Christopher Plummer

Actor, Director
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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/13/1929 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (178)

Little Mizz Innocent 2016 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Remember 2016 (Movie)

Zev Guttman (Actor)

20/20 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Danny Collins 2015 (Movie)

Frank Grubman (Actor)

Danny Collins 2015 (Movie)

Frank Grubman (Actor)

Pixies 2015 (Movie)

Pixie King (Voice)

The Forger 2015 (Movie)

Joseph Cutter (Actor)

A Girl and a Gun 2014 (Movie)

The Boss (Actor)

Elsa & Fred 2014 (Movie)

Fred (Actor)

Hector and the Search for Happiness 2014 (Movie)

Professor Coreman (Actor)

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Sarila 2013 (Movie)

(Voice)

The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Mammoth: Titan Of The Ice Age 2013 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Barrymore 2012 (Movie)

John Barrymore (Actor)

The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Beginners 2011 (Movie)

Hal (Actor)

Madeline On The Town 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Narrator

Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Narrator

Priest 2011 (Movie)

Monsignor Orelas (Actor)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 2011 (Movie)

Henrik Vanger (Actor)

My Dog Tulip 2010 (Movie)

J.R. Ackerley (Voice)

9 2009 (Movie)

#1 (Voice)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 2009 (Movie)

Doctor Parnassus (Actor)

The Last Station 2009 (Movie)

Leo Tolstoy (Actor)

Up 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Charles Muntz (Actor)

The Summit 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Already Dead 2007 (Movie)

Dr Heller (Actor)

Closing the Ring 2007 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Emotional Arithmetic 2007 (Movie)

David Winters (Actor)

Man in the Chair 2007 (Movie)

Flash Madden (Actor)

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Eugene O'Neill: A Documentary Film 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Narrator

Four Minutes 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside Man 2006 (Movie)

Arthur Case (Actor)

Nuremberg: The Nazis Facing Their Crimes 2006 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

The Lake House 2006 (Movie)

Simon Wyler (Actor)

Must Love Dogs 2005 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Syriana 2005 (Movie)

Dean Whiting (Actor)

The New World 2005 (Movie)

Capt. Christopher Newport (Actor)

Alexander 2004 (Movie)

Aristotle (Actor)

National Treasure 2004 (Movie)

John Adams Gates (Actor)

Blizzard 2003 (Movie)

Santa (Actor)

Cold Creek Manor 2003 (Movie)

Mr Massie (Actor)

The Gospel of John 2003 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Ararat 2002 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Lucky Break 2002 (Movie)

Governor Graham Mortimer (Actor)

Nicholas Nickleby 2002 (Movie)

Ralph Nickleby (Actor)

A Beautiful Mind 2001 (Movie)

Doctor Rosen (Actor)

American Tragedy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

On Golden Pond (Cbs) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Possessed 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Blackheart 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. & Mrs. Broadway 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 2000 (Movie)

Matthew Van Helsing/ Abraham Van Helsing (Actor)

Celebrate the Century 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Full Disclosure 1999 (Movie)

FBI Agent--Robert Lecker (Actor)

The Dinosaur Hunter 1999 (Movie)

Hump Hinton (Actor)

The Insider 1999 (Movie)

Mike Wallace (Actor)

An American Affair 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

David the Gnome 1996 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Hidden Agenda 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Andes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Clown at Midnight 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Yanni: No Borders, No Boundaries 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Babes in Toyland 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

We the Jury 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

12 Monkeys 1995 (Movie)

Dr Mason (Actor)

Counterstrike 1990 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Dolores Claiborne 1995 (Movie)

Detective John Mackey (Actor)

Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Stranger in the Mirror 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Wolf 1994 (Movie)

Raymond Alden (Actor)

Long Ago and Far Away 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 20th International Emmy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

Danielle Steel's "Secrets" 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

Chaplain Gill (Actor)

Rock-a-Doodle 1992 (Movie)

of the Duke (Voice)

The First Circle 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Year of the Generals 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Firehead 1991 (Movie)

Colonel Garland Vaughn (Actor)

Money 1991 (Movie)

Martin Yahl (Actor)

Star Trek VI: the Undiscovered Country 1991 (Movie)

Chang (Actor)

Red-Blooded American Girl 1990 (Movie)

Dr John Alcore (Actor)

