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Christopher Plummer

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Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer

December 13, 1929(1929-12-13)
DiedFebruary 5, 2021(2021-02-05) (aged 91)
Alma materMcGill University
Years active1953–present
Home townSenneville, Quebec, Canada
ChildrenAmanda Plummer
RelativesJohn Abbott
John Bethune
F. B. Fetherstonhaugh

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer CC (December 13, 1929 – February 5, 2021) was a Canadian stage, voice, television and movie actor.

His first role was in the 1958 movie Stage Struck. He was known for his roles in The Sound of Music, The Night of the Generals, The Return of the Pink Panther and The Man Who Would be King. Plummer won an Academy Award for his performance in Beginners.[1][2]

For his performance in All the Money in the World, Plummer was nominated for the award for Best Supporting Actor, becoming the oldest person to be nominated for the Academy Award.

Early life

Plummer in 1959

Plummer was born in Toronto. His parents were Isabella Mary (née Abbott) and John Orme Plummer.[3] Plummer's great grandfather is Canadian prime minister John Abbott.[4] He was the grandson of John Bethune. Plummer studied at the Canadian Repertory Theatre.


Plummer started acting in 1953. He played Captain von Trapp in the 1965 movie The Sound of Music.

Plummer played Mike Wallace in the movie The Insider. He played Charles Muntz in Up. He played 1 in 9. He played Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station. He played Doctor Parnassus in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. He played Henrik Vanger in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He played Hal in Beginners. His role as Hal led his to his Academy Award win.

In 2017, Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey and played J. Paul Getty in the movie All the Money in the World.


Plummer won many awards for his roles. They included an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a Drama Desk Award, a SAG Award, and a BAFTA Award. With his win of an Academy Award for his role as Hal in Beginners, Plummer was the oldest actor to win an Academy Award.[5]

Plummer was both the oldest actor to win an Oscar, aged 82, and to be nominated, aged 88.[6]

Plummer died on February 5, 2021, in his home in Weston, Connecticut, at the age of 91, after suffering a fall.[7]

Personal life

Plummer married Tammy Grimes from 1956 to 1960. They had a daughter, Amanda. He was married to Patricia Lewis from 1962 to 1967. He married Elaine Taylor in 1970.


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