Christopher Plummer Biography

Christopher Plummer

Quick Facts About Christopher Plummer

Celebrated Name Christopher Plummer
Age 91 Years
Nick Name Plummer
Birth Name Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer
Birth Date 1929-12-13
Gender Male
Profession Actor
Nationality Canadian
Birth Nation Canada
Place Of Birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ethnicity Mixed
Race White
Religion Christianity
Father John Orme Plummer
Mother Isabella Mary
Famous For Being a Canadian actor.
Best Known For For his role as Mr. Darcy in his high school production of "Pride and Prejudice".
University McGill University
Marital Status Married
Spouse Tammy Grimes ​ ​(m. 1956; div. 1960)​ Patricia Lewis ​ ​(m. 1962; div. 1967)​ Elaine Taylor ​(m. 1970)
Children 1
Sexual Orientation Straight
Source of Wealth Acting career
Net Worth $20 million
Height 5ft 10.5 in or 179 cm
Weight 84 kg or 185 lbs
Body Type Average
Body Measurement 32-26-32 inches

Canadian actor, Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer famed as Christopher Plummer was famous for his role including Commodus in The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), 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). What's more, he even appeared in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992), Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind (2001), Terrence Malick's The New World (2005), David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Rian Johnson's Knives Out (2019), and Todd Robinson's The Last Full Measure (2019). During his career span, he achieved many awards including Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a British Academy Film Award. For the 2010 movie "Beginners", he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the age of 82. He won great acclaim for his performance as Captain Georg von Trapp in the musical film "The Sound of Music" (1965) alongside Julie Andrews. His career spanned seven decades. At the age of 91, Christopher Plummer left this world on 5th February 2021. 

Sound of Music Star, Christopher Plummer Dies At 91

Veteran and respected Canadian actor, Christopher Plummer had a career stretching back to the 1950s, but won his Oscar for best-supporting actor for Beginners in 2011; died at the age of 91. He became the oldest person to win an Oscar. His family confirmed the news, saying he died peacefully at home in Connecticut with his wife of 53 years, Elaine Taylor, by his side. Chris Evans, who starred with him in Knives Out, wrote: "This is truly heartbreaking. What an unbelievable loss. Few careers have such longevity and impact."

What was the Death Cause of Christopher Plummer?

Sadly, Christopher Plummer left this world at the age of 91 on 5th February 2021 in Weston, Connecticut, the USA after suffering complications from a fall. His family released a statement announcing that Plummer had "died peacefully at his home in Connecticut with his wife Elaine Taylor at his side." Following the announcement of his death, his The Sound of Music costar Julie Andrews paid tribute to Plummer, stating "The world has lost a consummate actor today and I have lost a cherished friend. I treasure the memories of our work together and all the humor and fun we shared through the years." Others who paid tribute to Plummer included Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Katherine Langford, Rian Johnson, Chris Evans, and Don Johnson (who all collaborated with him on Knives Out), as well as William Shatner, Anne Hathaway, Elijah Wood, Vera Farmiga, Ed Asner, Ridley Scott, Simon Pegg, Antonio Banderas, Leonard Maltin, Daniel Dae Kim, George Takei, Russell Crowe, Bruce Greenwood, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Likewise, Lou Pitt, his longtime friend, and manager of 46 years said; "Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self-deprecating humor and the music of words. He was a national treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come. He will forever be with us."

Christopher Plummer Dies At 91

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Famous For

  • Being a Canadian actor.
  • For achieving Academy Award, Primetime Emmy Awards, Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a British Academy Film Award. 
  • For his role as Mr. Darcy in his high school production of "Pride and Prejudice" as well as for his role in Rian Johnson's ensemble mystery film "Knives Out" as Harlan Thrombey. 

What was the Birthplace of Christopher Plummer?

Christopher Plummer was born on 13th December 1929 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (birthplace) with the birth name of Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer. His hometown was in Senneville, Quebec, outside Montreal where he was raised. He held Canadian nationality and his ethnic background was mixed of English, Scottish, and Northern Irish. By religion, he was Christian and his Zodiac sign was Sagittarius. His race was white. About his family members; he was born to his parents; John Orme Plummer (father) and Isabella Mary (mother). He is the only child of his parents. Thus, he has no siblings. Her mother, Isabella was the granddaughter of Canadian Prime Minister Sir John Abbott. Regarding his parent's occupation; his father used to sold stocks and securities, whereas his mother used to work as secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University. His parents divorced shortly after his birth. He lastly celebrated his 91st birthday on the 13th December of 2020. He held Sagittarius horoscope as per his birthdate. Concerning his educational background, he attended Montreal High School. He never attended university, something he regretted all his life. Although his mother and his father's family had ties with McGill University, he was never a McGill student. 

