December 13, 1929 – February 5, 2021
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
91 years old

“I think anger does fuel a successful acting career. To play the great roles, you have to learn how to blaze.”

—Christopher Plummer

Aristotle, Tolstoy, John Barrymore, Jean Paul Getty. Yes, these are great historical men, but it’s also a list of some of Christoper Plummer’s greatest roles. Robert Wise, Terry Gilliam, Ridley Scott, Ron Howard, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, David Fincher. Yes, this is a list of some of the greatest directors to ever work in the industry, but it’s also a list of the many directors who ever had the pleasure of working with Christopher Plummer. The man had a career that spanned almost eight decades and still it took until he was 88 years old to win his first Academy Award.

The first performance of Christopher Plummer’s I ever remember noticing was his turn as Captain Von Trapp in “The Sound Of Music.” His dance scene with Julie Andrews on the terrace and his singing of “Edelweiss” were very memorable. His performances would continue to follow me throughout my life. When I was a kid, I saw him in “National Treasure” and “A Beautiful Mind.” As an adult, “Up” and “The Last Station” were some of my favorites. He would make waves when he won his Academy Award for his performance as an openly gay man in “Beginners.” And again when he took over the part of J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott’s “All The Money In The World,” when Kevin Spacey was pulled (to which the Academy nominated him again). Even one of his last roles, as Harlan Thrombey in Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” would be a memorable one. Christopher Plummer leaves behind his only daughter, Amanda Plummer, and his wife, Elaine Taylor.


Captain Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” (1965)


Harlan Thrombey in “Knives Out” (2019)


Charles F. Muntz in “Up” (2009)


Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (“Beginners”) (2012)


2010Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role“The Last Station”Nominated
2012Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role“Beginners”WON
2018Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role“All the Money in the World”Nominated

2012 — Christopher Plummer became the oldest winner of a competitive Oscar in an acting category, at 82, surpassing the achievement of Jessica Tandy.
2018 — At age 88, Christopher Plummer became the oldest Academy Award nominee for acting.


