Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer 2014.jpg
Plummer in 2014
Born
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer

(1929-12-13)December 13, 1929
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DiedFebruary 5, 2021(2021-02-05) (aged 91)
EducationHigh School of Montreal
OccupationActor
Years active1946–2021
Spouse(s)
  • (m. 1956; div. 1960)
  • Patricia Lewis
    (m. 1962; div. 1967)
  • (m. 1970)
ChildrenAmanda Plummer
Parent(s)Isabella Mary Abbott (mother)
RelativesJohn Bethune
(great-great-great grandfather)
John Bethune the Younger
(great-great-grandfather)
Joseph Abbott
(great-great-grandfather)
John Abbott
(great-grandfather)
F. B. Fetherstonhaugh
(great-uncle)
Janina Fialkowska
(cousin)
AwardsFull list

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer CC (December 13, 1929 – February 5, 2021) was a Canadian actor. His career spanned seven decades, gaining recognition for his performances in film, television, and stage. He made his Broadway debut in 1954 and continued to act in leading roles on stage playing Cyrano de Bergerac in Cyrano (1974), Iago in Othello, as well as playing the titular roles in Hamlet at Elsinore (1964), Macbeth, King Lear, and Barrymore. Plummer performed in stage productions, including J.B., No Man's Land, and Inherit the Wind.

Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario, and grew up in Senneville, Quebec. After appearing on stage, he made his film debut in Stage Struck (1958), landed his first starring role that same year in Wind Across the Everglades and won great acclaim for his performance as Captain Georg von Trapp in the musical film The Sound of Music (1965) alongside Julie Andrews.[1]

Plummer played numerous major historical figures, including Commodus in The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington in Waterloo (1970), Rudyard Kipling in The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Mike Wallace in The Insider (1999), Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station (2009), Kaiser Wilhelm II in The Exception (2016), and J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World (2017). His film credits also include Malcolm X (1992), A Beautiful Mind (2001), The New World (2005), Inside Man (2006), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Knives Out (2019), and The Last Full Measure (2019).

Plummer received various awards for his work, including an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award,[2] a Screen Actors Guild Award,[3] and a British Academy Film Award.[4] He is one of the few performers to have received the Triple Crown of Acting,[5] and the only Canadian. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the age of 82 for Beginners (2010), becoming the oldest person to win an acting award (a distinction he held until being supplanted by 83-year-old Anthony Hopkins in 2021), and he received a nomination at the age of 88 for All the Money in the World, making him the oldest person to be nominated in an acting category.[6]

  1. ^ Abel, Judy (January 31, 2010). "At 80, Plummer has arrived at his 'Station'". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  2. ^ "Christopher Plummer". Golden Globes. Archived from the original on October 26, 2020. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  3. ^ "Christopher Plummer nabs SAG Award for 'Beginners'". CTVNews. January 30, 2012. Archived from the original on April 1, 2021. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  4. ^ "Film in 2012". BAFTA Awards. Supporting Actor. Archived from the original on May 29, 2018. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  5. ^ Zak, Dan (February 27, 2017). "Only 22 people had ever accomplished this feat. Now, Viola Davis joins the club". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on March 1, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  6. ^ "The Oscar Elders: 3 Octogenarians Make Academy Award History". NPR. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved May 20, 2020.

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