Since Sidney Lumet introduced him to the screen in Stage Struck (1958), his range of notable films include The Man Who Would Be King, Battle of Britain, Waterloo, Fall of the Roman Empire, Star Trek VI, Twelve Monkeys and the 1965 Oscar-winning The Sound of Music. More recently, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated The Insider (as Mike Wallace, he won the National Film Critics Award), the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind, Man in the Chair, Must Love Dogs, National Treasure, Syriana, and Inside Man. His TV appearances, which number close to 100, include the BBC's Emmy-winning Hamlet at Elsinore playing the title role; the Emmy-winning productions The Thornbirds, Nuremberg, and Little Moon of Alban; and many others. He has himself won two Emmys plus six Emmy nominations. Plummer has also written for the stage, television and concert hall.
Apart from honors in the UK, USA, Austria and Canada, he was the first performer to receive the Jason Robards Award in memory of his great friend, the Edwin Booth Award and the Sir John Gielgud Quill Award. In 1968, sanctioned by Elizabeth II, he was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada (an honorary knighthood). An Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at Juilliard, he also received the Governor General's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. In 1986 he was inducted into the Theatre's Hall of Fame, and in 2000, Canada's Walk of Fame. His recent self-written memoir, In Spite of Myself (Afred A. Knopf Publishers) is being much lauded by critics and public alike.
Upcoming projects include 9, and My Dog Tulip, both animated film projects; the title role of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, directed by Terry Gilliam; and The Last Station, in which he plays the great novelist Tolstoy opposite Helen Mirren, written and directed by Michael Hoffman.
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Christopher Plummer Facts
|Birth Name||Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer|
|Birthday||December 13, 1927 (89)|
|Birthplace||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|The Sound of Music|
|Sound of Music 50th Anniversary|
|A Beautiful Mind|
|Jesus of Nazareth|