Where the Heart Is 1990 (Movie)

The !#&@ (Actor)

Madeline: The Musical 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

Mind Field 1989 (Movie)

Doctor Satorius (Actor)

Nabokov on Kafka 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

I Love N.Y. 1988 (Movie)

John Robertson Yeats (Actor)

Kingsgate 1988 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Light Years 1988 (Movie)

of Metamorphis (Voice)

Nosferatu a Venezia 1988 (Movie)

Paris Catalano (Actor)

Shadow Dancing 1988 (Movie)

Edmund Beaumont (Actor)

Souvenir 1988 (Movie)

Ernst Kestner (Actor)

The Man Who Planted Trees 1988 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Dragnet 1987 (Movie)

Reverend Whirley (Actor)

An American Tail 1986 (Movie)

of Henri (Voice)

Crossings 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Jerusalem: Within These Walls 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Narrator

Spearfield's Daughter 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boss' Wife 1986 (Movie)

Mr Roalvang (Actor)

The Boy in Blue 1986 (Movie)

Knox (Actor)

Lily in Love 1985 (Movie)

Fitzroy Wynn (Actor)

Ordeal By Innocence 1985 (Movie)

Leo Argyle (Actor)

Dreamscape 1984 (Movie)

Robert Blair (Actor)

Parade of Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Thorn Birds 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Dial M For Murder 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Eyewitness 1981 (Movie)

Joseph (Actor)

When the Circus Came to Town 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Being Different 1980 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Somewhere in Time 1980 (Movie)

W F Robinson (Actor)

The Amateur 1980 (Movie)

Professor Lakos (Actor)

Clytemnestra 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Narrator

Hanover Street 1979 (Movie)

Paul Sellinger (Actor)

International Velvet 1979 (Movie)

John Seaton (Actor)

Murder By Decree 1979 (Movie)

Sherlock Holmes (Actor)

Arthur Miller on Home Ground 1978 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Highpoint 1978 (Movie)

James Hatcher (Actor)

Starcrash 1978 (Movie)

Emperor (Actor)

Aces High 1977 (Movie)

Sinclair (Actor)

Arthur Hailey's "The Moneychangers" 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Silent Partner 1977 (Movie)

Harry Reikle (Actor)

Uppdraget 1977 (Movie)

Captain Behounek (Actor)

Disappearance 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

After the Fall 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Atentat u Sarajevu 1975 (Movie)

Ferdinand (Actor)

Conduct Unbecoming 1975 (Movie)

Major Alastair Wimbourne (Actor)

The Man Who Would Be King 1975 (Movie)

Rudyard Kipling (Actor)

The Return of the Pink Panther 1975 (Movie)

Sir Charles Litton (Actor)

The Pyx 1972 (Movie)

Jim Henderson (Actor)

Waterloo 1970 (Movie)

Wellington (Actor)

Battle of Britain 1969 (Movie)

Squadron Leader Colin Harvey (Actor)

Lock Up Your Daughters! 1969 (Movie)

Lord Foppington (Actor)

The Royal Hunt of the Sun 1969 (Movie)

Atahualpa (Actor)

Oedipus the King 1967 (Movie)

Oedipus (Actor)

The Night of the Generals 1967 (Movie)

Field Marshal Rommel (Actor)

Inside Daisy Clover 1966 (Movie)

Raymond Swan (Actor)

Triple Cross 1966 (Movie)

Eddie Chapman/ (Actor)

The Sound of Music 1965 (Movie)

Captain Georg Von Trapp (Actor)

The Fall of the Roman Empire 1963 (Movie)

Commodus (Actor)

DuPont Show of the Month 1957 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Belinda 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Moon of Alban 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Stage Struck 1958 (Movie)

Joe Sheridan (Actor)

The Prince and the Pauper 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Wind Across the Everglades 1958 (Movie)

Walt Murdock (Actor)

A Doll's House (TV Show)

Actor

A Ghost in Monte Carlo (TV Show)

Actor

A Hazard of Hearts (TV Show)

Actor

Agent of Influence (TV Show)

Actor

Conan (Tv Show)

Guest

Crackerjack (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Voyage (TV Show)

Actor

Jesus of Nazareth (TV Show)

Actor

Liar's Edge (TV Show)

Actor

Madeline and the Bad Hat (TV Show)

