Christopher Plummer

Lowest Rated: 11% Where the Heart Is (1990)
Birthday: Dec 13, 1929
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
From his 1950 debut onward, Christopher Plummer has been regarded as one of the most brilliant Canadian actors of his generation. His portrayal of Hamlet was a major ratings coup when telecast over the CBC in the early '60s. Following his first Broadway appearance in 1954 (among his New York stage credits are JB, Royal Hunt of the Sun and The Good Doctor), efforts were made to convert Plummer into an American matinee idol, most of these attempts were resisted by Plummer himself. His first two films, Stage Struck (1957) and Wind Across the Everglades (1958), set no new box office records, although the latter, directed by Nicholas Ray, did earn strong critical notices. Plummer was shown to better advantage in such live network-TV presentations as The Prisoner of Zenda and A Doll's House.In 1965, the actor was cast as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, an assignment he despised, reportedly referring to the musical blockbuster as The Sound of Mucus. Nonetheless, and as Plummer has ruefully noted on many occasions, this one film did more to make the actor bankable in Hollywood than any previous effort. He went on to do steady, if varied, work throughout the rest of the century. Among Plummer's more notable films were The Return of the Pink Panther (1974), the British Empire extravaganza The Man W ho Would Be King (1975), 1979's Murder by Decree (in which he starred as Sherlock Holmes), Somewhere in Time (1980), the legendary 1983 miniseries The Thorn Birds, 1991's Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and 1995's Dolores Claiborne and Twelve Monkeys. In 1999, Plummer received some of the strongest notices of his career for his uncannily accurate portrayal of 60 Minutes anchor Mike Wallace in Michael Mann's The Insider. Throughout his long career, the actor has won many awards, including Tonys for the musical Cyrano and the one-man stage show Barrymore, and an Emmy for his work in the TV miniseries The Moneychangers. Genie nominated for performances in the films Ararat and Blizzard in 2002 and 2003 respectively, Plummer and his daughter Amanda were both nominated for Emmy awards for their television performances in 2005. Though the father would ultimately walk away empty-handed, the award would stay in the family when Amanda was bestowed the honor for her memorable guest appearance in an episode of Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit. With roles in such high profile theatrical releases including The New World, Inside Man, and The Lake House keeping Plummer very much in the spotlight, it was obvious that his talent and passion for acting were still as strong as ever. 2009 turned out to be one of his busiest and most successful years in a very long time. In addition to appearing in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Plummer voiced the bad guy in Pixar's mega hit Up, and portrayed the legendary author Leo Tolstoy in Michael Hoffman's The Last Station. His work in that film, opposite Helen Mirren, earned the Canadian his first Academy Award nomination, as well as nods from the Screen Actors Guild, the Golden Globes, and the Independent Spirit Awards.He followed up and improved on that awards success in 2011 with his role as a senior citizen who comes out of the closet in Beginners. That performance garnered him the Screen Actors Guild award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as an Oscar in that same category. He also scored a box-office success as the head of the feuding Vanger clan in David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.Talent seems to run in Plummer's family: he and first wife, actress Tammy Grimes, are the parents of acclaimed actress Amanda Plummer.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Cliffs of Freedom Thanasi 2019
No Score Yet Cliffs of Freedom Thanasi 2019
52% Boundaries Jack Jaconi 2018
No Score Yet Limites Jack Jaconi 2018
No Score Yet En famille Actor 2018
