Celebrities react to the death of Hollywood legend Christopher Plummer

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Oscar-winning actor Christopher Plummer died on Feb. 5 at the age of 91. The star of stage and screen had a career lasting more than 70 years in roles ranging from the evil Iago in Shakespeare’s “Othello” to his role as Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.”

“Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashioned manners, self-deprecating humor and the music of words,” his manager and longtime friend Lou Pitts told CBS in a statement. “He was a National Treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come. He will forever be with us.”

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News of his death spread quickly and celebrities — those who worked with him and those inspired by him — shared their tributes and memories on social media.

Chris Evans, who starred with Plummer in the 2019 Netflix movie “Knives Out,” spoke of the actor’s longevity and his sense of personal loss upon hearing the news of Plummer’s death.

“This is truly heartbreaking. What an unbelievable loss,” Evans tweeted, saying he loved playing piano with Plummer while filming “Knives Out.”

Kathy Bates, who worked with Plummer in “Dolores Claiborne,” tweeted that Plummer was “one of the greats.”

Journalist Dan Rather paid tribute to Plummer by quoting one of the memorable tunes Plummer sang as Captain von Trapp, “Edelweiss”:

Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada — where Plummer was born — offered his condolences on Twitter as well, writing that Plummer “always performed with gravitas and heart.”

And, of course, the lovely Julie Andrews, who co-starred with Plummer as Maria Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music,” shared heartfelt words at the passing of her beloved friend and colleague.

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“The world has lost a consummate actor today, and I have lost a cherished friend,” Andrews, 85, said in a statement to People. “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.”

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