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Christopher Plummer Biography

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

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

  • 2018BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2017Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2016Canadian Screen Awards-Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2012Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2012Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: winner
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2012BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2011Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2011National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2011National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2011Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2011L.A. Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2010Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated
  • 2010Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2009Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2008Genie Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2003Genie Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1999Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1999National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Voice-Over Performance: winner
  • 1993Genie Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1982Genie Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1980Genie Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1977Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series: winner
  • 1966Emmy-Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama: nominated
  • 1959Emmy-Best Single Performance by an Actor: nominated

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