Fast Facts

  • Is the great-grandson of former Canadian prime minister Sir John Abbott.
  • Considered a career as a concert pianist before turning to acting.
  • In 1954, made his Broadway debut in Star Cross Story.
  • In the final cut of The Sound of Music (1965), the singing vocals he recorded were dubbed by another singer.
  • Was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honor, by Queen Elizabeth II in 1968.
  • The American Theater Critics Association inducted him into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1986.
  • Portrayed actor John Barrymore in the one-person play Barrymore at the Stratford Theatre Festival in Ontario, Canada, in 1996. He won a Tony for the performance on Broadway in 1997, and then reprised the role in 2011, first in Toronto and then on a North American tour.
  • Reunited with Julie Andrews, his costar in The Sound of Music, for CBS's live presentation of On Golden Pond in 2001. 
  • Is the author of In Spite of Myself: A Memoir (2008).
  • Appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show with his Sound of Music castmates in an October 2010 episode devoted to the film.
  • Calls theater his favorite venue for acting.

Awards

  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Voice-Over Performance: Winner
  • 1959, Emmy — Best Single Performance by an Actor: Nominee
  • 1983, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1997, Tony — Actor (Play): Winner
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1982, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 1994, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 1966, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama: Nominee
  • 2007, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series: Winner
  • 1974, Tony — Actor (Musical): Winner
  • 2004, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1993, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Voice-Over Performance: Nominee
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2009, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2008, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2003, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1980, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2012, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Winner
  • 2011, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2017, Canadian Screen Awards — Lifetime Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1982, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2012, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
  • 2016, Canadian Screen Awards — Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2010, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 1959, Tony — Actor (Dramatic): Nominee

Relationships

  • Amanda Plummer — Daughter
  • Isabella Mary Plummer — Mother
  • Patricia Audrey Lewis — Ex-wife
  • Tammy Grimes — Ex-wife
  • Elaine Taylor — Wife
  • John Plummer — Father

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Details

  • Birth Name: Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer
  • Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Profession: Actor, Director

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