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Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is the only child of Isabella Mary (Abbott), a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University, and John Orme Plummer, who sold securities and stocks. He is a great-grandson of John Abbott, who was Canada's third Prime Minister (from 1891 to 1892), and a ... See full bio »

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 2019 Departure (TV Series) (filming)
Howard Lawson
- Vanished ... Howard Lawson
 2019 Knives Out (filming)
 2019 The Last Full Measure (completed)
Frank Pitsenbarger
 2018 Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness (Video)
Dr. Jeffrey West (voice)
 2018/I Boundaries
 2017 All the Money in the World
J. Paul Getty
 2017 The Star
Herod (voice)
 2017 Howard Lovecraft & the Undersea Kingdom
Dr. West (voice)
 2017 Elegy (Short)
 2016 Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom
Dr. West (voice)
 2016 The Exception
Kaiser Wilhelm II
 2015/I Remember
Zev Guttman
 2015 Pixies
Pixie King (voice)
 2015 Danny Collins
Frank Grubman
 2014 The Forger
Joseph Cutter
 2014 Hector and the Search for Happiness
Professor Coreman
 2014 Elsa & Fred
 2014 Great Performances (TV Series)
John Barrymore
- Barrymore (2014) ... John Barrymore
 2013 Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
John Harlan
 2013 The Legend of Sarila
Croolik (English version, voice)
 2012 Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect Rush - A Disney Pixar Adventures: Snapshot (Video Game)
Charles F. Muntz (English version, voice)
 2012 Kali, le petit vampire (Short) (English version, voice)
 2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Henrik Vanger
 2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Video Game)
Arngeir (voice)
 2011 Barrymore
John Barrymore
 2011 Priest
Monsignor Orelas
 2010/IV The Tempest
 2010 Beginners
 2009 The Last Station
 2009/I 9
#1 (voice)
 2009 My Dog Tulip
J.R. Ackerley (voice)
 2009 Up (Video Game)
Charles Muntz (voice)
 2009 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Doctor Parnassus
 2009 Up
Charles Muntz (voice)
 2009 Caesar and Cleopatra
 2008 The Summit (TV Mini-Series)
P.J. Aimes
- Night Two (2008) ... P.J. Aimes
- Night One (2008) ... P.J. Aimes
 2007 Already Dead
Dr. Heller
 2007 Emotional Arithmetic
David Winters
 2007 Closing the Ring
 2007 Man in the Chair
Flash Madden
 2006 The Lake House
Simon Wyler
 2006 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Narrator / James Tyrone
- Eugene O'Neill: A Documentary Film (2006) ... Narrator / James Tyrone
 2006 Inside Man
Arthur Case
 2005 The New World
Captain Newport
 2005/II Heidi
Grandfather (voice)
 2005 Syriana
Dean Whiting
 2005 Four Minutes (TV Movie)
Archie Mason
 2005 Must Love Dogs
 2005 Our Fathers (TV Movie)
Cardinal Bernard Law
 2004 Alexander
 2004 National Treasure
John Adams Gates
 2003 Cold Creek Manor
Mr. Massie
 2003 The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John
Narrator (voice)
 2003 Blizzard
Santa Claus
 2003 Odd Job Jack (TV Series)
Magnus the Maker
- Holyland ... Magnus the Maker
 2002 Nicholas Nickleby
Ralph Nickleby
 2002 Agent of Influence (TV Movie)
John Watkins
 2002 Ararat
 2002 Night Flight (TV Movie)
'Flash' Harry Peters
 2001 A Beautiful Mind
Dr. Rosen
 2001 Lucky Break
Graham Mortimer
 2001 Full Disclosure (Video)
Robert Lecker
 2001 On Golden Pond (TV Movie)
Norman Thayer
 2001 Leo's Journey (TV Movie)
 2000 Star Trek: Klingon Academy (Video Game)
General Chang
 2000 Dracula 2000
Abraham Van Helsing
 2000 American Tragedy (TV Movie)
F. Lee Bailey
 2000 Possessed (TV Movie)
Archbishop Hume
 2000 The Dinosaur Hunter (TV Movie)
Hump Hinton
 2000 Nuremberg (TV Mini-Series)
Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe
- Episode #1.2 (2000) ... Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe
 1999 The Insider
Mike Wallace
 1999 Madeline: Lost in Paris
Narrator (voice)
 1999 Hidden Agenda
Ulrich Steiner
 1999 The Clown at Midnight
Mr. Caruthers
 1998 Blackheart
 1998 The First Christmas
Narrator (voice)
 1998 Winchell (TV Movie)
Franklin D. Roosevelt
 1997 Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (Video Game)
 1997 Babes in Toyland
Barnaby Crookedman (voice)
 1997 Skeletons (TV Movie)
Reverend Carlyle
 1997 The Arrow (TV Movie)
George Hees
 1996 We the Jury (TV Movie)
Wilfred Fransiscus
 1995 Twelve Monkeys
Dr. Goines
 1995 The Conspiracy of Fear (Video)
 1995 Harrison Bergeron (TV Movie)
John Klaxon
 1995 The New Adventures of Madeline (TV Series)
Narrator (1995) (voice)
 1995 Dolores Claiborne
Det. John Mackey
 1994 Felidae
Joker (english version)
 1994 Crackerjack
Ivan Getz
 1994 Wolf
Raymond Alden
 1993-1994 Madeline (TV Series)
- Madeline and the Pirates (1994) ... Narrator (voice)
