Plummer was best known for playing Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music — a movie he didn’t much like. “It is not my favorite film, of course, because I do think it borders on mawkishness, but we did our damn best not to make it too mawkish,” he told Fresh Air in 2007.
Plummer’s film career grew as he got older. He says playing Mike Wallace in The Insider was a turning point. Eventually he was frequently cast in plummy character roles, including J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World, and a father who comes out as gay at the age of 75 in Beginners.
“I adored the part and I thought it was so well written and so unsentimental and brave and witty and free” Plummer said of playing Hal in Beginners. “It was tackled with such humanity and sweetness and fun.”
Plummer said the characters he played later on in his career were the ones that that interested him: “They’re witty,” he said. “They’ve got a wonderful edge to them.”
The Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award-winner died Friday at his home in Connecticut. He was 91.