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Amanda Michael Plummer (born March 23, 1957 in New York, New York) is an Emmy and Tony Award-winning American actress.
Until the 2009 Academy Awards were announced, it could be said about Christopher Plummer that he was arguably the finest actor of the post-World War II period to fail to get an Oscar nod. In that, he was following in the footsteps of the late great John Barrymore, whom Plummer so memorably portrayed on Broadway in a one-man show that brought him a Tony Award.
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Christopher Plummer has long been one of the most respected actors in both theatre and film. In 2008, Alfred A. Knopf published his self-written memoir, In Spite of Myself, which became one of the most acclaimed autobiographies of recent years. He has also written for the stage, television, and the concert hall.
Raised in Montreal, Mr. Plummer began his professional career on stage and radio in both French and English. Legendary actress/director Eva Le Gallienne brought him to New York for his stage debut in 1954, and he has since starred in celebrated productions on Broadway, in Canada, and on London’s West End.
He has won two Tony Awards, for the musical Cyrano and for the play Barrymore, and been nominated seven times further (most recently for King Lear and Inherit the Wind). He has also been honored with three Drama Desk Awards and the National Arts Club Medal.
As a former leading member of the Royal National Theatre under Lord Laurence Olivier 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 Stratford 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 Strasberg. 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 The Roman Empire; Guy Hamilton’s Battle of Britain; Sergei Bondarchuk’s Waterloo; Nicholas Ray’s Wind Across the Everglades; Robert Mulligan’s Inside Daisy Clover; 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 The Silent Partner; Bob Clark’s Murder by Decree, in which he played Sherlock Holmes and for which he won the Genie Award (Canada’s Oscar equivalent) for Best Actor; Jeannot Szwarc’s Somewhere in Time, with Christopher Reeve; Nicholas Meyer’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; Spike Lee’s Malcolm X and Inside Man; Taylor Hackford’s 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 Mind; Atom Egoyan’s Ararat; Douglas McGrath’s Nicholas Nickleby; Jon Turteltaub’s National Treasure; Gary David Goldberg’s Must Love Dogs; Stephen Gaghan’s Syriana; Terrence Malick’s The New World; Michael Schroeder’s Man in the Chair, for which Mr. Plummer 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 National Society of Film Critics, Boston Society of Film Critics, and Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards for Best Supporting Actor.
The 2011 Toronto Film Festival is set to feature a film version of Barrymore, which recently starred Christopher Plummer at Toronto's Eligin Theatre. Barrymore brings Christopher Plummer's Tony Award-winning tour-de-force stage performance to the screen in this film version of the Broadway hit adapted and directed by Erik Canuel. Acknowledged as one of the greatest actors in the world, Plummer took on the mammoth task of portraying legendary actor John Barrymore as he struggles with inner demons and the result is a breathtaking performance. Playwright William Luce's Barrymore opened at the Stratford Festival in 1996 before moving to Broadway, where Plummer won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor. In an on-stage conversation following the film, Plummer will address the full span of his remarkable career.
Plummer has two Tony awards under his belt: one for his performance in BARRYMORE and the other for his lead role in CYRANO. He first played the late actor in 1996 at the Stratford Theatre Festival in Ontario. Written by William Luce, the play is set in the final year of Barrymore's life.
A snippet with Christopher Plummer on the red carpet for the much-anticipated "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." While the film had already been made in Swedish, David Fincher [The Game, The Social Network] re-imagined the first film of the Millenium trilogy starring Daniel Craig (aka James Bond) as Blomkvist, and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, a difficult task given the acclaim lauded on Noomi Rapace in the Swedish franchise.
December 14, 2011
15 December 2011 - 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' with director David Fincher and actors Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright & Stellan Skarsgard
Christopher Plummer was the first winner at this year's Golden Globe Awards, receiving the best supporting actor trophy for his work in Beginners. On stage Christopher apologized to his fellow nominees, which he also joked about when he went backstage to the press room. Here's what he had to say:
On all the nice things being said about him: "Usually no nice things are said about me at all, so it’s a great relief."
On the antigay protests outside the awards: "Gay characters are human beings. we’re all exactly the same. That's the reason I played it the way I did, not as a caricature. They're a part of our society since the Egyptians, the Greeks — it's part of the human condition. I know there is a lot of antigay sentiment in our society at the moment and I abhor it."
On apologizing to his fellow nominees: "That was humor. I always like to salute my competitors since no one is better than the other, it just happens that someone has to win. If it's me, that's wonderful, but I must congratulate all of them because they are wonderful."
On what about this role in particular affected him: "This role particularly affected me because it was such an understated human kind of creature that I hadn’t played for a long time. It's someone's actual father, the director's real father, so I was really apprehensive about it at the beginning. Michael told me to be myself which I did, which is also my father."
When Christopher Plummer accepted his supporting actor Golden Globe award Sunday for his role in writer-director Mike Mills' film “Beginners,” he modestly apologized to his fellow nominees for his win. But don’t be fooled by the 82-year-old’s humility. “That was humor,” Plummer said backstage to reporters. More seriously, though, he said: “I always like to salute my competitors … No one is better than the other. It’s just that someone has to win.”
In “Beginners,” Plummer portrays Hal, an elderly widow who comes out as gay to his son, played by Ewan McGregor. Asked about the demonstrations — both anti-gay and pro-gay — taking place just outside the Beverly Hilton, Plummer called for tolerance. “Gay [people] are human beings … I know there is an awful lot of anti-gay feeling at this moment and I abhor it,” he said.
Speaking on his role, Plummer noted: “It was such an understated, human kind of character that I haven’t played for a long time. I’ve never had such a fun time.”
Christopher Plummer: Modern Master
Written by KEY News Staff
Story Created: Jan 29, 2012 PST
Story Updated: Jan 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM PST
Santa Barbara - The red carpet was rolled out Saturday night for a modern master. Christopher Plummer was awarded the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's highest honor.
The Modern Master Award was created to honor an individual who has enriched culture through his or her accomplishments in the motion picture industry.
"It's somebody I've always wanted to honor, it's somebody I've always wanted to cherish and celebrate and this year is his year," said Roger Durling, SBIFF Executive Director.
Christopher Plummer recently won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "Beginner" and has also been nominated for an Oscar. However, he may be most well known for his role as the father in "The Sound of Music."
Christopher Plummer in the press room of the 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards after winning ‘Best Supporting Male’ for his portrayal of Hal Fields in ‘Beginners.’