force both as Man and Actor. He was an actor in the 19th century meaning of the word — his commitment to his profession. His art was total, theater being a constant and the most important part of the totality of his drive to engage with storytelling. He was fearless, energetic, courageous, knowledgeable, professional and a monument to what an actor can be. A Great Actor in the truest sense.”
Other celebrities flooded social media with tributes regarding Plummer’s death. See their reactions below:
This is truly heartbreaking. 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 set ups. He was a lovely man and a legendary talent. 💙💙💙 https://t.co/eFwNVe762w
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) February 5, 2021
So sad to hear that Christopher Plummer has passed. What a legend.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) February 5, 2021
When you saw Christopher Plummer on the screen, you knew you’d be seeing something extraordinary and riveting. I also had the sheer pleasure of seeing him on Broadway in his masterful Tony Award winning one-man performance as John Barrymore. It was a thrilling evening of theater. pic.twitter.com/ty41iq4b1M
— George Hahn (@georgehahn) February 5, 2021
— Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) February 5, 2021
Christopher Plummer… one of the greats. <3 pic.twitter.com/Nv0ANVQeWf
— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) February 5, 2021
Truly one of the Greats. A giant in his own time. Inspirational on so many levels but even more so because of his commitment to artistry and the craft even into his twilight years. Much Love and condolences to Amanda and his family. #RIPChristopherPlummer pic.twitter.com/47sZ2p3kXW
— Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) February 5, 2021
An absolute hero of mine. Christopher Plummer.
Canadian legend of film and theatre. He will be greatly missed. https://t.co/qjptxinOVl
— (@EliasToufexis) February 5, 2021
Rest in peace Christopher Plummer 🥲
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 5, 2021