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Christopher Plummer
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Full Name
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer
Character
Birthdate
13 December 1929
Birthplace
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years Active
1947-2021

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer, CC (born December 13, 1929-February 5, 2021) is a Canadian actor who plays Henrik Vanger in the 2011 movie adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Career[]

Theatre[]

Plummer has played most of the great roles in classic repertoire. In 1953, Plummer was the understudy to Tyrone Power in The Dark is Light Enough, in a production by Katharine Cornell in which she also starred. In his biography, Plummer states that Cornell was his 'sponsor.' In 1973, he appeared on Broadway as the swordsman and poet Cyrano de Bergerac in Cyrano, a musical adaptation of Edmond Rostand's 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac by Anthony Burgess (libretto and lyrics) and Michael J. Lewis (music). For that performance, Plummer won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance.

In 1971 he appeared at the National Theatre in the play Amphitryon 38, directed by Sir Laurence Olivier.

In 2004, he appeared in a lauded production of King Lear, directed by Jonathan Miller and performed at Lincoln Center. Plummer's performance as Lear garnered him his sixth Tony nomination.

He returned to Broadway in 2007 as Henry Drummond in a revival of Inherit the Wind, winning a Drama Desk Award nomination as well as his seventh Tony nomination.

Plummer returned to the stage at the Stratford (Canada) Shakespeare Festival in August 2008 in a critically acclaimed performance as Julius Caesar in George Bernard Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra" directed by Tony winner Des McAnuff; this production was videotaped and shown in high-definition in Canadian cinemas on January 31, 2009 (with an encore presentation on February 23, 2009) and broadcast on April 4, 2009 on Bravo! in Canada. Plummer once again returned to the Stratford Festival in the summer of 2010 in The Tempest as the lead character, Prospero.

Film[]

Plummer's eclectic career on screen began in 1958 when Sidney Lumet cast him as a young writer in Stage Struck. Since then he has appeared in a vast number of notable films which include The Man Who Would Be King, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Jesus of Nazareth, The Return of the Pink Panther, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Battle of Britain, Waterloo, The Silent Partner, Dragnet, Shadow Dancing, Inside Daisy Clover, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Malcolm X, Dolores Claiborne, Wolf, 12 Monkeys, The Insider, Murder by Decree, Somewhere in Time, Syriana, The New World and The Lake House and International Velvet.

One of Plummer's most critically acclaimed roles was that of television journalist Mike Wallace in Michael Mann's Oscar-nominated The Insider, for which he won Boston, Los Angeles, and National Society of Film Critics Awards for 'Best Supporting Actor'; he was also nominated for Chicago and Las Vegas Film Critics Awards, as well as a Satellite Award. Predictions of an Oscar nomination circulated, but such recognition only came in January 2010 when Plummer received his first Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of author Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station. Speaking to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in an interview that aired on March 7, 2010, Plummer appeared slightly irritated that it had taken so long to receive a personal Academy Award nomination, saying, "Well, I said it's about time! I mean, I'm 80 years old, for God's sake. Have mercy." Still, on Oscar night, March 7, 2010, Plummer lost the Best Supporting Actor nomination to Christoph Waltz in the Quentin Tarantino 2009 war film Inglourious Basterds.

Other recent successes include his roles as Dr. Rosen in Ron Howard's Academy Award winning A Beautiful Mind, Arthur Case in Spike Lee's 2006 film Inside Man, and the philosopher Aristotle in Alexander, alongside Colin Farrell. In 2004, Plummer played John Adams Gates in National Treasure.

Plummer has also done some voice work, such as his role of Henri the pigeon in An American Tail, the villainous Grand Duke of Owls in Rock-a-Doodle, the antagonistic Charles Muntz in Up and the elder leader 1 in the Tim Burton-produced action/science fiction film 9.

In 1963, he was the subject of a short National Film Board of Canada documentary, 30 Minutes, Mister Plummer, directed by Anne Claire Poirier.

Television[]

Among his television appearances, which number almost a hundred, are the Emmy-nominated BBC production Hamlet at Elsinore, the five-time Emmy winning The Thorn Birds, the Emmy-winning Nuremberg, the Emmy-winning Little Moon of Alban and the Emmy-winning Moneychangers.

