Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer

Dec. 13th, 1929
Born in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5' 10 1/2"

Christopher Plummer's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Nature TV Show
The Thorn Birds TV Show
The Thorn Birds
Counterstrike (CA) TV Show
Counterstrike (CA)

Main Movie Roles

2015 - The Forger
2015 - Danny Collins
2014 - Hector and the Search for Happiness
2011 - Beginners
2011 - Priest
2011 - The Captains
2011 - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2009 - The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
2009 - 9
2009 - Up
2007 - Closing the Ring
2007 - Man in the Chair
2007 - Emotional Arithmetic
2006 - The Lake House
2006 - Inside Man
2005 - Syriana
2005 - Must Love Dogs
2005 - The New World
2004 - National Treasure
2004 - Alexander
2003 - Cold Creek Manor
2003 - The Visual Bible, The Gospel of John
2003 - Blizzard
2002 - Ararat
2002 - Nicholas Nickleby
2001 - A Beautiful Mind
2000 - Wes Craven Presents Dracula 2000
1999 - The Insider
1997 - Babes in Toyland
1995 - Dolores Claiborne
1995 - Twelve Monkeys
1994 - Wolf
1994 - Felidae
1992 - Malcolm X
1992 - Rock-A-Doodle
1991 - Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
1991 - Firehead
1990 - Where the Heart Is
1990 - Red Blooded American Girl
1988 - Nosferatu a Venezia
1987 - Dragnet
1986 - The Boss' Wife
1986 - An American Tail
1984 - Dreamscape
1982 - The Amateur
1981 - Eyewitness
1980 - Somewhere in Time
1979 - Murder by Decree
1979 - Hanover Street
1978 - The Silent Partner
1978 - International Velvet
1975 - The Man Who Would Be King
1975 - The Return of the Pink Panther
1969 - Battle of Britain
1967 - The Night of the Generals
1966 - Triple Cross
1964 - The Fall of the Roman Empire
0 - Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself - Host
P.J. Aimes
Herod Antipas
Captain Von Trapp
Himself - Guest
Jonathan Lawrence
Michael O'Leary
Himself - Guest
[Complete List]


Christopher Plummer is arguably the finest actor of the post-World War II period never to be nominated for an Academy Award, following in the footsteps of John Barrymore (I), for whose portrayal on Broadway he won a Tony Award. Aside from Barrymore, Plummer is the premier Shakespearean actor to come out of North America in the 20th century. He has also given many fine portrayals on film, particularly as he got older and settled down into a comfortable marriage with his third wife. Though he likely always be remembered as "Baron Von Trapp" in the atomic bomb-strength blockbuster The Sound of Music (1965) (a film he continues to despise), his later film work includes such outstanding performances as the best cinema Sherlock Holmes--other than Basil Rathbone -- in Murder by Decree (1979), the chilling villain in The Silent Partner (1978), his iconoclastic Mike Wallace (I) in The Insider (1999) and the empathetic psychiatrist in A Beautiful Mind (2001). Though many times tipped for a Best Supporting Actor nomination in the last ten years, he has never made it to the post. Aside from the traditional anti-New York bias of the Academy, whether this is because of his Canadian heritage is unknown. Many Canadians have won Ocars, including Mary Pickford, Marie Dressler, Norma Shearer and Walter Huston, but there is something different about Plummer; the fact that his demeanor and talent mark him off as more English than American may put off Academy voters (perhaps it is fitting that there is something "foreign" about Plummer: he is the great-grandson of former Canadian Prime Minister Sir John Abbott).

Aside from his failure to ring the gong at the Academy Awards, Plummer remains one of the most respected and honored actors performing in the English language. He's won two Emmy Awards out of six nominations stretching 46 years from 1959 and 2005, and one Genie Award in five nominations from 1980 to 2004. For his stage work, Plummer has racked up two Tony Awards on six nominations, the first in 1974 as Best Actor (Musical) for the title role in "Cyrano" and the second in 1997, as Best Actor (Play), in "Barrymore". Surprisingly, he did not win (though he was nominated) for his masterful 2004 "King Lear", which he originated at the Stratford Festival in Ontario and brought down to Broadway for a sold-out run. His other Tony nominations show the wide range of his talent, from a 1959 nod for the Elia Kazan-directed production of Archibald Macleish's Pulitzer Prize-winning "J.B." to recognition in 1994 for Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land", with a 1982 Best Actor (Play) nomination for his "Iago" in William Shakespeare (I)'s "Othello". This man can act, and seeing him perform onstage is one of an acting aficionado's great pleasures.

He continues to be a very in-demand character actor in prestigious motion pictures. If he were truly English rather than Canadian-American, he'd have been knighted long ago (in 1968, he was a made a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honor and one which requires the approval of the sovereign). In 1970, Plummer - a self-confessed 43-year-old "bottle baby" - married his third wife, dancer 'Elaine Taylor (I)_, who helped wean him off his dependency on alcohol. They currently live on a 30-acre estate in Weston, Connecticut and, although he spends the majority of his time in the United States, he remains a Canadian citizen.

  • Invited to join to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences [2007].
  • Was actually born on December 13, 1929, although most publications usually state his birthday as December 13, 1927.
  • Is only 13 years older than 'Charmian Carr' (qv) who played his daughter in _The Sound of Music (1965)_ (qv).
  • He and his daughter 'Amanda Plummer' (qv) both received Emmy nominations in 2005. She won, he didn't.
  • Appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1968.
  • Father, with 'Tammy Grimes' (qv), of actress 'Amanda Plummer' (qv).
  • He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario on June 8, 2004.
  • Has won two Tony Awards: in 1974, as Best Actor (Musical), playing the title role in "Cyrano," and in 1997, as Best Actor (Play), playing the title role of 'John Barrymore (I)' (qv) in "Barrymore." He has also been nominated for the Tony four other times: as Best Actor (Dramatic), in 1959 for "J.B.," and as Best Actor (Play), in 1982 for Shakespeare's "Othello," in 1994 for "No Man's Land," and in 2004 for Shakespeare's "King Lear."

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