If you are familiar with the character Captain von Trapp from the blockbuster The Sound of Music from 1965, then you surely know the Canadian actor Christopher Plummer.
Apart from The Sound of Music, Plummer played in many other blockbuster movies like The Silent Partner, The Insider, where he played as Mike Wallace, A Beautiful Mind, In The Last Station; he was Leo Tolstoy.
He has also portrayed several important historical figures, including Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington in the blockbuster Waterloo of 1970, as Rudyard Kipling in The Man Who Would Be King, and as J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World (2017).
Plummer was born on 13 December 1929 as Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer and is the only child of Isabella Mary (former secretary to the Dean of Science at McGill University) and John Orme Plummer who sold stocks and shares.
Plummer’s great-grandfather is Sir John Abbott, who was a Canadian Prime Minister, while his great-great-grandson is an Anglican minister and McGill President John Bethune.
His parents divorced the same year he was born, so Plummer was raised by his mother in Senneville, Quebec (a suburban village on the western tip of the island of Montreal). He attended Montreal High School and then McGill University.
Plummer, who initially trained as a concert pianist, developed a love for the theatre at a young age. His acting career began during high school, even in McGill, and he also began acting after seeing Laurence Olivier’s 1944 film Henry V.
His first remarkable role came when he played Darcy in the production of Pride and Prejudice. After high school, he trained at the Canadian Repertory Theatre in Ottawa where he took part in countless productions, including The Infernal Machine, which also featured William Shatner and Cymbeline.
He made his first big Broadway debut in 1953 with the leading role in The Starcross Story, then came Home is the Hero. He also played in The Dark is Light Enough and supported the legends Katharine Cornell and Tyrone Power.
Plummer had his greatest success on the big screen when he appeared as the distant widower Captain Georg von Trapp in the 1965 movie The Sound of Music, in which he played the leading role alongside Julie Andrews. He played in so many other Hollywood blockbusters like Murder by Decree, The Silent Partner, The Insider, A Beautiful Mind, The Last Station.
Some of his other movies include Daisy Clover, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, International Velvet, The Night of the Generals, Somewhere in Time, The Undiscovered Country, The New World, Eyewitness, Star Trek VI, Shadow Dance, Dragnet, The Lake House and others.
He is still one of the most respected and honored English actors performing in English.
Awards And Nominations
Plummer was nominated for several awards and won many of them. From six nominations in 1959 and 2005, he received two Emmy Awards. From 1980 to 2004 he won one Genie Award out of five nominations.
For his stage appearances, Plummer has received two Tony Awards out of six nominations. The first one he won in 1974 in the category Best Actor (Musical) for his role in Cyrano and the second one in 1997 as Best Actor (Play) for his role in Barrymore.
Surprisingly, Plummer did not receive an Oscar nomination until 2010, when he was awarded Best Supporting Actor for the role of the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station. He finally received his first Oscar in 2011 for his work in Beginners, where he played a pensioner who had turned out to be gay in his later years after the death of his wife.
In late 2017, he replaced Kevin Spacey for the role of J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World of the Money after Spacey was repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct. The film earned him a Golden Globe and Oscar nominations as best supporting actor.
In 1968 he received the Order of Canada (at that time the highest civil award in Canada). In 2001, he received the Governor General’s Award for Performing Arts for his life’s artistic work (Canada’s highest award in the performing arts).
He was awarded a doctorate in Fine Arts by New York’s Juilliard School and received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Toronto, Ryerson, McGill Western Ontario, Ottawa, and most recently the Guelph.
In addition, Christopher Plummer was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1986 and into the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto in 1998.
In 2016 he received the Canadian Screen Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Is Christopher Plummer Dead Or Alive?
The octogenarian, whose acting career spanned more than five decades, is still alive and strong.
Christopher Plummer Bio, awards and nominations, age, height, dead or alive
Married, Wife, Daughter
Plummer was married three times. His first marriage was with the actress Tammy Grimes, the couple was married for four years and had a common daughter (Amanda Plummer, born in 1957). According to him, he had no contact with his daughter during the early and teenage years but they now maintain a friendly relationship.
His second marriage was to Patricia Lewis from 4 May 1962 to 1967. He and his third wife, British dancer and actress Elaine Taylor, tied the knot on October 2, 1970, and are still together, they both live in Weston, Connecticut.
How Tall Is Christopher Plummer? Height
Christopher Plummer is of average height, measures 5 ft 10 or 179 cm, and weighs 84 kg or 185 lbs.