Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer

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Born
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer

(1929-12-13) December 13, 1929 (age 89)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
ResidenceWeston, Connecticut, U.S.[1]
NationalityCanadian
Alma materMcGill University
OccupationActor
Years active1953–present
Home townSenneville, Quebec, Canada
Spouse(s)
ChildrenAmanda Plummer
RelativesJohn Abbott
(great-grandfather)
John Bethune
(great-great-grandfather)
F. B. Fetherstonhaugh
(granduncle)
Awards

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer CC (born December 13, 1929) is a Canadian actor, whose career has spanned six decades, beginning with his film debut in Stage Struck (1958).

He is known for portraying Captain Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music (1965),[2] and has portrayed numerous major historical figures, including Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington in Waterloo (1970), Rudyard Kipling in The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Mike Wallace in The Insider (1999), Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station (2009), Kaiser Wilhelm II in The Exception (2016), and J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World (2017).

Plummer has received various accolades for his work, including an Academy Award, a Genie Award, two Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a British Academy Film Award; he is one of the few performers to receive the Triple Crown of Acting. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the age of 82 for Beginners (2010), and he received a nomination at the age of 88 for All the Money in the World, making him the oldest person to be nominated in an acting category.

Early life

Plummer was born on December 13, 1929 in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (née Abbott), an artist who was secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold stocks and securities.[3] His great-grandfather on his mother's side was Canadian Prime Minister Sir John Abbott.[4][5] His father's uncle was patent lawyer and agent F. B. Fetherstonhaugh.[3] Plummer is a second cousin of British actor Nigel Bruce, known as Doctor Watson to Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes.[5] His parents divorced shortly after his birth, and he was brought up in the Abbott family home in Senneville, Quebec outside of Montreal. He speaks both English and French fluently.[6][7]

Plummer began studying to be a concert pianist, but he developed a love for theatre at an early age, and he began acting while he was attending the High School of Montreal.[8][9] He attended McGill where he also took up acting, after watching Laurence Olivier's film Henry V (1944).[10] In 1946, he caught the attention of Montreal Gazette's theatre critic Herbert Whittaker with his performance as Mr. Darcy in the Montreal High School production of Pride and Prejudice. Whittaker was also amateur stage director of the Montreal Repertory theatre, and he cast Plummer at age 18 as Oedipus in Jean Cocteau's La Machine infernale.[11][12][13]

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