He co-starred in American Tragedy as F. Lee Bailey (for which he received a Golden Globe Nomination), and appeared in Four Minute Mile, Miracle Planet, and a documentary by Ric Burns about Eugene O'Neill. He received an Emmy nomination for his performance in Our Fathers and reunited with Julie Andrews for a television production of On Golden Pond. He also played Herod Antipas in the miniseries, Jesus of Nazareth and was the narrator for The Gospel of John. He also co-starred with Gregory Peck in The Scarlet and The Black.

He narrated the animated television series Madeline as well as the animated television series David the Gnome.

Plummer has also written for the stage, television and the concert-hall. Plummer and Sir Neville Marriner rearranged Shakespeare’s Henry V with Sir William Walton’s music as a concert piece. They recorded the work with Marriner's chamber orchestra the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

He performed it and other works with the New York Philharmonic and symphony orchestras of London, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Ohio, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax. With Marriner he made his Carnegie Hall debut in his own arrangements of Mendelssohn's incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Filmography[]

Film[]

Year Title Role Notes
1947 These Foolish Times Mako
1948 Scott of the Antarctic Falcon
1951 Captain Horatio Hornblower Terence
1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still Buzz
1951 Quo Vadis Earl
1953 The Robe Jones
1954 Broken Lance Larry
1955 East of Eden Robert
1955 Rebel Without a Cause Ray
1956 Giant Guiol
1958 Stage Struck Joe Sheridan
1958 Wind Across the Everglades Walt Murdock
1964 The Fall of the Roman Empire Commodus
1965 The Sound of Music Captain Georg von Trapp
1966 Inside Daisy Clover Raymond Swan
1966 Triple Cross Eddie Chapman
1967 The Night of the Generals Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
1967 Oedipus the King Oedipus
1968 Nobody Runs Forever Sir James Quentin
1969 Battle of Britain Squadron Leader Colin Harvey
1969 The Royal Hunt of the Sun Atahualpa
1969 Lock Up Your Daughters! Lord Foppington
1970 Waterloo Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
1971 Dirty Harry Past
1973 Soylent Green Haig
1973 The Pyx Detective Sergeant Jim Henderson
1973 Westworld Pilon
1974 Blazing Saddles Murray
1974 After the Fall Quentin
1974 The Happy Prince The Happy Prince Short film
1974 The Towering Inferno Codner
1975 The Spiral Staircase Dr. Joe Sherman
1975 The Return of the Pink Panther Sir Charles Litton
1975 Conduct Unbecoming Major Alastair Wimbourne
1975 The Man Who Would Be King Rudyard Kipling
1975 The Day That Shook the World Archduke Ferdinand of Austria
1976 Aces High Captain 'Uncle' Sinclair
1977 The Assignment Captain Behounek
1977 The Disappearance Deverell
1977 Silver Blaze Sherlock Holmes
1978 The Silent Partner Harry Reikle
1978 International Velvet John Seaton
1979 Starcrash The Emperor
1979 Mad Max Mel Newman
1979 Murder by Decree Sherlock Holmes
1979 Hanover Street Paul Sellinger
1980 Somewhere in Time William Fawcett Robinson
1981 Eyewitness Joseph
1981 Excalibur Richard MacNicol
1981 Time Bandits Fouche
1981 The Amateur Professor Lakos
1982 The Dark Crystal Timmy
1984 This Is Spinal Tap Reiner
1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Lloyd George
1984 Dreamscape Bob Blair
1984 Highpoint James Hatcher
1984 Ordeal by Innocence Leo Argyle
1985 Lily in Love Fitzroy Wynn / Roberto Terranova
1985 Return to Oz Griffiths
1986 The Boy in Blue Knox
1986 The Boss' Wife Mr. Roalvang
1986 An American Tail Henri (voice) [1]
1986 Vampire in Venice Professor Paris Catalano
1987 Spaceballs Rob
1987 Dragnet Reverend Jonathan Whirley
1987 I Love N.Y. John Robertson Yeats
1987 The Man Who Planted Trees Narrator (voice)