How was the Career of Christopher Plummer?

  • Gaining the attention of Montreal Gazette's theatre critic Herbert Whittaker, Christopher Plummer firstly cast at age 18 as Oedipus in Jean Cocteau's "La Machine infernale".
  • Then, he was hired by Edward Everett Horton to appear as Gerard in the 1953 roadshow production of André Roussin's "Nina" in the year 1951. 
  • He then made his Canadian TV debut in February 1953 in the production of "Othello", starring Lorne Greene as the Moor. Whereas his American TV debut was in 1953 on a Studio One episode entitled "The Gathering Night". 
  • After that, he made his role in 1950s dramatic TV shows such as The Alcoa Hour, General Electric Theater, Kraft Television Theatre, and Omnibus and others. 
  • He also appeared in "A Thief There Was" of CBS's anthology series Appointment with Adventure in the year 1956. 
  • He made his Broadway debut in January 1953 in "The Starcross Story" and his next Broadway appearance, "Home is the Hero".
  • Also, he appeared in "The Dark Is Light Enough" and his later broadway hit is "The Lark", "Night of the Auk", "Medea", "Julius Caesar", "Henry V" and more. 
  • Also, he played the title role in Hamlet and Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night at Stratford in the year 1957. He then played Leontes in The Winter's Tale, Bardolph in Henry IV, Part 1, and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing in the year 1958. 
  • He then started his film career in the year 1958 in the movie "Stage Struck", and "Wind Across the Everglades".
  • Then, he appeared in the TV drama "Little Moon of Alban" and then appeared with Harris in the 1958 television adaptation of "Johnny Belinda" and played Torvald Helmer to Harris' Nora in a 1959 television version of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House".
  • After then, he starred in the TV adaptations of Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story (1959),[30] George Bernard Shaw's Captain Brassbound's Conversion (1960), Jean Anouilh's Time Remembered (playing the role of Prince Albert originated by Richard Burton on Broadway), and Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac (1962). 
  • He later played Philip the Bastard in King John and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet in the year 1960 and then played the title roles in both Cyrano de Bergerac and Macbeth in 1962. 
  • Back in 1961, he appeared as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and also appeared with the RSC in May 1961 in the lead role of Richard III.
  • He was also the subject of a short National Film Board of Canada documentary, 30 Minutes, Mister Plummer in the year 1963 and played the Roman emperor Commodus in Anthony Mann's epic The Fall of the Roman Empire in 1964. Also, he appeared in a four-hundred centenary television production "Hamlet at Elsinore" in 1964. 
  • He then appeared in the 1965 film "The Sound of Music" and then "Gone with the Wind". He was next seen in Inside Daisy Clover (1965), Triple Cross (1966), The Night of the Generals (1967), Doctor Dolittle. 
  • He next had the title role in Oedipus the King (1968) and The High Commissioner (1968). 
  • He appeared in the title role in a 1963 production of Bertolt Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. He then plays the Inca Emperor Atahualpa to Robert Shaw's Pizarro in "The Royal Hunt of the Sun" in 1969. 
  • After that, he appeared in "Amphitryon 38", "Tyger", "The Rules of the Game", "Long Day's Journey into Night". 
  • In 1974, he appeared in "After the Fall", and also portrayed the Duke of Wellington in "Waterloo" back in 1970. 
  • His debut Canadian film was "The Pyx" in the year 1973. Then, he was seen in the 1975 film The Man Who Would Be King as Rudyard Kipling. 
  • What's more, he appeared in the comedy "The Return of the Pink Panther" (1975), alongside Peter Sellers and "The Silent Partner" (1978) opposite Elliott Gould. 
  • In the year 1976, he was seen in "Aces High" and after a couple of years, he appeared in "Internationational Velvet". He also played in Murder by Decree (1979). 
  • He appeared as Herod Antipas in the television miniseries Jesus of Nazareth (1977). 
  • During his 1980s, he appeared on Broadway in two Shakespearean tragedies, Othello, the title role in Macbeth, and also appeared as Gregory Peck's character's enemy in the true based made for television movie "The Scarlet and the Black" in 1983. In the same year of 1983, he was seen in the TV series "The Thorn Birds". He was also seen in Somewhere in Time (1980), the drama Eyewitness (1981), the comedy Dragnet (1987), and Shadow Dancing (1988).
  • In the 1990s, he narrated the animated television series Madeline, as well as the animated television series The World of David the Gnome from the year 1993 to 1995. In 1991, he continued his acting in films which included; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Malcolm X, Wolf, Dolores Claiborne, 12 Monkeys, The Insider. 
  • He then starred as Sir David Maxwell Fyfes in the 2000 film "Nuremberg" and "The Moneychangers". He also co-starred in American Tragedy and then appeared in Four Minute Mile, Miracle Planet also in The Scarlet and the Black. 
  • He next reprised his role from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in the video game Star Trek: Klingon Academy and also gave his voice in the role of Angeir in "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim". 
  • He appeared in "King Lear" in the year 2002, "Inherit the Wind" in the year 2007, "Caeser and Cleopatra" in the year 2008, "A Beautiful Mind" in the year 2001, "Inside Man" in the year 2006, "Alexander", "National Treasure" in the year 2004, "Syriana" in the year 2005, "Must Love Dogs" in the year 2005, "The New World" in the year 2005, "The Lake House" in the year 2006, "Up" in the year 2009 (voice), "9" in the year 2009 (voice) and "The Last Station" in the year 2009. 
  • During his 2010s, he appeared in the feature-length documentary "The Captains" (2011), "Star Trek VI", "Henry V", "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", "Beginners" (2011), "The Tempest" (2012), "Remember" (2015). 
  • In November 2017, he played in "Get All the Money in the World". In the year 2019, he appeared in "Departure" at the age of 89. 
  • Lastly, he was seen as Harlan Thrombey in Rian Johnson's ensemble mystery film "Knives Out" alongside Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, and Chris Evans.
  • His memoir, "In Spite of Myself", was published by Alfred A. Knopf in November 2008.

