More Christopher Plummer Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Alexander)Christopher Plummer, who has recently completed his Tony-nominated performance as King Lear in Sir Jonathan Miller's much lauded production at Lincoln Center, has enjoyed 50 years as one of the English-speaking theatre's most distinguished actors and as a veteran of international renown in over 100 motion pictures.
It was in his hometown of Montreal that Plummer began his professional career on stage and radio in both French and English. After Eva Le Gallienne gave him his New York debut (1954) he went on to star in many celebrated, prize-winning productions on Broadway and London's West End including Elia Kazan's production of Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer winning play J.B., and the title role in Anthony Burgess' musical Cyrano for which Plummer won his first Tony. Apart from King Lear, his most recent Broadway success was as Barrymore for which he won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award, The Edwin Booth Award, the Boston Critic's Award, Chicago's Jefferson Award, and Los Angeles' Ovation Award as best actor 1997-1998. He was also a leading member of Britain's National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier, the Royal Shakespeare Company under Sir Peter Hall, and in its formative years, Canada's Stratford Festival under Sir Tyrone Guthrie and Michael Langham. He has played most of the great roles in the classic repertoire.
Plummer's eclectic career on screen began when Sidney Lumet gave him his movie debut in Stage Struck. Since then he has appeared in a host of notable films which include the Academy Award-winning The Sound of Music, The Man Who Would Be King, The Battle of Britain, Waterloo, The Silent Partner, Dragnet, Daisy Clover, Star Trek IV, Malcolm X, Dolores Claibourne, Wolf, Twelve Monkeys, Murder by Decree, Somewhere in Time, and a host of others. Plummer's latest successes are Michael Mann's Oscar-nominated The Insider, playing television journalist Mike Wallace, for which he won the Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas and the National Critic's Awards, and Ron Howard's Academy Award-winning A Beautiful Mind, as well as Etom Egoyan's Ararat. His latest films are Blizzard, Devil's Throat, Douglas McGrath's Nicholas Nickleby and National Treasure.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Alexander" (21-Nov-2004)
Biography #3 (for Ararat)Christopher Plummer began his professional career in both French and English in his hometown, Montreal. Since his New York stage debut in 1954, he went on to star in many celebrated productions on Broadway and London's West End.
He was also a leading actor at England's National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Canada's Stratford Festival. His last Broadway appearance was in the award-winning Barrymore; he has toured in Barrymore throughout North America. Plummer has written for the stage, television and the concert hall. In 1986, he was inducted into Theatre's Hall of Fame. A veteran of more than 80 motion pictures, his films include such diverse titles as the Oscar-winning The Sound of Music, The Man Who Would Be King, Waterloo, The Pink Panther, Silent Partner, Battle of Britain, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Murder by Decree, Somewhere in Time, Star Trek VI, Dragnet, Wolf, Dolores Claiborne and 12 Monkeys. Plummer's most recent successes are his portrayals of TV journalist Mike Wallace in the critically acclaimed The Insider, and of F. Lee Bailey in the NBC telefilm American Tragedy. He will next be seen in Peter Cattaneo's Lucky Break.
Apart from numerous honors from the UK, USA, Austria and Canada, Plummer has won two Tony Awards, two Emmy Awards, Britain's Evening Standard Award, Canada's Genie Award, and many nominations. He was named an Honorary Doctor of Arts by New York's Juilliard School and in 1968, sanctioned by Queen Elizabeth, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, his country's highest honor. In November, 2001, he received the prestigious Governor General's Award for his lifetime achievement in the arts.
Bio courtesy Miramax for "Ararat" (01-Jan-2000)