1987 The Gnomes' Great Adventure Narrator (voice)
1988 Light Years Metamorphis
1988 Shadow Dancing Edmund Beaumont
1988 The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind Narrator (voice) Documentary
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Weller
1989 Souvenir Ernst Kestner
1989 Mindfield Doctor Satorius
1990 Where the Heart Is Jerry
1990 Red Blooded American Girl Dr. John Alcore
1990 Money Martin Yahl
1991 Firehead Colonel Garland Vaughn
1991 The Doors Hutshing
1991 Rock-a-Doodle The Grand Duke of Owls (voice) [1]
1991 Dragon and Slippers Pelican (voice)
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country General Chang
1991 The Last Boy Scout Paymer
1992 Impolite Naples O'Rorke
1992 Malcolm X Chaplain Gill
1992 Liar's Edge Harry Weldon
1994 Wolf Raymond Alden
1994 Airheads Raymond
1994 Crackerjack Ivan Getz
1995 Dolores Claiborne Detective John Mackey
1995 12 Monkeys Dr. Goines
1996 Broken Arrow Frank Mickey
1996 The Conspiracy of Fear Joseph Wakeman
1997 Babes in Toyland Barnaby Crookedman (voice) [1]
1998 Hidden Agenda Ulrich Steiner
1998 The First Christmas Narrator (voice)
1998 Blackheart Holmes
1998 Soldier W.S. Anderson
1998 The Clown at Midnight Mr. Caruthers
1999 Madeline: Lost in Paris Narrator (voice) [1]
1999 The Insider Mike Wallace
2009 X-Men Og
2000 Dracula 2000 Abraham Van Helsing
2001 Lucky Break Graham Mortimer
2001 A Beautiful Mind Dr. Rosen
2001 Full Disclosure Robert Lecker
2002 Ararat David
2002 Nicholas Nickleby Ralph Nickleby
2003 X2 Og
2003 Blizzard Santa Claus
2003 The Gospel of John Narrator (voice)
2003 Cold Creek Manor Mr. Massie
2004 National Treasure John Adams Gates
2004 Alexander Aristotle
2005 Must Love Dogs Bill Nolan
2005 Syriana Dean Whiting
2005 V for Vendetta Rainbow
2005 The New World Captain Newport
2006 Inside Man Arthur Case
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Og
2006 The Lake House Simon Wyler
2006 Blood Diamond Finney
2007 Man in the Chair Flash Madden
2007 Closing the Ring Jack Etty
2007 Emotional Arithmetic David Winters
2007 Already Dead Dr. Heller
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still Cleese
2009 Caesar and Cleopatra Julius Caesar Also executive producer
2009 Watchmen Sid
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Og
2009 Up Charles Muntz (voice) [1]
2009 My Dog Tulip J.R. Ackerley (voice) [1]
2009 9 1 (voice) [1]
2009 Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva Lincoln English dub
2009 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Doctor Parnassus
2009 The Last Station Leo Tolstoy
2010 Beginners Hal Fields
2011 Priest Monsignor Orelas
2011 X-Men: First Class Og
2011 Barrymore John Barrymore
2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Henrik Vanger
2012 Battleship Stacey
2012 Ted Braddy
2012 Django Unchained Leonardo
2013 The Legend of Sarila Croolik (voice) [1]
2013 The Wolverine Og
2014 Elsa & Fred Fred Barcroft
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Jason
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Og
2014 Hector and the Search for Happiness Professor Coreman
2014 The Forger Joseph Cutter
2015 Danny Collins Frank Grubman
2015 Pixies Pixie King (voice) [1]
2015 Remember Zev Guttman
2016 The Exception Kaiser Wilhelm
2016 Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom Dr. West (voice) [1]
2017 Howard Lovecraft & the Undersea Kingdom Dr. West / The Pixie King (voice)
2017 The Man Who Invented Christmas Ebenezer Scrooge
2017 The Star King Herod (voice) [1]
2017 All the Money in the World J. Paul Getty
2018 Boundaries Jack Jaconi
2018 Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness Dr. Jeffrey West (voice) [1]
2019 Cliffs of Freedom Thanasi
2019 The Last Full Measure Frank Pitsenbarger In post-production
2019 Knives Out Harlem Thrombey In post-production

Television[]