Awards and Achievements of Christopher Plummer 

  • Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor; 2012 - Beginners
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture; 2012 - Beginners
  • Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor; 2012 - Beginners
  • BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role; 2012 - Beginners
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor; 2000 - The Insider
  • Grammy Hall of Fame; 1998 - The Sound of Music
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role; 2012 - Beginners
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie; 1977 - The Big Event
  • Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play; 1997 - Barrymore
  • Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical; 1974 - Cyrano
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance; 1994 - Madeline
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male; 2012 - Beginners
  • Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance; 2011 - Beginners
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play; 1997, 1982 - Barrymore, Othello
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance; 1973 - Cyrano
  • Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play; 1997, 1973 - Barrymore, Play
  • Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble); 2013 - The Tempest
  • Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role; 1980 - Murder by Decree
  • Canadian Screen Awards - Lifetime Achievement Award; 2017

Christopher Plummer with Oscar Award

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Who was Christopher Plummer married to?

Christopher Plummer was a married man. Firstly, he married actress Tammy Grimes in the year 1956. The couple was also blessed with a beautiful daughter named Amanda Plummer who is an actress by profession. Amanda was born in the year 1957. After four years of their marriage, the duo split. Christopher then married journalist Patricia Lewis from 4th May 1962, until their divorce in 1967. Then, he married for the third time his beautiful wife, Elaine Taylor on 2nd October 1970 after three years of his divorce. By profession, Elaine is an actress. The duo lived together in Weston, Connecticut. His sexual orientation was straight and he was not gay. About his kids; he only had a daughter, Amanda from his first marriage with Tammy Grimes. 

Christopher Plummer with his third wife, Elaine Taylor

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How much is Christopher Plummer Net Worth?

Christopher Plummer was a very talented and successful actor who made a huge amount of money during his career life span. He devoted a major part of his time to the acting field. During his lifetime, he had appeared in many movies and TV shows. At the time of his death, his net worth was estimated to have $20 million as per sources whereas his exact salary is still to get disclosed yet as he has not mentioned anything about his career earnings in the media. He also earned a cool amount of money from endorsement. He even appeared in a TV commercial for Polaroid SX-70 Sonar camera in 1980. In the year 1968, he was invested as Companion of the Order of Canada, at the time among Canada's highest civilian honors. Prior to his death, he was living a luxurious lifestyle from the money he made during his career. 

How tall was Christopher Plummer?

Christopher Plummer was a very cool and good-looking man with a charismatic character. His perfect height measured at 5 ft 10.5 in or 179 cm and his average body weight consisted of 84 kg or 185 lbs. His body measurement was 32-26-32 inches. He had a pair of blue eyes color and his hair color was white. His distinctive features included; a deep voice, balding hairline, and a prominent nose. 

Did You Know?

  • Sound of Music Star, Veteran, and respected Canadian actor, Christopher Plummer had a career stretching back to the 1950s but won his Oscar for best supporting actor for Beginners in 2011
  • He was also well-recognized for his role as Mr. Darcy in his high school production of "Pride and Prejudice" as well as for his role in Rian Johnson's ensemble mystery film "Knives Out" as Harlan Thrombey.
  • Her mother, Isabella was the granddaughter of Canadian Prime Minister Sir John Abbott.
  • He never attended university, something he regretted all his life. Although his mother and his father's family had ties with McGill University, he was never a McGill student.
  • He appeared in a TV commercial for Polaroid SX-70 Sonar camera in 1980.