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Christopher Plummer

Christopher PlummerAKA Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer

Born: 13-Dec-1929
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: Canada
Executive summary: A Beautiful Mind

Christopher Plummer is a longtime film actor, best known for appearing to sing "Edelweiss" as Baron von Trapp in The Sound of Music, with Julie Andrews and a fleet of singing children, but ironically Plummer abhors that film, and derisively refers to it as The Sound of Mucus.

Plummer was born into a family of well-off actors. His great-uncle, Nigel Bruce, played Dr Watson opposite Basil Rathbone in numerous Sherlock Holmes films, and Plummer's great-grandfather, Sir John Abbott, was the mayor of Montreal and later Prime Minister of Canada. Plummer's parents were divorced mere weeks after he was born, and the boy was raised by his mother and several aunts.

He knew from an early age he wanted to be an actor, and began working with the Canadian Repertory Company in his mid-teens, often appearing on stage and eventually radio roles alongside his fellow Canadian and friend William Shatner. Plummer made his professional debut at 17, and long before either man was famous, he starred in a Montreal production of Henry V, with Shatner as his understudy. By his mid-20s, Plummer was well-known in theater circles as a heavy drinker and suave ladies' man, a reputation he still relishes. "To be known as a rake at twenty-two or twenty-three was so much more satisfying than any career move."

He worked his way to Broadway by 1954, debuting in a bomb, The Starcross Story with Mary Astor, which closed on its opening night. His luck improved, and he was eventually nominated for six Tonys, winning the award in 1974 for the title role in a musical of Cyrano, and again in 1997 playing John Barrymore in Barrymore.

After numerous appearances on live television plays, his first film was Stage Fright, a generally forgotten backstage drama with Henry Fonda. Plummer, though, was a dashingly handsome actor, and his memorable big-screen roles include the psychotically laughing Commodus in the sprawling Fall of the Roman Empire with Alec Guinness and Sophia Loren, the intense manager of teen starlet Natalie Wood in Inside Daisy Clover, a jaunty Sherlock Holmes in Murder by Decree with James Mason as Dr Watson, and Rudyard Kipling telling the tale of The Man Who Would Be King with Sean Connery and Michael Caine.

As Plummer aged, his face evolved into a craggy, wrinkled moonscape, and in his late career he played several memorable elderlies -- the scientist father of radical Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys, a spineless Mike Wallace in The Insider with Russell Crowe, Crowe's shrink in A Beautiful Mind, and the priest and pedophile-enabler Bernard Cardinal Law in Our Fathers. After playing Cardinal Law, Plummer publicly criticized the Vatican for its decades of protecting child abusers "behind crimson robes".

Plummer and Shatner were reunited in the final voyage of the original Star Ship Enterprise, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). Plummer played the Shakespeare-quoting Klingon, General Chang, making a half-attempt at diplomacy with the despised Federation of Planets.

Father: John Plummer (lawyer at McGill University)
Mother: Isabella Mary Plummer
Wife: Tammy Grimes (actress, m. 19-Aug-1956, div. 1960, one daughter)
Daughter: Amanda Plummer (actress, b. 23-Mar-1957)
Wife: Patricia Lewis (British journalist, m. 4-May-1962, div. 1967)
Wife: Elaine Taylor (actress, dated 1968-70, m. 1970)

    High School: Jennings Private School, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    Golden Globe 2012, Best Supporting Actor, for Beginners
    Oscar for Best Supporting Actor 2012 for Beginners
    Order of Canada 1968
    Canada's Walk of Fame 1998
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism

    TELEVISION
    Counterstrike Alexander Addington (1990-93)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Hector and the Search for Happiness (14-Aug-2014)
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (12-Dec-2011)
    Priest (26-Apr-2011) · Monsignor Orelas
    Beginners (11-Sep-2010) · Hal
    The Last Station (4-Sep-2009) · Tolstoy
    9 (19-Aug-2009) · #1 [VOICE]
    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (22-May-2009) · Doctor Parnassus
    Up (13-May-2009) · Charles Muntz [VOICE]
    My Dog Tulip (May-2009) [VOICE]
    Already Dead (11-Dec-2007)
    Emotional Arithmetic (15-Sep-2007) · David Winters
    Closing the Ring (14-Sep-2007)
    Man in the Chair (27-Jan-2007) · Flash Madden
    The Lake House (16-Jun-2006)
    Inside Man (16-May-2006)
    The New World (25-Dec-2005) · Capt. Newport
    Syriana (23-Nov-2005) · Dean Whiting
    Four Minutes (6-Oct-2005)
    Must Love Dogs (21-Jul-2005)
    Our Fathers (11-May-2005)
    National Treasure (8-Nov-2004)
    Alexander (5-Nov-2004)
    Cold Creek Manor (17-Sep-2003) · Mr. Massie
    The Gospel of John (11-Sep-2003) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Blizzard (15-May-2003)
    Nicholas Nickleby (27-Dec-2002) · Ralph Nickleby
    Ararat (20-May-2002) · David
    A Beautiful Mind (13-Dec-2001)
    Lucky Break (24-Aug-2001)
    On Golden Pond (29-Apr-2001) · Norman Thayer
    Full Disclosure (2001)
    Dracula 2000 (22-Dec-2000) · Abraham Van Helsing
    Possessed (22-Oct-2000)
    Nuremberg (16-Jul-2000)
    The Insider (5-Nov-1999)
    Madeline: Lost in Paris (20-Aug-1999) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Winchell (11-Nov-1998)
    Hidden Agenda (1998)
    The Clown at Midnight (1998)
    Conspiracy of Fear (Feb-1997)
    The Arrow (12-Jan-1997)
    We the Jury (16-Oct-1996)
    Skeletons (1996)
    Twelve Monkeys (27-Dec-1995) · Dr. Goines
    Harrison Bergeron (13-Aug-1995)
    Dolores Claiborne (24-Mar-1995) · Det. John Mackey
    Wolf (17-Jun-1994) · Raymond Alden
    Crackerjack (1994)
    Malcolm X (18-Nov-1992) · Chaplain Gill
    Secrets (6-Apr-1992)
    Liar's Edge (14-Feb-1992) · Harry Weldon
    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (6-Dec-1991) · Chang
    Rock-A-Doodle (22-Nov-1991) [VOICE]
    Young Catherine (17-Feb-1991)
    Firehead (25-Jan-1991)
    A Ghost in Monte Carlo (2-Apr-1990)
    Where the Heart Is (23-Feb-1990)
    Red Blooded American Girl (1990)
    Mindfield (Nov-1989)
    Souvenir (6-Jan-1989)
    Vampire in Venice (1-Sep-1988)
    I Love N.Y. (1988)
    A Hazard of Hearts (27-Dec-1987)
    Dragnet (26-Jun-1987) · Whirley
    An American Tail (21-Nov-1986) · Henri [VOICE]
    The Boss' Wife (7-Nov-1986)
    The Boy in Blue (17-Jan-1986)
    Lily in Love (17-Oct-1984)
    Dreamscape (15-Aug-1984) · Bob Blair
    Ordeal by Innocence (1984)
    Prototype (7-Dec-1983) · Dr. Carl Forrester
    The Thorn Birds (27-Mar-1983)
    The Scarlet and the Black (2-Feb-1983)
    Little Gloria: Happy at Last (24-Oct-1982)
    Highpoint (30-Sep-1982)
    The Amateur (11-Dec-1981)
    Eyewitness (26-Aug-1981) · Joseph
    The Shadow Box (Sep-1980)
    Somewhere in Time (1980) · W. F. Robinson
    Hanover Street (18-May-1979)
    Murder by Decree (1-Feb-1979) · Sherlock Holmes
    Starcrash (21-Dec-1978) · The Emperor
    International Velvet (13-Oct-1978) · John Seaton
    The Silent Partner (7-Sep-1978)
    The Disappearance (17-Sep-1977)
    The Assignment (11-Jul-1977)
    Jesus of Nazareth (3-Apr-1977)
    Aces High (30-Sep-1976) · Sinclair
    The Man Who Would Be King (17-Dec-1975) · Rudyard Kipling
    Conduct Unbecoming (5-Oct-1975)
    The Return of the Pink Panther (21-May-1975) · Sir Charles Litton
    The Spiral Staircase (31-Jan-1975) · Dr. Joe Sherman
    The Pyx (13-Sep-1973)
    Waterloo (26-Oct-1970)
    The Royal Hunt of the Sun (6-Oct-1969)
    Battle of Britain (15-Sep-1969) · Squadron Leader Colin Harvey
    Lock Up Your Daughters! (30-Mar-1969)
    The High Commissioner (22-Aug-1968)
    Oedipus the King (Jun-1968)
    The Night of the Generals (2-Feb-1967)
    Triple Cross (9-Dec-1966) · Eddie Chapman
    Inside Daisy Clover (17-Feb-1966) · Raymond Swan
    The Sound of Music (2-Mar-1965) · Captain von Trapp
    The Fall of the Roman Empire (26-Mar-1964)
    Wind Across the Everglades (11-Sep-1958)
    Stage Struck (22-Apr-1958) · Joe Sheridan


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