Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer
He was born on December 13, 1929.
He died at the age of 91 on February 5, 2021, in Weston, Connecticut, after suffering complications from a fall.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Weston, Connecticut, United States
Christopher Plummer went to the Montreal High School. After that, he got enrolled at the McGill University in Montreal.
- Father – John Orme Plummer (Sold securities and Stocks)
- Mother – Isabella Mary (Secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University)
- Siblings – He is the only child.
- Others – Frank Plummer (Paternal Grandfather), Frances Fetherstonhaugh (Paternal Grandmother), Arthur Edward Abbott (Maternal Grandfather), Marianne Jane Campbell (Maternal Grandmother), John Bethune (Great-Great-Grandfather) (McGill president and Clergyman), Nigel Bruce (Second Cousin) (Actor), Sir Michael Bruce (Second Cousin) (Journalist and Baronet)
Christopher Plummer was represented by London based Markham, Froggatt & Irwin.
5 ft 10.5 in or 179 cm
84 kg or 185 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Christopher Plummer had dated –
- Tammy Grimes (1956-1960) – Plummer got married to actress Tammy Grimes in August 1956. In 1957, she gave birth to their daughter Amanda, who later became an actress. Plummer and Grimes decided to end their relationship in 1959 and they eventually got divorced in 1960. After their divorce, his connection with Amanda was fairly limited.
- Piper Laurie (1959) – Following the collapse of his marriage, Christopher found solace in a short affair with actress Piper Laurie. They had met at a Christmas party thrown by their mutual acquaintance. Their affair lasted for about a month or so.
- Patricia Lewis (1962-1967) – Christopher Plummer got married to journalist Patricia Lewis in May 1962. Their romance had started sometime after his first divorce. During the early phase of their whirlwind romance, they were spotted together at some of the finest restaurants in London. Overall, his second marriage lasted about 5 years as he pulled curtains on their relationship in 1967.
- Elaine Taylor (1968-2021) – According to reports, Plummer started dating British actress Elaine Taylor in 1968. After dating for about two years, they got married in October 1970. After their marriage, they moved to a converted farmhouse in Connecticut. They spent the majority of their married years at the farmhouse and only moved out in 2015 when he sold it for around 11 million. They stayed together until Plummer’s death.
Race / Ethnicity
He had English, Scottish, and Northern Irish ancestry. He also had traces of French-Canadian and Swiss-French ancestry.
- Deep voice
- Balding hairline
- Prominent nose
Christopher Plummer appeared in a TV commercial for Polaroid SX-70 Sonar camera in 1980.
Best Known For
- Being cast in the role of Captain von Trapp in the musical drama flick, The Sound of Music.
- Having portrayed legendary writer Rudyard Kipling in the drama movie, The Man Who Would Be King, which had heavyweights such as Sean Connery and Michael Caine in the leading roles.
- Having played the role of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington in the period war movie, Waterloo.
In 1958, Christopher Plummer made his theatrical film debut in the drama movie, Stage Struck.
First TV Show
In 1953, he made his first TV show appearance in Dark Victory episode of TV anthology series, Broadway Television Theatre.
Christopher Plummer Facts
- When he won an Academy Award in the supporting role category in 2012 for his work in Beginners, he became the first actor to win the prestigious award at the grand age of 82.
- Early in his life, he was taking classes to become a concert pianist. But fell in love with the theatre and decided to pursue an acting career.
- Plummer caught his first big breakthrough after his performance as Mr. Darcy in the high school production of Pride and Prejudice was noticed by noted theatre critic Herbert Whittaker. He cast Plummer in a play performed at Montreal Repertory Theatre.
- Although he achieved huge fame for his work in The Sound of Music, he simply hated his role and the movie itself. He had refused to call the movie by the name and instead referred to it as ‘that movie’ and sometimes ‘The Sound of Mucus.’
- He held the distinction of being the first winner of the Genie Awards, which was given out to the best of the Canadian cinema by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
- In 1968, he was honored with Companion of the Order of Canada, which is considered amongst the highest civilian awards given out by the Canadian government.
- He was offered the role of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings fantasy movie series. However, he decided to turn it down and has regretted his decision ever since.
- Plummer was one of the few actors to have won Triple Crown of Acting, which includes Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award.
- For his performance in the romantic comedy movie Beginners, he managed to win a Golden Globe, BAFTA, Academy Award, SAG Award, and Critics’ Choice Award. Thus becoming one of the few actors to have won such accolades for a single role.
- He had been awarded honorary doctorates by several universities including his alma mater McGill University and the iconic New York’s Juilliard School.
- In 1998, he was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto. He found a place in the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1986.
- In November 2008, he partnered with Alfred A. Knopf to publish his autobiography, In Spite of Myself.
- Plummer is the honorary patron of the Theatre Museum Canada. The theatre was founded by Herbert Whittaker, who had first noticed teenage Plummer in the high school play.
- When he wanted to relax, he loved to play the piano. In his free time, he also liked to indulge in a game of tennis.
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