THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (Ebenezer Scrooge) has enjoyed almost 70 years as one
of the theater's most respected actors and is a veteran of over 100 motion
played the great novelist Tolstoy opposite Helen Mirren in The Last Station
his first Academy Award nomination. He followed this turn with an Oscar win
Supporting Actor in Beginners, from writer-director Mike Mills. Plummer won Tony
for the musical "Cyrano" and drama "Barrymore." His seven Tony nominations
title role in "King Lear" (2004) and Clarence Darrow in "Inherit the Wind"
has also won three Drama Desk Awards and the National Arts Club Medal.
Plummer's more recent features include the highly praised animated films Up, 9
My Dog Tulip, as well as the title role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,
directed by Terry
Gilliam. He co-starred in David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Atom
Remember, Michael Radford's Elsa & Fred, Dan Fogelman's Danny Collins, Philip
Forger and Peter Chelsom's Hector and the Search for Happiness.
In 2016 Plummer co-starred with Lily James, Jai Courtney and Janet McTeer in The
Exception, based on the novel The Kaiser's Last Kiss. Up next for Plummer are
co-starring Vera Farmiga, and The Last Full Measure with Sebastian Stan, Ed
Samuel L. Jackson. He is also doing voice work in the forthcoming animated
Star, from Sony Pictures Animation.
Raised in Montreal, Plummer began his professional career on stage and radio in
both French and English. After Eva Le Gallienne gave him his New York debut in
went on to star in many celebrated productions on Broadway and London's West
winning accolades on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a former leading member
of the Royal
National Theatre, under Sir Laurence Olivier, and the Royal Shakespeare Company,
Sir Peter Hall. For "Becket" Plummer won an Evening Standard Award for Best
also led Canada's Stratford Festival in its formative years under Sir Tyrone
Since Sidney Lumet introduced Plummer to the screen in Stage Struck (1958), his
range of notable films include The Man Who Would Be King, Battle of Britain,
Waterloo, The Fall
of the Roman Empire, Star Trek VI, Twelve Monkeys and the 1965 Oscar-winning
Sound of Music. More recently, he was seen in The Insider (National Film Critics
Beautiful Mind, Man in the Chair, Must Love Dogs, National Treasure, Syriana and
The actor's television appearances, which number close to 100, include the
winning BBC production "Hamlet at Elsinore," playing the title role; the
productions "The Thorn Birds," "Nuremberg," "Little Moon of Alban" and HBO's
"Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," which earned seven Emmy nominations and won
Plummer was the first performer to receive the Jason Robards Award, in memory of
his great friend. He also won the Edwin Booth Award and the Sir John Gielgud
Award. In 1968, sanctioned by Elizabeth II, Plummer was the recipient of the
of the Order of Canada (an honorary knighthood). An Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts
Juilliard, he also received the Governor General's Lifetime Achievement Award in
1986 he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and in 2000 he was honored on
Canada's Walk of Fame. In 2012 Plummer returned to the Stratford Festival to
Word or Two," the one-man show he created.
Plummer's best-selling memoir, In Spite of Myself (Knopf), has been much lauded
and the public alike.
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