Christopher Plummer


      B I O G .


      Date of birth:

        13 December 1929
        Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Birth name:

        Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer




        Elaine Taylor (1970 - present)
        Patricia Lewis (4 May 1962 - 1967) (divorced)
        Tammy Grimes (19 August 1956 - 1960) (divorced) 1 child



      CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, who has recently completed his Tony-nominated performance as King Lear in Sir Jonathan Miller’s much lauded production at Lincoln Center (2005), has enjoyed 50 years as one of the English speaking theatre’s most distinguished actors and as a veteran of international renown in over 100 motion pictures.

      It was in his hometown of Montreal that Plummer began his professional career on stage and radio in both French and English. After Eva Le Gallienne gave him his New York debut (1954) he went on to star in many celebrated, prize-winning productions on Broadway and London’s West End including Elia Kazan’s production of Archibald MacLeish’s Pulitzer-winning play J.B., and the title role in Anthony Burgess’ musical Cyrano for which Plummer won his first Tony. Apart from King Lear, his most recent Broadway success was as Barrymore for which he won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle Award, The Edwin Booth Award, the Boston Critics’ Award, Chicago’s Jefferson Award, and Los Angeles’ Ovation Award as best actor 1997-1998. He was also a leading member of Britain’s National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier, the Royal Shakespeare Company under Sir Peter Hall, and in its formative years, Canada’s Stratford Festival under Sir Tyrone Guthrie and Michael Langham. He has played most of the great roles in the classic repertoire.

      Plummer’s eclectic career on screen began when Sidney Lumet gave him his movie debut in Stage Struck. Since then he has appeared in a host of notable films which include the Academy Award-winning The Sound of Music, The Man Who Would Be King, The Battle of Britain, Waterloo, The Silent Partner, Dragnet, Daisy Clover, Star Trek IV, Malcolm X, Dolores Claibourne, Wolf, Twelve Monkeys, Murder by Decree, Somewhere in Time, Douglas McGrath’s Nicholas Nickleby, and a host of others. Plummer’s recent successes are Michael Mann’s Oscar-nominated The Insider, playing television journalist Mike Wallace, for which he won the Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas National Critics’ Awards; as well as Ron Howard’s Academy Award- winning A Beautiful Mind and Etom Egoyan’s Ararat.

      He was most recently seen in Gary David Goldberg’s Must Love Dogs.

      Plummer’s upcoming films include Terrence Malick’s The New World, Alejandro Agresti’s The Lake House, Charles Beeson’s Four Minutes and Spike Lee’s Inside Man.


      Handsome, award-winning Shakespearean-trained actor who will probably forever be remembered as Baron Von Trapp from The Sound of Music (1965), a film he reportedly referred to as "The Sound of Mucus."

      A veteran of the Montreal stage, Plummer is adept at both comedy and drama, and is particularly effective in sinister roles, such as the Israeli diplomat in Eyewitness (1981), and the head of covert intelligence in Dreamscape (1984).

      Plummer made his film debut in Wind Across the Everglades (1958), and was memorable in Stage Struck (also 1958), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Inside Daisy Clover (1965), Oedipus the King (1968), Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969), The Man Who Would Be King (1975, as Rudyard Kipling), The Return of the Pink Panther, Conduct Unbecoming (both also 1975), The Silent Partner (1978), Murder by Decree (1979, as Sherlock Holmes), and Somewhere in Time (1980).

      The 1980s saw him playing heavies and appearing in many lackluster films, including a few that went straight to video. But the decade also saw him tackling more lighthearted parts, displaying a hitherto unsuspected comedic facility. His films in this period include Ordeal by Innocence (1984), The Boy in Blue (1985), An American Tail (1986, voice only), The Boss' Wife (also 1986), Dragnet, I Love N.Y., Souvenir (all 1987), Stage Fright (1988), Mind Field (1990), Where the Heart Is (also 1990, all but unrecognizable playing a filthy bum), The Dispossessed, Firehead, Red-Blooded American Girl (all also 1990), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991, as a Shakespeare-quoting Klingon opposite William Shatner, who had understudied for Plummer on stage in Canada), Malcolm X (1992, in a cameo as a prison priest), Liar's Edge (1993), Wolf (1994), and Dolores Claiborne (1995).

      Plummer continues to divide his time among film, stage, and TV work. (He won a 1974 Tony Award for the Broadway musical Cyrano, and a 1977 Emmy Award for the TV miniseries The Moneychangers.)

      His daughter (by former wife Tammy Grimes) is actress Amanda Plummer.

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      Trivia has been sourced from the definitive book by Christopher Plummer, In Spite of Myself - A memoir . Available at (direct link).

    • Affectionately dubs The Sound of Music "S&M".

    • Recalls Laurence Olivier as a "great actor but lousy director".

    • He was a leading actor in Peter Hall's Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

    • He was born a Canadian on a Friday the thirteenth in 1929 - the year of the Crash.

    • Was good friends with the great Raymond Massey.

    • Clled Vanessa Redgrave "Big Van". Played alot of tennis against her.

    • His mentor was Michael Langham.

    • His great-grandfather was Canada's 3rd prime-minster and owned railroads.

    • Lived for awhile in a little cottage on Bell Island. Bought an old house fifteen feet from the water's edge in Noreton, Connecticut. It had once been part of an estate that had belonged to Andrew Carnegie.


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