Stream These Nice Christopher Plummer Motion pictures

Canadian actor Christopher Plummer, who died on February 5 at the age of 91, first appeared on the Broadway stage and in Hollywood films in the 1950s when he was still 20. He left an abundance of unforgettable work in film, theater and television, including Oscar, Emmy and Tony award winning performances.

Originally presented to the public as a worthy lead actor in the classic English form of Laurence Olivier and James Mason, Plummer played a range of roles – from adventure heroes to vicious horrors – and found some of his greatest hits in supporting parts. Especially in his later years, Plummer specialized in adding a sense of depth and weight to characters who sometimes only appeared on screen for a handful of scenes. It only took him a few minutes to make a lasting impression.

Here are 5 of Plummer’s best roles, all available to stream:

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Plummer focused primarily on theater in the US and UK, while only occasionally engaging in television and cinema. Then he played a constipated Austrian naval officer and widowed father in the film version of the musical “The Sound of Music” and became a real movie star. In the decades that followed, Plummer dismissed the film, one of its biggest box office hits, at times as smart and simple. But the picture is popular for many reasons, including the rich romantic chemistry between the main cast: Julie Andrews as the headstrong governess and Plummer as the heartbreaking grumble who melts when he hears her teach his kids to sing.

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Plummer was the oldest actor to ever win an Oscar when he took home his first Oscar at the age of 82 for the semi-autobiographical drama Beginners by screenwriter Mike Mills. He plays Hal, a Septuian who comes out late as gay and then strengthens his bond with his mixed-up middle-aged son Oliver (Ewan McGregor), who learns a lot from his father’s radical honesty. This is a movie that is about how people subtly affect each other’s lives.

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One of Plummer’s most useful tools as a performer was his voice: deep and resonant, with just enough rasp to add a little edge. He was in demand as a spokesperson for documentaries and commercials; and he brought enthusiasm to several classic animated films, including “Up” and “My Dog Tulip”. His first cartoon twist was an enchantingly wacky one in which he played a French dove who encourages the hero to follow his dreams by singing the can-do song “Never Say Never”. It’s a refreshingly light performance by Plummer that lights up his showman’s mind.

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Plummer plays reporter Mike Wallace, known and feared for his dogged interview style, in this docudrama about how tobacco industry lawyers put pressure on producers of CBS news magazine “60 Minutes”. The actor is not trying to make a Wallace impression. Instead, he embodies the contradictions of a famous journalist who believes in the pursuit of the truth but also fears losing corporate sponsorship. Plummer captures Wallace’s natural charisma along with his deep insecurities.

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In one of Plummer’s last performances, he plays a popular crime novelist whose accidental death causes problems for his greedy, scheming family. Plummer’s character Harlan Thrombey only appears in flashbacks, but his friendship with his nurse Marta (Ana de Armas) – and his keen understanding of the mistakes of his heirs – help make the clever assassination attempt of screenwriter and director Rian Johnson with real warmth and Honesty fill sharp vision. Harlan comes across as so wise and kind that the audience believes everything he says.

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