1958Stage StruckJoe Sheridan
1958Wind Across the EvergladesWalt Murdock
1964The Fall of the Roman EmpireCommodus
1965The Sound of MusicCaptain Von Trapp
1965Inside Daisy CloverRaymond Swan
1966Triple CrossEddie Chapman
1967The Night of the GeneralsField Marshal Rommel
1968Oedipus the KingOedipus
1968The High CommissionerSir James Quentin
1969Lock Up Your Daughters!Lord Foppington
1969Battle of BritainSquadron Leader Colin Harvey
1969The Royal Hunt of the SunAtahuallpa
1970WaterlooArthur Wellesley
1973The PyxDt. Sgt. Jim Henderson
1975The Spiral StaircaseDr. Sherman
1975The Return of the Pink PantherSir Charles Litton
1975Conduct UnbecomingMaj. Alastair Wimbourne
1975The Assassination at SarajevoArchduke Ferdinand
1975The Man Who Would Be KingRudyard Kipling
1976Aces HighSinclair
1977The AssignmentKaptain Behounek
1977The DisappearanceDeverell
1978International VelvetJohn Seaton
1978The Silent PartnerReikle
1978StarcrashThe Emperor
1979Murder by DecreeSherlock Holmes
1979Hanover StreetPaul Sellinger
1980Somewhere in TimeWilliam Fawcett Robinson
1981The AmateurProfessor Lakos
1982HighpointJames Hatcher
1984Ordeal by InnocenceLeo Argyle
1984DreamscapeBob Blair
1984Lily In LoveFitzroy Wynn / Roberto Terranova
1986The Boy in BlueKnox
1986The Boss’ WifeMr. Roalvang
1986An American TailHenri (voice)
1987I Love N.Y.John Robertson Yeats
1987GandaharMetamorphis (English version, voice)
1987The Gnomes’ Great AdventureNarrator
1988Vampire in VeniceProfessor Paris Catalano
1988Shadow DancingEdmund Beaumont
1989SouvenirErnst Kestner
1989MindfieldDoctor Satorius
1990Where the Heart IsShitty
1990Red Blooded American GirlDr. John Alcore
1991MoneyMartin Yahl
1991Rock-A-DoodleGrand Duke (voice)
1991Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered CountryChang
1992Liar’s EdgeHarry Weldon
1992ImpoliteNaples O’Rorke
1992Malcolm XChaplain Gill
1994WolfRaymond Alden
1994CrackerjackIvan Getz
1994FelidaeJoker (English version, voice)
1995Dolores ClaiborneDetective John Mackey
199512 MonkeysDr. Goines
1997Babes in ToylandBarnaby Crookedman (voice)
1998The First ChristmasNarrator (voice)
1998The Clown at MidnightMr. Caruthers
1999Hidden AgendaUlrich Steiner
1999Madeline: Lost in ParisNarrator (voice)
1999The InsiderMike Wallace
2000Dracula 2000Abraham Van Helsing
2001Lucky BreakGraham Mortimer
2001A Beautiful MindDr. Rosen
2002Nicholas NicklebyRalph Nickleby
2003BlizzardSanta Claus
2003The Visual Bible: The Gospel of JohnNarrator (voice)
2003Cold Creek ManorMr. Massie
2004National TreasureJohn Adams Gates
2005Must Love DogsBill
2005SyrianaDean Whiting
2005HeidiGrandfather (voice)
2005The New WorldCaptain Newport
2006Inside ManArthur Case
2006The Lake HouseSimon Wyler
2007Man in the ChairFlash Madden
2007Closing the RingJack
2007Emotional ArithmeticDavid Winters
2007Already DeadDr. Heller
2009Caesar and CleopatraCaesar
2009UpCharles Muntz (voice)
2009The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusDoctor Parnassus
2009My Dog TulipJ.R. Ackerley (voice)
20099#1 (voice)
2009The Last StationTolstoy
2010The TempestProspero
2011PriestMonsignor Orelas
2011BarrymoreJohn Barrymore
2011The Girl with the Dragon TattooHenrik Vanger
2013The Legend of SarilaCroolik (English version, voice)
2013Muhammad Ali’s Greatest FightJohn Harlan
2014Elsa & FredFred
2014Hector and the Search for HappinessProfessor Coreman
2014The ForgerJoseph Cutter
2015Danny CollinsFrank Grubman
2015PixiesPixie King (voice)
2015RememberZev Guttman
2016Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen KingdomDr. West (voice)
2016The ExceptionKaiser Wilhelm II
2017Howard Lovecraft & the Undersea KingdomDr. West (voice)
2017The Man Who Invented ChristmasScrooge
2017The StarHerod (voice)
2017All the Money in the WorldJ. Paul Getty
2019Cliffs of FreedomThanasi
2019Knives OutHarlan Thrombey
2019The Last Full MeasureFrank Pitsenbarger
2021Heroes of the Golden MasksRizzo (voice)


