Birth Date: December 13, 1929
Birth Place: Toronto, Canada
Notable Films: Up, A Beautiful Mind, The Sound of Music, Beginners, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Awards: Academy Award (Best Actor in a Supporting Role | Beginners)
Christopher Plummer Biography:
Born in Toronto, Canada, Christopher Plummer is the only child of John and Isabella Plummer. His great grandfather was the third Prime Minister of Canada, and Plummer grew up in Quebec. At a young age, he actually studied to be a concert pianist, but fell in love with the theater and decided to become an actor. While attending Montreal High School, he started to act in stage plays. Following a 1946 school production of Pride and Prejudice, Plummer was seen by a theater director who cast him in a play.
Continuing with stage work, Plummer made his Broadway debut in 1953. He had a hugely successful run in the theater before his film debut in 1958. After years of treading the board, Sidney Lumet cast him in Stage Struck (1958). He followed this up with a role in Wind Across the Everglades (1958). Plummer then took a break from film, before returning with The Sound of Music (1965). He then had other roles in films including The Night of the Generals (1967), The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), and Dragnet (1987).
He continued in theater, with a Tony Award for the play Barrymore in 1997. After many years of stellar performances and critical acclaim, Plummer finally received an Academy Award for his performance in the film Beginners (2011). At the age of 82, Plummer became the oldest ever recipient of an Oscar.