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The Christopher Plummer Bio

The Christopher Plummer Review – MovieActors.com

by Nate Lee

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BEST FILM:

The Sound of Music

Not a very fair race, though you should check out "The Man Who Would Be King" and, perhaps, "Silent Partner" sometime.







Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
The Last Station (Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG-nominated performance as Leo Tolstoy)
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (the title role of an ancient vaudevillian)
Winchell (FDR)
Dolores Claiborne (police detective investigating Kathy Bates)
Murder by Decree (Sherlock Holmes, opposite James Mason)
Must Love Dogs (Diane Lane's father)
12 Monkeys (Brad Pitt's father)
The Classy Bad Guy:
Inside Man (wealthy banker with a past he'd rather not be known)
Syriana (Washington insider messing up the deal)
Star Trek VI (the Klingon general Chang)
The Return of the Pink Panther (taking over for David Niven as the aristocrat burglar)
Dreamscape (owner of a dream clinic out to kill a client, the President)
Jesus of Nazareth (Herod)
Eyewitness (Sigourney Weaver's boyfriend)
Silent Partner (bank robber in cat and mouse with Elliott Gould)
Blockbusters:
A Beautiful Mind (part of SAG-nominated cast as Nash's psychiatrist)
The Sound of Music (Baron von Trapp)
National Treasure (Nick Cage's ancestor)
The Insider (Mike Wallace)
Alexander (Aristotle)
The New World (Capt. Christopher Newport)
Nicholas Nickleby (Ralph Nickleby)
The Man Who Would Be King (Rudyard Kipling)
The Royal Hunt of The Sun (a Peruvian monarch, opposite Robert Shaw)
Wolf (a publisher, opposite Jack Nicholson)
Battle of Britain (a fighter pilot, with Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine and Robert Shaw)
The Real Christopher Plummer:
Barrymore

Like John Barrymore, whom he played to perfection (and his second Tony Award) on Broadway, Christopher Plummer is far more successful on stage than in film. His Oscar nomination for Tolstoy in "The Last Station" was his first, though he has won numerous theatre awards.
Acting Style:
You thought he was British, didn't you? Close, he's Canadian. Classically trained with a confident carriage and perfect voice, his style fits classical works and real people who were larger than life. Though not as arch as Vincent Price, he does make a lovely upper-class villain, too.
Bits and Quirks:
The oddest grin in the business, it goes from mischievous to malevolent and back again with barely a muscle twinge. The practiced sneer, usually with a light carefree line delivery. Clipped words fading out at the end. A quick-ish head movement. General condescending air.
Great Scenes:
A Beautiful Mind

> Getting slugged by Russell Crowe as Nash
> Treating Crowe, overseeing the electric shock therapy with Jennifer Connelly

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

> The conversations with Tom Waits as the Devil
> Working in the mall in fancy clothes

The Sound of Music

> Singing Edelweiss
> The love duet with Julie Andrews
> Hiding in the graveyard and then confronting the Nazi boy

The Last Station

> The many fights with Helen Mirren as his wife, Sofia
> Talking about sex with his assistant, James McAvoy
> The death scene

The Man Who Would Be King

> On the train with Michael Caine
> In his office, witnessing the bargain between Caine and Sean Connery
> The ending, listening to Caine tell the story

Murder by Decree

> In the insane asylum with Genevieve Bujold
> At the hearing with prime minister John Gielgud