Year Title Role Notes
1953 Broadway Television Theatre Michael O'Leary Episode: "Dark Victory"
1955 Kraft Television Theatre Robert Carr Episode: "The King's Bounty"
1955 Producers' Showcase Christian de Neuvillette Episode: "Cyrano de Bergerac"
1956 General Electric Theater Walter Shelley Episode: "A Letter from the Queen"
1956 The Alcoa Hour Bruce Quealy Episode: "Even the Weariest River"
1957, 1958 Omnibus Thomas Mendip / Oedipus 2 episodes
1957, 1961 DuPont Show of the Month Rudolf Rassendyll / King Rudolf / Sir Miles Hendon 2 episodes
1958 Little Moon of Alban Kenneth Boyd Television film
1959 Johnny Belinda Dr. Jack Pelletier Television film
1959 A Doll's House Torvald Helmer Television film
1959 The Philadelphia Story Mike Connor Television film
1960 NBC Sunday Showcase Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. 2 episodes
1960 Captain Brassbound's Conversion Captain Brassbound Television film
1961 Playdate Himself Host
1961 Time Remembered Prince Albert Television film
1962 Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Television film
1964 Hamlet at Elsinore Hamlet Television film
1968 The Secret of Michelangelo Narrator (voice) Television documentary
1971 Don Juan in Hell Don Juan Television film
1974 Witness to Yesterday Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington Episode: "The Duke of Wellington"
1974 After the Fall Quentin Television film
1976 Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers Roscoe Heyward 4 episodes
1977 Jesus of Nazareth Herod Antipas 2 episodes
1979 Riel Sir John A. Macdonald Television film
1980 Desperate Voyage Burrifous Television film
1980 The Shadow Box Brian Television film
1981 When the Circus Came to Town Duke Royal Television film
1982 Little Gloria... Happy at Last Reggie Vanderbilt 2 episodes
1983 The Scarlet and the Black Colonel Herbert Kappler Television film
1983 The Thorn Birds Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese 3 episodes
1983 Prototype Dr. Carl Forrester Television film
1985 Rumpelstiltskin Narrator (voice) Television film
1986 Crossings Armand DeVilliers 3 episodes
1986 Spearfield's Daughter Lord Jack Cruze Television film
1987 A Hazard of Hearts Sir Giles Staverley Television film
1987 The Cosby Show Jonathan Lawrence Episode: "Shakespeare"
1987 The World of David the Gnome Narrator (voice) English version
1988–1991 Madeline Narrator (voice) 6 episodes
1989 Nabokov on Kafka Vladimir Nabokov Television short
1990 A Ghost in Monte Carlo The Grand Duke Ivan Television film
1990 The Little Crooked Christmas Tree Television short
1990–1993 Counterstrike Alexander Addington 65 episodes
1991 Young Catherine Sir Charles 3 episodes
1991 A Marriage: Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz Alfred Stieglitz Television film
1991 Berlin Lady Wilhem Speer 6 episodes
1991 The First Circle Victor Abakumov Television film
1992 Secrets Mel Wexler Television film
1993–1995 Madeline Narrator (voice) 33 episodes[1]
1993 A Stranger in the Mirror Clifton Lawrence Television film
1995 Harrison Bergeron John Klaxon Television film
1996 We the Jury Wilfred Fransiscus Television film
1996 Skeletons R. Carlyle Television film
1997 The Arrow George Hees 2 episodes
1998 Winchell Franklin D. Roosevelt Television film
2000 Nuremberg Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe 2 episodes
2000 The Dinosaur Hunter Hump Hinton Television film
2000 Possessed Archbishop Hume Television film
2000 American Tragedy F. Lee Bailey 2 episodes
2001 Leo's Journey Narrator Television film
2001 On Golden Pond Norman Thayer Television film
2002 Night Flight 'Flash' Harry Peters Television film
2002 Agent of Influence John Watkins Television film
2003 Odd Job Jack Magnus the Maker Episode: "Holyland"
2005 Our Fathers Cardinal Bernard Law Television film
2005 Miracle Planet Narrator (voice) 6 episodes
2006 American Experience Narrator / James Tyrone Episode: "Eugene O'Neill: A Documentary Film"
2008 The Summit P.J. Aimes 2 episodes
2013 Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight John Marshall Harlan II Television film
2019 Departure Howard/Howard Lawson 6 episodes

Stage[]

Year Title Role Notes
1958 J.B. Nickles
1974 Cyrano Cyrano de Bergerac
1982 Othello Iago
1994 No Man's Land Spooner
1997 Barrymore John Barrymore
2004 King Lear King Lear
2007 Inherit the Wind Henry Drummond

Video games[]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2000 Star Trek: Klingon Academy General Chang
2009 Up Charles Muntz (voice)
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Arngeir (voice) [1]
2017 The Long Dark Narrator
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