78% All the Money in the World J. Paul Getty $20.2M 2017
80% The Man Who Invented Christmas Ebenezer Scrooge $5.7M 2017
43% The Star King Herod $40.5M 2017
75% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) Kaiser Wilhelm II $0.8M 2017
No Score Yet Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom Dr. West 2017
71% Remember Zev $0.5M 2016
No Score Yet Howard Lovecraft & the Frozen Kingdom Actor 2016
No Score Yet Pixies The Pixie King 2015
77% Danny Collins Frank Grubman $4.3M 2015
31% Elsa & Fred Fred 2014
37% Hector And The Search For Happiness Professor Coreman 2014
No Score Yet Caesar & Cleopatra Actor 2014
No Score Yet The Metropolitan Opera: Ceasar & Cleopatra Caesar Executive Producer 2014
No Score Yet The Legend of Sarila Croolik 2013
38% Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight John Harlan II 2013
No Score Yet Titans Of The Ice Age 3D Narrator 2013
70% Barrymore Executive Producer John Barrymore 2012
No Score Yet The Tempest Starring Christopher Plummer Actor 2012
67% The Tempest Actor 2012
86% The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Henrik Vanger $102.6M 2011
85% Beginners Hal $5.8M 2011
No Score Yet Sing-a-long-a Sound Of Music Actor 2011
15% Priest Monsignor Orelas $29.2M 2011
No Score Yet The Tempest Actor 2010
90% My Dog Tulip J.R. Ackerley $0.3M 2010
71% The Last Station Leo Tolstoy $6.6M 2010
64% The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Doctor Parnassus $7.6M 2009
57% 9 #1 $31.7M 2009
98% Up Charles Muntz $293M 2009
No Score Yet Already Dead Dr. Heller 2008
No Score Yet Madeline: Meet Me in Paris Actor 2008
33% Closing the Ring Jack 2007
49% Man in the Chair Glenn 'Flash' Madden 2007
No Score Yet Autumn Hearts: A New Beginning David Winters 2007
No Score Yet Nuremberg: The Nazis Facing Their Crimes Narrator 2007
No Score Yet The Sound Of Music Sing-Along Edition Actor 2007
36% The Lake House Simon Wyler $52.4M 2006
86% Inside Man Arthur Case $88.5M 2006
73% Syriana Dean Whiting $50.9M 2005
No Score Yet Four Minutes Coach Archie Mason 2005
36% Must Love Dogs Bill $43.9M 2005
No Score Yet Our Fathers Cardinal Bernard Law 2005
62% The New World Captain Christopher Newport $12.5M 2005
16% Alexander Aristotle $34.3M 2004
45% National Treasure John Adams Gates $173M 2004
60% Blizzard Santa Claus 2003
12% Cold Creek Manor Mr. Massie 2003
37% The Gospel of John Narrator $3.9M 2003
78% Nicholas Nickleby Ralph Nickleby $1.4M 2002
55% Ararat David 2002
48% Lucky Break Graham Mortimer 2002
No Score Yet Agent of Influence Actor 2002
74% A Beautiful Mind Dr. Rosen 2001
No Score Yet Blackheart Holmes 2001
17% Dracula 2000 Van Helsing $32.7M 2000
No Score Yet Possessed Archbishop Hume 2000
No Score Yet The Dinosaur Hunter Actor 2000
No Score Yet Nuremberg David Maxwell-Fyfe 2000
No Score Yet American Tragedy Actor 2000
No Score Yet The Dinosaur Hunter Hump 2000
No Score Yet Hollywood Screen Tests Actor 2000
96% The Insider Mike Wallace 1999
No Score Yet Hidden Agenda Actor 1999
No Score Yet Madeline: Lost in Paris Actor 1999
No Score Yet Full Disclosure Actor 1999
No Score Yet The Clown at Midnight Mr. Caruthers 1999
83% Winchell Franklin D. Roosevelt 1998
No Score Yet The Conspiracy of Fear Wakeman 1998
No Score Yet Babes in Toyland Barnaby Crookedman 1997
No Score Yet The Arrow Actor 1997
No Score Yet Yanni: Tribute Narrator 1997
No Score Yet Skeletons Rev. Carlyle 1997
89% Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) Dr. Goines 1995
No Score Yet Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron Klaxon 1995
83% Dolores Claiborne Det. John Mackey 1995
60% Wolf Raymond Alden 1994
No Score Yet CrackerJack Ivan Getz 1994
88% Malcolm X Chaplain Gill 1992
No Score Yet Impolite Naples O'Rourke 1992
No Score Yet Secrets Actor 1992
20% Rock-a-Doodle Grand Duke 1992
No Score Yet The First Circle Actor 1992
No Score Yet Liar's Edge Harry 1992
81% Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country Gen. Chang 1991
No Score Yet Danielle Steel's 'Secrets' Mel Wexler 1991
33% Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Howard 1991
