Julie Andrews and 'The Sound of Music' Cast Mourn the Loss of Christopher Plummer

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Photo credit: Alamy
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From The Pioneer Woman

Julie Andrews is mourning the loss of her former costar Christopher Plummer, who passed away peacefully today at the age of 91. Andrews, who starred alongside Plummer in the 1965 classic The Sound of Music, called him a "cherished friend" in a statement issued to People this afternoon.

"The world has lost a consummate actor today and I have lost a cherished friend," she said. "I treasure the memories of our work together and all the humor and fun we shared through the years. My heart and condolences go out to his lovely wife Elaine, and his daughter Amanda."

While Plummer's career was long and varied, with impressive performances on both stage and screen, he is perhaps best remembered for the role of Captain Von Trapp, a Nazi-hating, guitar-playing, brash but ultimately kind-hearted father of seven, who falls in love with Andrews's Maria.

Photo credit: Alamy
Photo credit: Alamy

Angela Cartwright and Nicholas Hammond, who played Brigitta and Friedrich respectively in The Sound of Music, have also eulogized their on-screen father today.

"Christopher Plummer showed this 14-year-old aspiring actor what acting really was," Hammond said to Fox News.

"I idolized him as my film father, he was my role model for the years that followed. It is a huge blow to those of us in the Sound of Music family, we, along with the whole world, will miss him very much."

Cartwright also shared her grief with the network.

"The Sound of Music cast has always felt like family, so losing Christopher is difficult. He was so very talented and brought such originality and edge to the roles he played. He had a long 91 years... but his legacy will live on forever," she said.

"So long, farewell Captain."