1953EncounterEpisode: “Othello”
1953Studio One in HollywoodDickEpisode: “The Gathering Night”
1953SuspenseEpisode: “The Riddle of Mayerling”
1953Broadway Television TheatreMichael O’LearyEpisode: “Dark Victory”
1954The WebEpisode: “Sheep’s Clothing”
1954Pond’s TheaterEpisode: “The Dashing White Sergeant”
1955Kraft TheatreRobert CarrEpisode: “The King’s Bounty”
1955Producers’ ShowcaseChristian de NeuvilletteEpisode: “Cyrano de Bergerac”
1956General Electric TheaterWalter ShelleyEpisode: “A Letter from the Queen”
1956Appointment with AdventureRoger ManningEpisode: “A Thief There Was”
1956The Alcoa HourBruce QuealyEpisode: “Even the Weariest River”
1956Eye on New YorkLewis RohnenEpisode: “Night of the Auk”
1957-1959OmnibusVarious4 Episodes
1957-1961The DuPont Show of the MonthVarious2 Episodes
1958Little Moon of AlbanKenneth BoydTelevision movie
1958Johnny BelindaDr. Jack PelletierTelevision movie
1959A Doll’s HouseTorvald HelmerTelevision movie
1959The Philadelphia StoryMike ConnorTelevision movie
1960Captain Brassbound’s ConversionCaptain BrassboundTelevision movie
1960Sunday ShowcaseOliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.2 Episodes
1960Our American HeritageOliver Wendell Holmes Jr.Episode: “Autocrat and Son”
1961Time RememberedPrince AlbertTelevision movie
1962Cyrano De BergeracCyrano De BergeracTelevision movie
1964Hamlet at ElsinoreHamletTelevision movie
1968The Secret of MichelangeloNarratorTelevision movie
1971BBC Play of the MonthDon JuanEpisode: “Don Juan In Hell”
1974The Happy PrinceThe Happy Prince (voice)Animated short
1974After the FallQuentinTelevision movie
1974Witness to YesterdayArthur WellesleyEpisode: “The Duke of Wellington”
1976Arthur Hailey’s the MoneychangersRoscoe Heyward4 Episodes
1977The Sunday DramaSherlock HolmesEpisode: “Silver Blaze”
1977Jesus of NazarethHerod Antipas2 Episodes
1979RielPrime Minister John A. MacdonaldTelevision movie
1980The Shadow BoxBrianTelevision movie
1980Desperate VoyageBurrifousTelevision movie
1981When the Circus Came to TownDuke RoyalTelevision movie
1981Dial ‘M’ for MurderTony WendiceTelevision movie
1982Little Gloria… Happy at LastReggie VanderbiltEpisode: “Part 1”
1983The Scarlet and the BlackCol. Herbert KapplerTelevision movie
1983The Thorn BirdsArchbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese4 Episodes
1983PrototypeDr. Carl ForresterTelevision movie
1985The Velveteen RabbitNarrator (voice)Television movie
1985David the GnomeNarrator (1987) (English version, voice)Television series
1985RumpelstiltskinNarrator (voice)Television movie
1986CrossingsArmand DeVilliers3 Episodes
1986The Tin SoldierNarrator (voice)Television movie
1986Spearfield’s DaughterLord Jack Cruze3 Episodes
1987The Man Who Planted TreesNarrator (English version, voice)Short
1987The Cosby ShowJonathan LawrenceEpisode: “Shakespeare”
1987A Hazard of HeartsSir Giles StaverleyTelevision movie
1987The NightingaleNarrator (voice)Television movie
1988MadelineNarrator (voice)Television movie
1989Nabokov on KafkaVladimir NabokovTelevision movie
1990A Ghost in Monte CarloThe Grand Duke IvanTelevision movie
1990Madeline’s ChristmasNarrator (voice)Television movie
1990Madeline’s RescueNarrator (voice)Television movie
1990The Little Crooked Christmas TreeNarrator (voice)Television movie
1990-1993CounterstrikeAlexander Addington66 Episodes
1990-1994MadelineNarrator (voice)21 Episodes
1991Young CatherineSir CharlesTelevision movie
1991Madeline and the Bad HatNarrator (voice)Television movie
1991A Marriage: Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred StieglitzAlfred StieglitzTelevision movie
1991Madeline and the GypsiesNarrator (voice)Television movie
1991Madeline in LondonNarrator (voice)Television movie
1991Berlin LadyWilhem Speer6 Episodes
1992The First CircleVictor AbakumovTelevision movie
1992SecretsMel WexlerTelevision movie
1993A Stranger in the MirrorClifton LawrenceTelevision movie
1995Harrison BergeronJohn KlaxonTelevision movie
1995The New Adventures of MadelineNarrator (voice)13 Episodes
1995The Conspiracy of FearWakemanVideo
1996We The JuryWilfred FransiscusTelevision movie
1997The ArrowGeorge HeesTelevision mini-series
1997SkeletonsReverend CarlyleTelevision movie
1998WinchellFranklin D. RooseveltTelevision movie
2000NurembergSir David Maxwell-Fyfe2 Episodes
2000The Dinosaur HunterHump HintonTelevision movie
2000PossessedArchbishop HumeTelevision movie
2000American TragedyF. Lee BaileyTelevision movie
2001On Golden PondNorman ThayerTelevision movie
2001Full DisclosureRobert LeckerVideo
2002Night Flight‘Flash’ Harry PetersTelevision movie
2002Agent of InfluenceJohn WatkinsTelevision movie
2003Odd Job JackMagnus the MakerEpisode: “Holyland”
2005Our FathersCardinal Bernard LawTelevision movie
2005Four MinutesArchie MasonTelevision movie
2006American ExperienceNarrator / James TyroneEpisode: “Eugene O’Neill: A Documentary Film”
2008The SummitP.J. Aimes2 Episodes
2012Kali, the Little Vampire(English version, voice)Short
2014Great PerformancesJohn BarrymoreEpisode: “Barrymore”
2018Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of MadnessDr. Jeffrey West (voice)Video
2019DepartureHoward Lawson12 Episodes

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