Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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Currently Known For:
The Sound of Music, Waterloo, The Last Station
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For around 60 years now, Christopher Plummer has been dazzling audiences with performances that have varied greatly. From famous musicals to crime thrillers, Plummer has seen just about every genre in his illustrious career. Not only that, but the now 89 year old recently set a record at the Academy Awards. As he nears 90, Plummer doesn’t have plans on retiring just yet, with several movies coming out soon that begin his eighth decade as a professional screen actor.
Plummer hails from Canada, where he was born in Toronto on December 13, 1929 to parents that had been quite well-off. There had been actors in other parts of his family, and Plummer had originally wanted to have a career in music, excelling at the piano. However, at a young age, Plummer turned his attention to acting on stage with his first performances coming ni school productions. Once he was finished with high school, Plummer pursued his passion to the point where he was landing roles in some of the top theaters in Canada’s largest city.
Plummer quickly rose up the ranks of stage actors in Canada, which allowed him to make the move to New York City where the world famous Broadway is located. At just 23 years old, Plummer starred on Broadway for the first time and spent much of the decade there. During that early era of television, many Broadway plays were filmed and shown on television, which allowed Plummer to be exposed to larger audiences. After spending several years of being featured this way, Plummer was ready to start as a non-live character actor.
The first big screen roles for Plummer came in 1958 when he appeared in both “Stage Struck” and “Wind Across the Everglades”. Over the course of the next few years, though, he focused mainly on television films with more than a half dozen in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In fact, it was for much of his career that Plummer’s only TV appearances came through those movies developed for the small screen. He returned to feature films in 1964 with “The Fall of the Roman Empire”.
In 1965, Plummer had what many consider to be his most famous role when he was cast as Captain Georg von Trapp in the musical “The Sound of Music”. No matter your age, there’s a good chance that you know the film, as it remains a Hollywood classic. On a budget of just over $8 million, “The Sound of Music” was one of the biggest financial successes of all-time with nearly $300 million made at the box office.
Despite its popularity, “The Sound of Music” was something that Plummer grew to dislike in subsequent years. “It did (drive me crazy) for a long time, but I’ve made my peace with it,” he said. “It annoyed the hell out of me at first. I thought, ‘Don’t these people ever see another movie? Is this the only one they’ve ever seen?’ It doesn’t even have to be my movie, I just wanted to take them to some movies they ought to see.” In the end, though, Plummer has changed his opinion and now says he is “grateful” for the opportunity to be in such a classic film.
Plummer racked up several more roles in the rest of the 1960s and throughout the 1970s. Some of his biggest films of this era included “Waterloo”, “The Royal Hunt of the Sun” and “Aces High” just to name a few. Plummer wasn’t limited to just Hollywood, as he was appearing in films being developed across many different countries. During the 1980s, he’d add films such as “Eyewitness”, “Dragnet” and even played a voice role in the animated film “An American Tail”.
In 1990, Plummer returned to television to have a regular role for the first time in his career with “Counterstrike”, playing Alexander Addington for more than 60 episodes over three years. When the series ended, he became the narrator on the series “Madeline” for several years. Plummer added many roles through the years, but finally had his “breakout” in the late 2000s.
“The Last Station” in 2009 earned Plummer his first Oscar nomination, coming in the Best Supporting Actor category. Two years later, Plummer was nominated for the same category for “Beginners”. This time around, Plummer won the award, making him the oldest to ever win an acting Oscar. If that weren’t enough, Plummer set another record by becoming the oldest nominated actor in 2018 after replacing Kevin Spacey in the film “All the Money in the World”, though Sam Rockwell would win the title.
“I’ve done things that I’m proud of,” Plummer has said of his career. “I’ve managed to finish the cycle of the great, classic roles. I’ve played them all, some more than once. That’s out of my way now – I’d like to see women come and play them. But the parts I’m receiving in films now are wonderful, the last 10 parts have all been fascinating.”
You’d expect someone of his experience to be able to fall into a role quickly, but that’s not the case for Plummer. “There are still challenges for me even after so many years in the business,” he said. “What makes me interested in new things is usually the nature of the writing. It helps you a lot and shows you the way…I started noticing that it’s the biggest challenge if you can turn mediocre roles into something to remember. That’s the fun of it and the point one should reach.”