The Sound of Music Cast of Von Trapp Kids — Where Are They Now?

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THEN: Charmain Carr

A college student attending San Fernando Valley State College, Carr had no idea her life would change with one audition — all because a friend sent her picture to producer Robert Wise. The unknown actress beat out big names like Mia Farrow, Sharon Tate, and Geraldine Chaplin for the role of the eldest von Trapp sister, kind and caring 16-year-old Liesl.

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NOW: Charmain Carr

Since The Sound of Music, Carr left the show business for the most part, but later on, appeared in Mad Men and cropped up at reunions with her fellow von Trapp family alums. Sadly, she passed away in September 2016 at the age of 73 of complications from a rare form of dementia.


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THEN: Nicholas Hammond

Though he was just 15 when he played the eldest son, Friedrich Von Trapp, Hammond was one of the most experienced actors on set, having already appeared in Lord of the Flies and on Broadway.

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NOW: Nicholas Hammond

After playing Friedrich, Hammond went on to portray superhero Peter Parker — a.k.a. Spider-Man — in The Amazing Spider-Man during the late ’70s. He maintains strong friendships with all of his fellow von Trapp siblings, calling them his “best friends in the world.” How sweet is that?


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THEN: Heather Menzies

Louisa, one of the middle von Trapp sisters, was played by 16-year-old Heather Menzies, a relatively unknown-till-then Canadian-American actress.

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NOW: Heather Menzies

Post-Sound of Music, Menzies continued acting and enjoyed some success in the industry, turning up in several films throughout the ’60s and ’70s including How Sweet It Is!, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, and Piranha. She also popped up on TV in the ’80s, appearing on cop drama T.J. Hooker.


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THEN: Duane Chase

The youngest son, Kurt, was portrayed by 15-year-old Duane Chase, who went on to join the United States Forest Service shortly after the film was released.

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NOW: Duane Chase

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