At the ripe age of 82, celebrity speaker Christopher Plummer has won his first SAG award for “Best Supporting Actor” for his role in “Beginners,” and The Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor” for the same role making him the oldest actor to ever win an Academy Award. However, Christopher Plummer has spent the majority of his 60-year acting career with very little recognition and applaud.
This Canadian actor born in Toronto, Ontario on December 13, 1929, didn’t become widely known until the mid-60s after his role as Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Plummer first began his acting career with Shakespearean theatre, where he seemed to feel most comfortable. He appeared in Canada’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and later came to New York to continue his Shakespearean acting.
He has yet to land a lead role in his film-acting career, yet his supporting actor roles have become more prominent and distinguished. He was cast in Stage Struck in 1958, which really began his career in film. He then landed roles in Oedipus the King, The Man Who Would Be King, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Return of the Pink Panther, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Malcolm X, 12 Monkeys, The Lake House, International Velvet, Sound of Music, and many more. He most recently appears in 2015’s Danny Collins, a comedy-drama film alongside Al Pacino.
He has done some voice work, such as his role of Henri the pigeon in An American Tail, along with the character of Charles Muntz in Up, the elder leader 1 in the Tim Burton-produced film 9, and the evil Grand Duke of Owls in Rock-a-Doodle.
As for television, Plummer has made appearances in almost 100 different television series, and has won two Emmy’s in this area. However, he is more widely recognized in Canada and the UK, where he was the recipient of the first Genie Award in 1980, and has won two Tony Awards, with seven nominations. In 2015, Christopher was awarded the Sam Wanamaker Award, given to those whose work increases the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare.
Plummer has been married three times—the first time being to a Tony Award-winning actress Tammy Grimes in 1956. Together, they had a daughter, Amanda Plummer, who has been involved with acting as well. After Plummer and Grimes’ 4-year long marriage ended, he remarried to a journalist named Patricia Lewis in 1962, which lasted 5 years. He is now currently married to a British dancer and actress, Elaine Regina Taylor. They have been happily married since 1970 and currently reside in a 100-year-old converted farmhouse in Connecticut. Christopher Plummer is available for speaking engagements, endorsements and personal appearances.
SHOWS: Counterstrike, The Thorn Bird
APPEARANCES: Live with Kelly, The Crosby Show, The Michael Douglas Show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show
TO WORK WITH CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER: Actor and celebrity speaker Christopher Plummer can be hired for endorsements and events in roles such as public speaker, autograph signing, hosting, and public relation campaigns.