No Score Yet Money Martin Yahl 1991
No Score Yet Firehead Colonel Garland Vaughn 1991
No Score Yet Young Catherine Sir Charles 1991
No Score Yet Miracle Planet Actor 1990
No Score Yet Red Blooded American Girl Dr. Alcore 1990
No Score Yet A Ghost in Monte Carlo The Grand Duke 1990
No Score Yet First Emperor of China: IMAX Actor 1990
11% Where the Heart Is Homeless Gent 1990
No Score Yet Nabokov on Kafka: Understanding "The Metamorphosis" Vladimir Nabokov 1990
No Score Yet Mindfield Doctor Satorius 1989
No Score Yet The First Emperor of China Actor 1989
No Score Yet L'Homme qui plantait des arbres (The Man Who Planted Trees) Actor 1988
No Score Yet Nosferatu a Venezia (Nosferatu in Venice) (Vampire in Venice) Paris Catalano 1988
No Score Yet Gandahar (Light Years) Metamorphis 1988
No Score Yet Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind Actor 1988
No Score Yet Souvenir Ernst Kestner 1988
No Score Yet Shadow Dancing Edmund Beaumont 1988
No Score Yet A Hazard of Hearts Sir Giles Staverly 1987
No Score Yet I Love N.Y. John Robertson Yeats 1987
No Score Yet National Geographic Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Gnomes' Great Adventure Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Happy Prince Actor 1987
50% Dragnet Whirley 1987
70% An American Tail Henri 1986
No Score Yet The Boss' Wife Mr. Roalvang 1986
No Score Yet The Boy in Blue Knox 1986
No Score Yet Tin Soldier Narrator 1986
No Score Yet Ordeal by Innocence Leo Argyle 1985
No Score Yet Lily in Love Fitzroy Wynn / Roberto Terranova 1985
No Score Yet The Final Chapter? Actor 1985
77% Dreamscape Bob Blair 1984
No Score Yet Little Gloria...Happy at Last Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt 1984
No Score Yet Prototype Dr. Carl Forrester 1983
No Score Yet The Scarlet and the Black Col. Herbert Kappler 1983
No Score Yet The Amateur Professor Lakos 1982
No Score Yet Little Gloria: Happy at Last Actor 1982
No Score Yet Dial M for Murder Tony Wendice 1981
82% Eyewitness Joseph 1981
No Score Yet Being Different Narrator 1981
No Score Yet The Gnomes Actor 1980
61% Somewhere in Time William Fawcett Robinson 1980
No Score Yet The Shadow Box Brian 1980
33% Starcrash The Emperor 1979
88% Murder by Decree Sherlock Holmes 1979
57% Hanover Street Paul Sellinger 1979
No Score Yet Arthur Miller on Home Ground Actor 1979
No Score Yet Highpoint James Hatcher 1979
No Score Yet Riel Actor 1979
No Score Yet The Silent Partner Harry Reikle 1978
No Score Yet International Velvet John Seaton 1978
No Score Yet Atentat u Sarajevu Ferdinand 1978
No Score Yet The Assignment Captain Behounek 1977
No Score Yet Aces High Capt. 'Uncle' Sinclair 1976
96% The Man Who Would Be King Kipling 1975
No Score Yet Conduct Unbecoming Maj. Alastair Wimbourne 1975
89% The Return of the Pink Panther Sir Charles 1975
No Score Yet The Spiral Staircase Dr. Joe Sherman 1975
No Score Yet The Hooker Cult Murders Jim Henderson 1973
33% Waterloo Wellington 1970
63% Battle of Britain Squadron Leader Colin Harvey 1969
No Score Yet Royal Hunt of the Sun Atahualpa 1969
No Score Yet The High Commissioner Sir James Quentin 1968
40% The Night of the Generals Field Marshal Rommel 1967
No Score Yet Oedipus The King Actor 1967
No Score Yet Triple Cross Eddie Chapman/"Fritz Grauman" 1967
36% Inside Daisy Clover Raymond Swan 1966
86% The Sound of Music Capt. von Trapp 1965
100% The Fall of the Roman Empire Commodius 1964
No Score Yet Wind Across the Everglades Walt Murdock 1958
No Score Yet Stage Struck Joe Sheridan 1958

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
2013-2018
Host
  • 2018
  • 2015
  • 2013
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2011
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
John Barrymore
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2011
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Narrator Voice
  • 2006
No Score Yet Nature
1982
Narrator
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
Jonathan Lawrence
  • 1987
No Score Yet Jesus of Nazareth
1977
Herod Antipas
  • 1977

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