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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2021 11:39 a.m. PST

Now this is a loss.

We all know "You could drive a battery of nine pounders through that" or even "Help yourselves boys, there's no fighter escort". We will forgive the Sound of Music or his triple X. But he was, I think the oldest Oscar winner? Plus again the oldest Oscar nominee very recently.

But how many of us think of his portrayal every time the DoW is mentioned? Granted he did not resemble him remotely, but I like to think he caught the personality that I imagine. I don't care of DoW never said "Now Maitland, Now's yer time". Indeed I suspect poor old Maitland would have been well out of earshot, or felt it was the C in C's job to decide such.

But I loved to think that Christopher Plummer was still acting and producing outstanding work.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2021 12:01 p.m. PST

So many of the older actors have passed in the last couple weeks, sad.

42flanker Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2021 12:06 p.m. PST

I agree, although I doubt the Duke twinkled quite so much as
Christopher Plummer did.

His Hamlet at Elsinore was the first time I saw him work and the first Shakespeare I'd seen, to boot (with Michael Caine playing second fiddle as Horatio + Robert Shaw, Donald Sutherland, and a few other fsmiliar faces). Recorded on location,only four of five years before he filmed Waterloo, it stands up pretty well to the memory.

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Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2021 12:32 p.m. PST

'We' appreciate the Waterloo characters because we can identify the traits they displayed, showing great skills producing and in acting.
regards d

0ldYeller05 Feb 2021 12:42 p.m. PST

Loved him in Murder By Decree (1979) about the Jack the Ripper Murders – James Mason, Sutherland, Anthony Quayle etc. A truly frightening movie with a fantastic cast. I will not spoil the ending if you have not seen it.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2021 12:49 p.m. PST

A real loss – and I have to agree, I have yet to think of anyone who could do Wellington better

14Bore05 Feb 2021 12:57 p.m. PST

I always thought he made a great Wellington,

Huscarle05 Feb 2021 1:11 p.m. PST

A fine Wellington, but a sublime Kipling in 'The Man Who Would Be King'. A great resume and too many roles to mention; an excellent actor indeed.
Rest in Peace sir.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2021 1:44 p.m. PST

I think he once said that he thought Wellington was a supercilious snob, and played him that way.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2021 1:53 p.m. PST

Even though he was a great Stratford actor, in fact a great all round actor, I will always remember him for his outstanding portrayal of the Great Duke at Waterloo. Indeed a sad passing.

Redcurrant05 Feb 2021 2:03 p.m. PST

He did what is probably the best portrayal of the DoW on screen.

RIP sir

torokchar Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2021 2:18 p.m. PST

RIP Lord Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington! One of my favorite movies of all time


Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2021 2:22 p.m. PST

His portrayal of Wellington was excellent especially when contrasted with Steiger's portrayal of Napoleon.

Kevin Burke05 Feb 2021 2:56 p.m. PST

Raise him to Corporal! that man knows how to defend an impossible position!

Personal logo Cardinal Ximenez Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2021 3:12 p.m. PST

A tough loss. I never realized that he was Canadian.

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2021 3:22 p.m. PST

I agree that Christopher Plummer was a great actor and I enjoyed so many of his portrayals. Funnily enough, I thought Steiger was better as Napoleon than Plummer was as Wellington. As has been said, he was too 'twinkly' displaying a sense of humour which the real Wellington is not known to have had. Most of those who were around him thought him quite cold. I suspect the soldier with the pig would actually have been hung on the spot rather than be promoted. Nevertheless he was a great actor.

Hitman05 Feb 2021 3:27 p.m. PST

My wife and I were lucky enough to see him live as Caesar at The Stratford Festival a few years ago. He was absolutely brilliant. A tragic loss for us Canadians as well as the world. A very classy gentleman!! R.I.P. Mr. Plummer.

epturner Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2021 4:45 p.m. PST

What a loss to the craft.

My wife and daughter, who are both actors, have little truck with most of his era. But not him.

The Sound Of Music, which is played down South at certain times, is always watched in our house.

What Hitman said. Such a loss.


Marulaz105 Feb 2021 8:26 p.m. PST

I will forever picture him in my mind whenever Wellington's name comes up. And I thought he made a pretty good Sherlock Holmes too.


arthur181506 Feb 2021 3:43 a.m. PST

I was surprised that the television report on his death referred only to The Sound of Music, and made no mention of his other Film roles, such as Kipling and Wellington.

A fine actor who deserves to be remembered for more than one musical.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2021 4:45 a.m. PST

Agree wholeheartedly. He even played a Klingon convincingly, quoting Shakespeare as he fought in space.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2021 6:43 a.m. PST

There was certainly some twinkle in the Duke who, when once called Irish, responded that being born in a stable didn't make you a horse. Plummer was a first-rate choice.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2021 7:16 a.m. PST

+1-well said.

John Tyson Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2021 2:40 p.m. PST

To this fine actor's memory, when I heard of his passing, I watched "Waterloo" on YouTube.

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Nine pound round06 Feb 2021 6:27 p.m. PST

Plummer played him well, and captured his dry, ironic wit perfectly.

The idea that Wellington was humorless is unfair. This is the man who, when walking past a formation of the Guards with Queen Victoria, gave the perfect response to her innocent question about the source of the unfamiliar smell: "Esprit de corps, ma'am."

Not bad for an off-the-cuff response.

42flanker Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2021 11:30 p.m. PST

Robert, to be fair though, while there are many examples for us to enjoy of Wellington's wit in conversation and on paper the 'stable and horse' quip was actually made by the Irish politician, Daniel O'Connell in 1843:
"The poor old duke what shall I say of him? To be sure he was born in Ireland, but being born in a stable does not make a man a horse."

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