CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER has long been one of the most respected actors in both
film. In 2008, Alfred A. Knopf published his self-written memoir, In Spite of
which became one of the most acclaimed autobiographies of recent years. He has
written for the stage, television, and the concert hall.
Raised in Montreal, Mr. Plummer began his professional career on stage and radio
French and English. Legendary actress/director Eva Le Gallienne brought him to
York for his stage debut in 1954, and he has since starred in celebrated
Broadway, in Canada, and on London's West End.
He has won two Tony Awards, for the musical Cyrano and for the play Barrymore,
been nominated seven times further (most recently for King Lear and Inherit the
He has also been honored with three Drama Desk Awards and the National Arts Club
As a former leading member of the Royal National Theatre under Lord Laurence
and the Royal Shakespeare Company under Sir Peter Hall, Mr. Plummer won London's
Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in Becket. Additionally, he led Canada's
Festival in its formative years under Sir Tyrone Guthrie and Michael Langham.
His first film was Sidney Lumet's Stage Struck, with Henry Fonda and Susan
His notable movies since then have included John Huston's The Man Who Would Be
King, in which he portrayed author Rudyard Kipling; Anthony Mann's The Fall of
Roman Empire; Guy Hamilton's Battle of Britain; Sergei Bondarchuk's Waterloo;
Nicholas Ray's Wind Across the Everglades; Robert Mulligan's Inside Daisy
Robert Wise's Academy Award-winning The Sound of Music, opposite Julie Andrews;
Blake Edwards' The Return of the Pink Panther, with Peter Sellers; Daryl Duke's
Silent Partner; Bob Clark's Murder by Decree, in which he played Sherlock Holmes
for which he won the Genie Award (Canada's Oscar equivalent) for Best Actor;
Szwarc's Somewhere in Time, with Christopher Reeve; Nicholas Meyer's Star Trek
The Undiscovered Country; Spike Lee's Malcolm X and Inside Man; Taylor
Dolores Claiborne; Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys and The Imaginarium of Doctor
Parnassus, in the title role; Ron Howard's Academy Award-winning A Beautiful
Atom Egoyan's Ararat; Douglas McGrath's Nicholas Nickleby; Jon Turteltaub's
Treasure; Gary David Goldberg's Must Love Dogs; Stephen Gaghan's Syriana;
Malick's The New World; Michael Schroeder's Man in the Chair, for which Mr.
was named Best Actor at the Palm Beach International Film Festival; and Michael
Mann's The Insider, as Mike Wallace. The latter portrayal earned him the
Society of Film Critics, Boston Society of Film Critics, and Los Angeles Film
Association awards for Best Supporting Actor.
His voiceover work in feature films includes three notable recent animated
Docter and Bob Peterson's Academy Award-winning Up; Shane Acker's 9, also for
Focus Features; and My Dog Tulip, as author J.R. Ackerley, whose novel was
the movie's writer/directors Paul and Sandra Fierlinger.
Mr. Plummer has won two Emmy Awards; these came for his voiceover and narration
work on the Madeline series, based on the classic children's books, and for his
performance in the miniseries The Moneychangers, directed by Boris Sagal.
Emmy nominations have included ones for Daryl Duke's classic miniseries The
Birds and Philip Saville's telefilm Hamlet at Elsinore, in the title role. His
television appearances range from a live performance of Ernest Thompson's On
Pond, opposite Julie Andrews, to Franco Zeffirelli's acclaimed miniseries Jesus
He was the first performer to receive the Jason Robards Award, in memory of his
friend. He has also been honored with the Edwin Booth Award and the Sir John
Quill Award. In 1968, sanctioned by Elizabeth II, he was invested as a Companion
Order of Canada (an honorary knighthood).
An Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at Juilliard, Mr. Plummer also received the
General's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. In 1986, he was inducted into the
Theatre's Hall of Fame and in 2000 to Canada's Walk of Fame. In 2002, he was
by the National Board of Review with the Career Achievement Award.
For his portrayal opposite Helen Mirren of novelist Leo Tolstoy in The Last
written and directed by Michael Hoffman, Mr. Plummer received Academy Award,
Golden Globe Award, Spirit Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
He stars with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in David Fincher's globally
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, due out in December 2011.
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