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Christopher Plummer is a famous Canadian actor

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BirthdayDecember 13, 1929
NationalityCanadian
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors
City/StateToronto
SpousesElaine Taylor (m. 1970), Patricia Lewis (m. 1962 – div. 1967), Tammy Grimes (m. 1956 – div. 1960)
Known asArthur Christopher Orme Plummer
Childrens Amanda Plummer
Universities
  • McGill University
  • McGill University
Notable Alumnis
  • McGill University
  • McGill University
Birth PlaceToronto, Ontario
Height179cm
GenderMale
FatherJohn Orme Plummer
MotherIsabella Mary Abbott
Sun SignSagittarius
Born inToronto, Ontario
Famous asActor
Socials

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Who is Christopher Plummer?

Christopher Plummer is a Canadian actor who acquired global recognition following his portrayal of Baron von Trapp in the superhit musical film ‘The Sound of Music’. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Canadian actors, Plummer acquired a reputation for bringing several historical characters to life on celluloid, including authors Leo Tolstoy and Rudyard Kipling. He started his career on Broadway and worked in several musicals. Besides his powerful screen presence, it was Plummer’s deep and sonorous baritone that helped him bag critically acclaimed and award- winning roles. He is frequently associated with reputed theatre productions, including The Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre. In the later stage of his career, Plummer found more success as his films became mainstream hits and received rave reviews. With an illustrious career spanning over five decades, Plummer has won numerous awards, including an Oscar, several Tony awards, and a BAFTA award. He was also honored with as the Companion of the Order of Canada and later inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

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Childhood & Early Life

Christopher Plummer was born on December 13, 1929 to Isabella Mary and John Orme Plummer in Toronto, Ontario. His mother was related to the Canadian prime minister Sir John Abbott. He grew up with the Abbotts as his parents divorced when he was very young.

Plummer wished to become a pianist and started studying it formally; However, he soon discovered the world of theatre and decided to plunge into acting. He attended the High School of Montreal and later McGill University, where he dedicated time to acting.

His early inspirations included Laurence Olivier’s ‘Henry V’. He later essayed the role of Mr. Darcy in his school production of ‘Pride and Prejudice’. A local theatre critic, Herbert Whittaker, took note of him and cast him in his production of ‘La Machine Infernale’, in 1946.

Career

Christopher Plummer’s formal debut on the stage occurred in 1953 when he was cast in ‘The Starcrooss Story’ at Broadway; however, the show didn’t perform too well. His next performance in ‘Home is the Hero’ was more successful and stretched to 30 performances.

He made his TV debut with the series ‘Othello’ in 1953 and appeared in several TV series, including ‘Studio One’, The Alcoa Hour’, ‘Kraft Television Theatre’, and ‘Appointment with Adventure’.

His starred in the play ‘The Dark is Light Enough’ along with Katherine Cornell and Tyrone Power. This show was a considerable success and ran from February to April in 1955. They would also go on a tour.

In 1955, he starred in the Broadway drama, ‘Night of the Auk’, opposite Julie Harris and the play, ‘J.B.’, by Elia Kazan. He earned his first Tony nomination for his role in ‘J.B.’.

In 1956, he debuted at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival as Henry in ‘Henry V’. The next year, he played the main role in ‘Hamlet’ and a supporting role in ‘Twelfth Night’.

His association with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival continued for many years and he seen in ‘The Winter’s Tale’, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, and ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

He made his movie debut in 1958 with the movie Sidney Lumet’s ‘Stage Struck’. He next acted in ‘Wind Across the Everglades’. His next movie appearance was in Anthony Mann’s ‘The Fall of the Roman Empire’.

He appeared alongside Julie Harris in ‘Little Moon of Alban’, a live TV drama in 1958. Following the success of this, he starred in as many as 100 TV roles including ‘The Moneychangers’, ‘American Tragedy’, ‘Our Fathers’, and ‘The Scarlet and the Black’. He also narrated the animated series ‘Madeline’.

Towards the end of the 1950s, Plummer gradually disappeared from Broadway shows. He moved to London in 1960s in search of more work. He was later seen in ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ and ‘The Royal Hunt of the Sun’.

His association with the Royal Shakespeare Company started in 1961 with his role as Benedick in ‘Much Ado about Nothing’. He later played the lead role in ‘Richard III’ and King Henry II in ‘Becket’.

His most popular role till day is in the Oscar-winning, record-breaking movie ‘The Sound of Music’ (1965). He played Captain von Trapp opposite Julie Andrews. Despite the worldwide recognition, Plummer later stated that he wasn’t inclined to play the role and disliked the movie.

