Where are the cast of The Sound Of Music now?

31 March 2021, 17:24

The Sound of Music is 56-years-old, but just where are it's famous Von Trapp family actors now?
The Sound of Music is 56-years-old, but just where are its famous Von Trapp family actors now? Picture: Getty

By Giorgina Hamilton

With some of the most memorable musical numbers of all time The Sound of Music is a classic movie that just keeps on giving, but where are its actors now?

It's been a whopping 56 years since Maria and the von Trapp family burst onto cinema screens in The Sound of Music.

The 1965 smash hit movie grossed over $286,214,076 worldwide and adjusting for inflation, has earned around $2.366 billion in total – placing it among the top ten highest-grossing films ever made.

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With cult classic songs such as 'So Long, Farewell', 'Sixteen Going On Seventeen' and 'My Favourite Things' to name just a few, The Sound of Music was the soundtrack to many of our childhoods.

But just where are the cast now and what happened after the von Trapp's went trekking through the Alps to freedom? Let's find out...

Where are the cast of The Sound of Music now?

  1. Julie Andrews (Maria von Trapp)

    Most recently Julie Andrews voiced Lady Whistledown in the late-2020 smash hit Netflix series, Bridgerton.
    Most recently Julie Andrews voiced Lady Whistledown in the late-2020 smash hit Netflix series, Bridgerton. Picture: Getty

    After winning a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Maria in The Sound of Music, Julie Andrews went on to have starring roles in movies including Thoroughly Modern Millie, Victor Victoria and the Princess Diaries.

    Andrews has won an Oscar, a BAFTA, four more Golden Globes, three Grammys, two Emmys and a Screen Actors Guild lifetime achievement award since The Sound of Music and has three daughters Emma, Amy and Joanna from two marriages.

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    Most recently Julie Andrews voiced Lady Whistledown in the late-2020 smash hit Netflix series, Bridgerton.

  2. Christopher Plummer (Captain Von Trapp)

    Christopher Plummer had a wildly successful career after portraying disciplinarian Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.
    Christopher Plummer had a wildly successful career after portraying disciplinarian Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Picture: Getty

    Christopher Plummer had a wildly successful career after portraying disciplinarian Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.

    He went on to star in movies including The Man Who Would Be King, The Return of the Pink Panther, Malcolm X, 12 Monkeys and Syriana and in 2018 when he was 88-years-old, set the world record for the oldest Oscar nominee for his work in All the Money in the World.

    Plummer was married three times, lived in Connecticut with third wife Elaine Taylor whom he married in 1970, and had a daughter Amanda with ex-wife Tammy Grimes.

    Christopher Plummer died aged 91 on February 5, 2021.

  3. Charmian Carr (Liesl von Trapp)

    Charmian quit acting after the movie's release and had two daughters
    Charmian quit acting after the movie's release and had two daughters. Picture: Getty

    Actress Charmian Carr wasn't actually "16 going on 17" when she played the eldest von Trapp child in The Sound of Music, but was in fact a young woman of 23-years-old.

    Charmian quit acting after the movie's release and had two daughters, she then went on to open an interior design business in California and later wrote two books, Forever Liesl and Letters to Liesl.

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    Charmian died at 73-years-old in Los Angeles on September 17, 2016 from complications related to dementia.

  4. Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich von Trapp)

    Hammond has starred in TV series The Amazing Spider-Man, played Bill Johnson in  Dallas in 1982 and most recently starred in a mini-series on Gallipoli in 2015.
    Hammond has starred in TV series The Amazing Spider-Man, played Bill Johnson in Dallas in 1982 and most recently starred in a mini-series on Gallipoli in 2015. Picture: Getty

    Nicholas Hammond, the actor who played the second eldest von Trapp child, Friedrich, is now 70-years-old and stayed in the acting business after the runaway success of The Sound of Music.

    Hammond starred in TV series The Amazing Spider-Man, played Bill Johnson in Dallas in 1982 and most recently starred in a mini-series on Gallipoli in 2015.

    Nicholas Hammond moved to Sydney in the 1980's where he still lives today with actress Australian actress Robyn Nevin.

