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Also Known As: Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer Died:
Born: December 13, 1929 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, director

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Arguably the greatest survivor of the two-fisted drinkers' school of acting that included the likes of Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole and Albert Finney, classically-trained actor Christopher Plummer established himself on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the finest stage performers of his generation, particularly in Shakespearean roles. After headlining for three of the world's most noted theater companies, Plummer starred in a host of movies; most memorably playing Baron Georg Von Trapp in the smash hit musical "The Sound of Music" (1965). Though he remained prolific both on stage and onscreen, earning awards in several mediums, Plummer languished for the next few decades in mostly mediocre projects that were beneath his skill set. But in 1997, he delivered a Tony Award-winning performance as the besotted actor John Barrymore in "Barrymore" that earned him the considerable attention that had previously eluded him. From that point on, he became a much in-demand character actor, playing "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace in "The Insider" (1999), Captain Christopher Newport in "The New World" (2005), and a managing partner of a power law firm in the excellent political thriller, "Syriana"...

Arguably the greatest survivor of the two-fisted drinkers' school of acting that included the likes of Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole and Albert Finney, classically-trained actor Christopher Plummer established himself on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the finest stage performers of his generation, particularly in Shakespearean roles. After headlining for three of the world's most noted theater companies, Plummer starred in a host of movies; most memorably playing Baron Georg Von Trapp in the smash hit musical "The Sound of Music" (1965). Though he remained prolific both on stage and onscreen, earning awards in several mediums, Plummer languished for the next few decades in mostly mediocre projects that were beneath his skill set. But in 1997, he delivered a Tony Award-winning performance as the besotted actor John Barrymore in "Barrymore" that earned him the considerable attention that had previously eluded him. From that point on, he became a much in-demand character actor, playing "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace in "The Insider" (1999), Captain Christopher Newport in "The New World" (2005), and a managing partner of a power law firm in the excellent political thriller, "Syriana" (2005). While he occasionally returned to the stage, as he did with a sterling Broadway performance as the titular "King Lear" (2004), Plummer enjoyed his late-life success on the big screen - including a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Beginners" (2011) - after his long struggle to achieve it.

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 Remember (2015)
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 Sarila (2014)
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 Elsa and Fred (2014)
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 Forger, The (2014)
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 Barrymore (2012)
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 Priest (2011)
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Milestones close milestones

1948:
Stage debut in "Cymbeline" at Canadian Repertory Theatre, Ottawa
1951:
TV debut in CBC production of "Othello"
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Worked extensively in live TV during the 1950s on shows like "Kraft Television Theatre" and "Producers' Showcase" (both NBC) and "Appointment with Adventure" (CBS)
1954:
Broadway debut in "The Starcross Story" starring Katherine Cornell
1955:
Starred opposite Judith Anderson in a Paris production of "Medea"
1955:
Delivered a compelling performance as the Earl of Warwick in Anouilh's "The Lark" opposite Julie Harris
1956:
Portrayed title role in "Henry V" at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada
1958:
Made film debut in Sidney Lumet's "Stage Struck"
1961:
London stage debut in "Becket"
1965:
Most memorable film appearance as Baron Von Trapp opposite Julie Andrews' Maria in "The Sound of Music"
1968:
Portrayed title role in feature "Oedipus the King"
1973:
Conceived and directed "Lovers and Madmen," an evening of Shakespearean love themes for Zoe Caldwell and himself
1974:
Won a Tony Award for his performance in "Cyrano"
1976:
Delivered Emmy-winning performance in "Arthur Hailey's 'The Moneychangers'" (NBC)
1979:
Played Sherlock Holmes in the feature film "Murder by Decree"
1980:
Appeared in award-winning telefilm "The Shadow Box" (ABC), directed by Paul Newman and co-starring Joanne Woodward
1986:
Provided voice of Henri for the animated feature "An American Tail"
1988:
Toured the U.S. in title role of "Macbeth"
1990:
Starred in TV series "Counterstrike" on USA Network
1994:
Acted opposite Jason Robards Jr. in revival of Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land" on Broadway
1997:
Returned to Broadway in the one-man show "Barrymore," about the actor John Barrymore
1999:
Portrayed TV journalist Mike Wallace in "The Insider," a film about tobacco industry whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe)
2001:
Had pivotal role as a psychiatrist treating schizophrenic mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. (Russell Crowe) in "A Beautiful Mind"
2002:
Co-starred in the historical drama feature "Ararat"
2004:
Returned to the stage for a production of "King Lear" at Lincoln Center's Beaumont theater; received a Tony nomination for his performance
2004:
Cast as Aristotle in Oliver Stone's "Alexander"
2005:
Earned Emmy and SAG nominations for his portrayal of Boston's controversial Cardinal Bernard Law in Showtime's "Our Fathers"
2005:
Starred in the geopolitical thriller "Syriana," based on the real-life memoirs of CIA agent Robert Baer; produced by George Clooney
2006:
Co-starred with Denzel Washington and Clive Owen in the Spike Lee directed hostage drama "Inside Man"
2007:
Returned to Broadway as Henry Drummond in a revival of "Inherit the Wind"; earned seventh Tony nomination
2009:
Voiced the villain in the Pixar animated film "Up"
2009:
Lent his voice to the feature-length adaptation of Shane Acker's short film "9"
2009:
Cast in the title role of Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"
2009:
Portrayed Leo Tolstoy in the German biographical film "The Last Station"; earned Independent Spirit, Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("The Last Station")
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role ("The Last Station")
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male ("The Last Station")
2009:
Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role ("The Last Station")
2011:
Joined the cast of David Fincher directed "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," based on the novel by Stieg Larsson
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Education

Jennings Private School: -

Notes

"[The theater] is a selfish profession. You can't avoid that. She [daughter Amanda Plummer] came from a real broken home, because both her mother [actress Tammy Grimes] and I weren't there for her, really. She does [love both of us], I don't quite know why, but she does. Maybe it's the best way to love a parent, to love in the mind's eye and not the real thing." --Christopher Plummer, quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 15, 1997

Amanda Plummer became the first child of Tony Award-winning parents to also win the coveted prize (for "Agnes of God" in 1982). Mother Tammy Grimes won as Supporting or Featured Actress in a Musical for "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (1961) and as Actress in a Play for "Private Lives" (1970). Her father has received two, as Actor in a Musical for "Cyrano" (1974) and Actor in a Play ("Barrymore" 1997)

Invested as Companion of the Order of Canada (the country's highest honor) in 1968

First recipient of the Maple Leaf Award for Arts and Letters in 1982

Presented with the Golden Badge of Honour by Austria's Ministry of the Interior for his involvement with "The Sound of Music"

Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1986

The Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger honored him with the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre (Will Award) in 1990.

Made an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at the Julliard School of Performing Arts (1993)

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Tammy Grimes. Actor. Married August 19, 1956; divorced.
wife:
Patricia Audrey Lewis. Journalist. Married May 4, 1962; divorced.
wife:
Elaine Taylor. Actor, dancer. Married in 1970.

Family close complete family listing

father:
John Plummer. Secretary. Worked at McGill University; divorced from Plummer's mother in 1929.
mother:
Isabella Mary Plummer. Divorced from Plummer's father in 1929.
daughter:
Amanda Plummer. Actor. Born March 23, 1957; mother, Tammy Grimes.

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