In the 1960s, he starred in several other films including ‘Inside Daisy Clover’ (1965), ‘The Night of the Generals’ (1967), The High Commissioner (1968), and ‘The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969).

From 1971 to 1972, he was associated with National Theatre in London and performed in several plays. Some of them include Laurence Olivier’s ‘Amphitryon 38’, Jonathan Miller’s ‘Danton’s Death’, and ‘The Rules of the Game’.

He was next seen in the musical ‘Cyrano’ as the lead character in 1973; His performance fetched him a Tony Award for Best Actor and a Drama Desk award for his outstanding performance. He also played the titular character in Neil Simon’s adaptation of Chekov’s stories ‘The Good Doctor’.

In the 1980s, his Broadway appearances include ‘Othello’ and ‘Macbeth’. Later, he was seen in ‘No Man’s Land’ and ‘Barrymore’.

His role as Mike Wallace the journalist in the biographic film ‘The Insider’ (1999) was highly appreciated and he received several awards for this role.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, he was seen in various movies including the hits ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’ (1991), Syriana (2005), and ‘Must Love Dogs (2005).

He marked his return to the Stratford Festival in 2002 with ‘King Lear’, a successful production that was later staged at Lincoln Center in New York.

In 2008, he played Julius Caesar in ‘Caesar and Cleopatra’ directed by Des McAnuff. The play was broadcasted later in cinemas across Canada. His role in ‘The Tempest’ in 2010 witnessed a similar success.

In 2012, he appeared in the one man show ‘A Word or Two’ which was an autobiographical journey where he chronicled his interest in literature. A sequel to this ‘A Word of Two Again’ was presented at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2014.

In 2017, he starred in Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’, a role originally filmed with Kevin Spacey. Plummer’s role earned him a Golden Globe, Academy Award, and BAFTA nominations.

Apart from a prolific career as an actor, Plummer has actively worked behind the stage as well. He has written for stage and television, arranged music, and performed them as well. He remains an active part of the industry today.

Major Works

Plummer’s most notable role was in the movie ‘The Sound of Music' (1965). He would play the role of Captain von Trapp, while his co-star Julie Andrews played Maria von Trapp. The movie went on to break several records at the box office and has constantly been cited as a cornerstone in Hollywood cinema.

Personal Life & Legacy

Christopher Plummer was married to Tammy Grimes, an actress, from 1956 to 1960. They had a daughter named Amanda.

He was married to Patricia Lewis, a journalist, from 1962 to 1967.

He is currently married to Elaine Taylor, an actress, since 1970 and the couple lives in Weston, Connecticut.

He remains one of the most respected actors in Canada. In honor of his achievements, he received the Canadian Screen Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2016.

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Christopher Plummer awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

2012Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleBeginners (2010)

Golden Globe Awards

2012Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureBeginners (2010)

Primetime Emmy Awards

1994Outstanding Voice-Over PerformanceMadeline (1989)
1977Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited SeriesArthur Hailey's the Moneychangers (1976)

BAFTA Awards

2012Best Supporting ActorBeginners (2010)