  5. Heather Menzies (Louisa von Trapp)

    Heather Menzies continued acting after The Sound of Music, most notably playing Jessica in classic sci-fi series Logan’s Run and famously modelled for Playboy.
    Heather Menzies continued acting after The Sound of Music, most notably playing Jessica in classic sci-fi series Logan’s Run and famously modelled for Playboy. Picture: Getty

    After starring as Louisa von Trapp when she was 13-years-old, actress Heather Menzies continued acting, most notably playing Jessica in classic sci-fi series Logan’s Run and famously modelled for Playboy.

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    Heather's first marriage was to John Cluett and the actress met her second husband, actor Robert Urich, on the set of a corned beef commercial and the pair married in 1975, before Heather stepped away from show business to raise her three children.

    Heather sadly died of brain cancer aged 68 on Christmas Eve in 2017.

  6. Duane Chase (Kurt von Trapp)

    After he graduated High School, Duane fought fires in the United States Forest Service before returning to university to study a Master's degree in geology.
    After he graduated High School, Duane fought fires in the United States Forest Service before returning to university to study a Master's degree in geology. Picture: Getty

    Duane Chase was just 11-years-old when he played Kurt von Trapp in The Sound of Music and after filming wrapped he shunned the limelight and returned to school.

    After he graduated High School, Duane fought fires in the United States Forest Service before returning to university to study a Master's degree in geology.

    Since then 70-year-old Washington-based Duane, who with wife Petra Maria, has worked as a computer software engineer for oil mining companies and is now returning to forestry and wildlife work.

  7. Angela Cartwright (Brigitta Von Trapp)

    The Sound of Music's Angela Cartwright is now a full-time artist, showcasing her work in Studio City, Los Angeles
    The Sound of Music's Angela Cartwright is now a full-time artist, showcasing her work in Studio City, Los Angeles. Picture: Getty

    Angela Cartwright is the only British von Trapp, having been born in Cheshire before moving to the states to start acting.

    After appearing in The Sound of Music aged 12, the Brigitta Von Trapp actress starred in TV show Lost in Space from 1965–1968 and the movie Scout's Honor in 1980.

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    Angela is now a full-time artist, showcasing her work in Studio City, Los Angeles, and has two children with actor and producer Steve Gullion to whom she has been married for 44 years.

  8. Debbie Turner (Marta von Trapp)

    The Sound of Music's Debbie Turner has four daughters and runs her own event design company, 'Debbie Turner Originals' based in Minnesota.
    The Sound of Music's Debbie Turner has four daughters and runs her own event design company, 'Debbie Turner Originals' based in Minnesota. Picture: Getty

    Debbie Turner was just six-years-old when she played Marta von Trapp in The Sound of Music and stopped acting as soon as the movie wrapped.

    Debbie went back to school and after graduating college met her husband Rick Larson at a ski resort she was working at, before marrying him in 1980.

    Debbie has four daughters and runs her own event design company, 'Debbie Turner Originals' based in Minnesota.

    At the start of the pandemic Debbie found the same fabric used in the The Sound of Music and used it to start making face masks that she now sells from her website.

  9. Kym Karath (Gretl von Trapp)

    As a child actor, Kym also starred in The Thrill of It All with Doris Day and in 1964 was in Good Neighbor Sam with Jack Lemmon.
    As a child actor, Kym also starred in The Thrill of It All with Doris Day and in 1964 was in Good Neighbor Sam with Jack Lemmon. Picture: 20th Century Fox/Getty

    Kym Karath was an experienced actor by the time she was six-years-old and starred in The Sound of Music; the youngster had previously been in Spencer's Mountain with Henry Fonda when she was just three.

    As a child actor, Kym also starred in The Thrill of It All with Doris Day and in 1964 was in Good Neighbor Sam with Jack Lemmon.

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    She later studied humanities at the University of Southern California and moved to Paris for further studies and to model, where at age of 26 she married Philippe L'Equilbec and had a son in 1991.

    Karen lived in Greenwich, Connecticut for a while before returning to acting in 2005.