Narrator

Madeline and the Gypsies (TV Show)

Narrator

Madeline in London (TV Show)

Narrator

Madeline's Christmas (TV Show)

Narrator

Madeline's Rescue (TV Show)

Narrator

Nuremberg (TV Show)

Actor

Our Fathers (TV Show)

Actor

Prototype (TV Show)

Actor

Skeletons (TV Show)

Actor

The Conspiracy of Fear (TV Show)

Actor

The First Christmas (TV Show)

Narrator

The Scarlet and the Black (TV Show)

Actor

The Shadow Box (TV Show)

Actor

The Spiral Staircase (TV Show)

Actor

We the Jury (TV Show)

Actor

Winchell (TV Show)

Actor

Young Catherine (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Barrymore 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (1)

An American Tail 1986 (Movie)

("Never Say Never") (Song Performer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Tammy Grimes Actor

Wife
Married Aug. 19, 1956 Divorced 1960

Patricia Lewis

Wife
Married May 4, 1962 Divorced 1967

Amanda Plummer Actor

Daughter
Born March 23, 1957; mother, Tammy Grimes

John Plummer

Father
Worked for the Dean of Sciences at McGill University Divorced Christopher's mother in 1929

Isabella Plummer

Mother
Granddaughter of Canadian Prime Minister John Abbott Divorced Christopher's father in 1929

Elaine Taylor Actor

Wife
Married Oct. 2, 1970

EDUCATION

Jennings Private School

Milestones

2011

Joined the cast of David Fincher directed "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," based on the novel by Stieg Larsson

2011

Played Ewan McGregor's dying father in "Beginners"

2009

Cast in the title role of Terry Gilliam's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"

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

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

Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role ("The Last Station")

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 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male ("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")

2007

Returned to Broadway as Henry Drummond in a revival of "Inherit the Wind"; earned seventh Tony nomination

2006

Co-starred with Denzel Washington and Clive Owen in the Spike Lee directed hostage drama "Inside Man"

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

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"

2002

Co-starred in the historical drama feature "Ararat"

2001

Had pivotal role as a psychiatrist treating schizophrenic mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. (Russell Crowe) in "A Beautiful Mind"

1999

Portrayed TV journalist Mike Wallace in "The Insider," a film about tobacco industry whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe)

1997

Returned to Broadway in the one-man show "Barrymore," about the actor John Barrymore

1994

Acted opposite Jason Robards Jr. in revival of Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land" on Broadway

1990

Starred in TV series "Counterstrike" on USA Network

1988

Toured the U.S. in title role of "Macbeth"

1986

Provided voice of Henri for the animated feature "An American Tail"

1980

Appeared in award-winning telefilm "The Shadow Box" (ABC), directed by Paul Newman and co-starring Joanne Woodward

1979

Played Sherlock Holmes in the feature film "Murder by Decree"

1976

Delivered Emmy-winning performance in "Arthur Hailey's 'The Moneychangers'" (NBC)

1974

Won a Tony Award for his performance in "Cyrano"

1973

Conceived and directed "Lovers and Madmen," an evening of Shakespearean love themes for Zoe Caldwell and himself

1968

Portrayed title role in feature "Oedipus the King"

1965

Most memorable film appearance as Baron Von Trapp opposite Julie Andrews' Maria in "The Sound of Music"

1961

London stage debut in "Becket"

1958

Made film debut in Sidney Lumet's "Stage Struck"

1956

Portrayed title role in "Henry V" at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada

1955

Delivered a compelling performance as the Earl of Warwick in Anouilh's "The Lark" opposite Julie Harris

1955

Starred opposite Judith Anderson in a Paris production of "Medea"

1954

Broadway debut in "The Starcross Story" starring Katherine Cornell

1951

TV debut in CBC production of "Othello"

1948

Stage debut in "Cymbeline" at Canadian Repertory Theatre, Ottawa

Worked extensively in live TV during the 1950s on shows like "Kraft Television Theatre" and "Producers' Showcase" (both NBC) and "Appointment with Adventure" (CBS)

Bonus Trivia

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In 2001, he received the Canadian Governor General's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1986.

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Plummer was invested as Companion of the Order of Canada (the country's highest honor) in 1968.

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In 1993, Plummer received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at Julliard School of Performing Arts.

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