Christopher Plummer biography timelines

  • // 13th Dec 1929
    Christopher Plummer was born on December 13, 1929 to Isabella Mary and John Orme Plummer in Toronto, Ontario. His mother was related to the Canadian prime minister Sir John Abbott. He grew up with the Abbotts as his parents divorced when he was very young.
  • // 1946
    His early inspirations included Laurence Olivier’s ‘Henry V’. He later essayed the role of Mr. Darcy in his school production of ‘Pride and Prejudice’. A local theatre critic, Herbert Whittaker, took note of him and cast him in his production of ‘La Machine Infernale’, in 1946.
  • // 1953
    Christopher Plummer’s formal debut on the stage occurred in 1953 when he was cast in ‘The Starcrooss Story’ at Broadway; however, the show didn’t perform too well. His next performance in ‘Home is the Hero’ was more successful and stretched to 30 performances.
  • // 1953
    He made his TV debut with the series ‘Othello’ in 1953 and appeared in several TV series, including ‘Studio One’, The Alcoa Hour’, ‘Kraft Television Theatre’, and ‘Appointment with Adventure’.
  • // 1955
    His starred in the play ‘The Dark is Light Enough’ along with Katherine Cornell and Tyrone Power. This show was a considerable success and ran from February to April in 1955. They would also go on a tour.
  • // 1955
    In 1955, he starred in the Broadway drama, ‘Night of the Auk’, opposite Julie Harris and the play, ‘J.B.’, by Elia Kazan. He earned his first Tony nomination for his role in ‘J.B.’.
  • // 1956
    In 1956, he debuted at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival as Henry in ‘Henry V’. The next year, he played the main role in ‘Hamlet’ and a supporting role in ‘Twelfth Night’.
  • // 1956 To 1960
    Christopher Plummer was married to Tammy Grimes, an actress, from 1956 to 1960. They had a daughter named Amanda.
  • // 1958
    He made his movie debut in 1958 with the movie Sidney Lumet’s ‘Stage Struck’. He next acted in ‘Wind Across the Everglades’. His next movie appearance was in Anthony Mann’s ‘The Fall of the Roman Empire’.
  • // 1958
    He appeared alongside Julie Harris in ‘Little Moon of Alban’, a live TV drama in 1958. Following the success of this, he starred in as many as 100 TV roles including ‘The Moneychangers’, ‘American Tragedy’, ‘Our Fathers’, and ‘The Scarlet and the Black’. He also narrated the animated series ‘Madeline’.
  • // 1961
    His association with the Royal Shakespeare Company started in 1961 with his role as Benedick in ‘Much Ado about Nothing’. He later played the lead role in ‘Richard III’ and King Henry II in ‘Becket’.
  • // 1962 To 1967
    He was married to Patricia Lewis, a journalist, from 1962 to 1967.
  • // 1965
    His most popular role till day is in the Oscar-winning, record-breaking movie ‘The Sound of Music’ (1965). He played Captain von Trapp opposite Julie Andrews. Despite the worldwide recognition, Plummer later stated that he wasn’t inclined to play the role and disliked the movie.
  • // 1965
    Plummer’s most notable role was in the movie ‘The Sound of Music' (1965). He would play the role of Captain von Trapp, while his co-star Julie Andrews played Maria von Trapp. The movie went on to break several records at the box office and has constantly been cited as a cornerstone in Hollywood cinema.
  • // 1970
    He is currently married to Elaine Taylor, an actress, since 1970 and the couple lives in Weston, Connecticut.
  • // 1971 To 1972
    From 1971 to 1972, he was associated with National Theatre in London and performed in several plays. Some of them include Laurence Olivier’s ‘Amphitryon 38’, Jonathan Miller’s ‘Danton’s Death’, and ‘The Rules of the Game’.
  • // 1973
    He was next seen in the musical ‘Cyrano’ as the lead character in 1973; His performance fetched him a Tony Award for Best Actor and a Drama Desk award for his outstanding performance. He also played the titular character in Neil Simon’s adaptation of Chekov’s stories ‘The Good Doctor’.
  • // 1999
    His role as Mike Wallace the journalist in the biographic film ‘The Insider’ (1999) was highly appreciated and he received several awards for this role.
  • // 2002
    He marked his return to the Stratford Festival in 2002 with ‘King Lear’, a successful production that was later staged at Lincoln Center in New York.
  • // 2008 To 2010
    In 2008, he played Julius Caesar in ‘Caesar and Cleopatra’ directed by Des McAnuff. The play was broadcasted later in cinemas across Canada. His role in ‘The Tempest’ in 2010 witnessed a similar success.
  • // 2012 To 2014
    In 2012, he appeared in the one man show ‘A Word or Two’ which was an autobiographical journey where he chronicled his interest in literature. A sequel to this ‘A Word of Two Again’ was presented at the Ahmanson Theatre in 2014.
  • // 2016
    He remains one of the most respected actors in Canada. In honor of his achievements, he received the Canadian Screen Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2016.
  • // 2017
    In 2017, he starred in Ridley Scott’s ‘All the Money in the World’, a role originally filmed with Kevin Spacey. Plummer’s role earned him a Golden Globe, Academy Award, and BAFTA nominations.

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  • What is Christopher Plummer birthday?

    Christopher Plummer was born at 1929-12-13

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    Christopher Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario

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    Christopher Plummer's nationalities is Canadian

  • Who is Christopher Plummer spouses?

    Christopher Plummer's spouses is Elaine Taylor (m. 1970), Patricia Lewis (m. 1962 – div. 1967), Tammy Grimes (m. 1956 – div. 1960)

  • Who is Christopher Plummer childrens?

    Christopher Plummer's childrens is Amanda Plummer

  • What was Christopher Plummer universities?

    Christopher Plummer studied at McGill University, McGill University

  • What was Christopher Plummer notable alumnis?

    Christopher Plummer's notable alumnis is McGill University, McGill University

  • How tall is Christopher Plummer?

    Christopher Plummer's height is 179

  • Who is Christopher Plummer's father?

    Christopher Plummer's father is John Orme Plummer

  • Who is Christopher Plummer's mother?

    Christopher Plummer's mother is Isabella Mary Abbott

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