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Christopher Plummer

Lowest Rated:   11% Where the Heart Is (1990)
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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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet All the Money in the World
  • Jean Paul Getty
2017
80% The Man Who Invented Christmas
  • Ebenezer Scrooge
2017
43% The Star
  • King Herod
$9.9M 2017
No Score Yet A estrela de Belém
  • King Herod
2017
76% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss)
  • Kaiser Wilhelm II
$0.8M 2017
No Score Yet Boundaries
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom
  • Dr. West
2017
73% 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
38% Hector And The Search For Happiness
  • Professor Coreman
2014
No Score Yet Caesar & Cleopatra
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The Metropolitan Opera: Ceasar & Cleopatra
  • Executive Producer
  • Caesar
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
71% 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
84% Beginners
  • Hal
$5.8M 2011
No Score Yet Sing-a-long-a Sound Of Music
  • Actor
2011
15% Priest
  • Monsignor Orelas
$29.1M 2011
No Score Yet The Tempest
  • Actor
2010
90% My Dog Tulip
  • J.R. Ackerley
$0.3M 2010
70% The Last Station
  • Leo Tolstoy
$6.5M 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
31% 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
35% The Lake House
  • Simon Wyler
$52.4M 2006
87% Inside Man
  • Arthur Case
$88.5M 2006
73% Syriana
  • Dean Whiting
$50.9M 2005
No Score Yet Four Minutes
  • Coach Archie Mason
2005
35% 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
44% 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
75% 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 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
88% Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys)
  • Dr. Goines
1995
No Score Yet Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron
  • Klaxon
1995
83% Dolores Claiborne
  • Det. John Mackey
1995
62% Wolf
  • Raymond Alden
1994
No Score Yet CrackerJack
  • Ivan Getz
1994
91% Malcolm X
  • Chaplain Gill
1992
No Score Yet Impolite
  • Naples O'Rourke
1992
No Score Yet Secrets
  • Actor
1992
23% Rock-a-Doodle
  • Grand Duke
1992
No Score Yet The First Circle
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Liar's Edge
  • Harry
1992
84% 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
47% Dragnet
  • Whirley
1987
69% 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
90% Eyewitness
  • Joseph
1981
No Score Yet Being Different
  • Narrator
1981
No Score Yet The Gnomes
  • Actor
1980
59% 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
No Score Yet Arthur Miller on Home Ground
  • Actor
1979
57% Hanover Street
  • Paul Sellinger
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 Jesus of Nazareth
  • Herod Antipas
1977
No Score Yet Aces High
  • Capt. 'Uncle' Sinclair
1976
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
96% The Man Who Would Be King
  • Kipling
1975
No Score Yet The Hooker Cult Murders
  • Jim Henderson
1973
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
2013-2015
  • Host
  • 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
  • Appearing
  • 2011
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2006
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Narrator
  • 2003

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