- Madeline and the Easter Bonnet (1994) ... Narrator (voice)
- Madeline and the New House (1994) ... Narrator (voice)
- Madeline and the Mean, Nasty, Horrible Hats (1994) ... Narrator (voice)
- Madeline and the Old Violin (1994) ... Narrator (voice)
 1993 A Stranger in the Mirror (TV Movie)
Clifton Lawrence
 1990-1993 Counterstrike (TV Series)
Alexander Addington
- Bad Guys (1993) ... Alexander Addington
- Muerte (1993) ... Alexander Addington
- Peacemaker (1993) ... Alexander Addington
- The Raw Truth (1993) ... Alexander Addington
- The Contender (1993) ... Alexander Addington
 1992 Malcolm X
Chaplain Gill
 1992 Impolite
Naples O'Rorke (uncredited)
 1992 Secrets (TV Movie)
Mel Wexler
 1992 The First Circle (TV Movie)
Victor Abakumov
 1992 Liar's Edge
Harry Weldon
 1991 Berlin Lady (TV Mini-Series)
Wilhem Speer
- Episode #1.6 (1991) ... Wilhem Speer
- Episode #1.5 (1991) ... Wilhem Speer
- Episode #1.3 (1991) ... Wilhem Speer
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Wilhem Speer
- Episode #1.4 (1991) ... Wilhem Speer
 1991 Madeline in London (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1991 Madeline and the Gypsies (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1991 Rock-A-Doodle
Grand Duke (voice)
 1991 A Marriage: Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz (TV Movie)
Alfred Stieglitz
 1991 Money
Martin Yahl
 1991 Madeline and the Bad Hat (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1991 Young Catherine (TV Movie)
Sir Charles
 1991 Firehead
 1990 The Little Crooked Christmas Tree (TV Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1990 Madeline's Rescue (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1990 Madeline's Christmas (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1990 Red Blooded American Girl
Dr. John Alcore
 1990 A Ghost in Monte Carlo (TV Movie)
The Grand Duke Ivan
 1990 Where the Heart Is
 1989 Kingsgate
 1989 Nabokov on Kafka (TV Short)
Vladimir Nabokov
 1989 Mindfield
Doctor Satorius
 1989 Souvenir
Ernst Kestner
 1988 Shadow Dancing
Edmund Beaumont
 1988 Vampire in Venice
Professor Paris Catalano
 1988 Madeline (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1988 Gandahar
Metamorphis (English version, voice)
 1987 The Gnomes' Great Adventure
 1987 The Nightingale (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1987 A Hazard of Hearts (TV Movie)
Sir Giles Staverley
 1987 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Jonathan Lawrence
- Shakespeare (1987) ... Jonathan Lawrence
 1987 Dragnet
 1987 The Man Who Planted Trees (Short)
Narrator (English version, voice)
 1987 I Love N.Y.
John Robertson Yeats
 1986 Crossings (TV Mini-Series)
Armand DeVilliers
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Armand DeVilliers
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Armand DeVilliers
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Armand DeVilliers
 1986 Spearfield's Daughter (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Jack Cruze
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Lord Jack Cruze
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Lord Jack Cruze
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Lord Jack Cruze
 1986 The Tin Soldier (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1986 An American Tail
Henri (voice)
 1986 The Boss' Wife
Mr. Roalvang
 1986 The Boy in Blue
 1985 Rumpelstiltskin (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1985 David the Gnome (TV Series)
Narrator (1987) (English version, voice)
 1985 The Velveteen Rabbit (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1984 Lily in Love
Fitzroy Wynn / Roberto Terranova
 1984 Dreamscape
Bob Blair
 1984 Ordeal by Innocence
Leo Argyle
 1983 Prototype (TV Movie)
Dr. Carl Forrester
 1983 The Thorn Birds (TV Mini-Series)
Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese
- Part 4 (1983) ... Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese
- Part 3 (1983) ... Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese
- Part 2 (1983) ... Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese
- Part 1 (1983) ... Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese (credit only)
 1983 The Scarlet and the Black (TV Movie)
Col. Herbert Kappler
 1982 Little Gloria... Happy at Last (TV Movie)
Reggie Vanderbilt
 1982 Highpoint
James Hatcher
 1981 The Amateur
Professor Lakos
 1981 Dial M for Murder (TV Movie)
Tony Wendice
 1981 Eyewitness
 1981 When the Circus Came to Town (TV Movie)
Duke Royal
 1980 Desperate Voyage (TV Movie)
 1980 Somewhere in Time
William Fawcett Robinson
 1980 The Shadow Box (TV Movie)
 1979 Hanover Street
Paul Sellinger
 1979 Riel (TV Movie)
Prime Minister John A. Macdonald
 1979 Murder by Decree
Sherlock Holmes
 1978 Starcrash
The Emperor
 1978 The Silent Partner
Harry Reikle
 1978 International Velvet
John Seaton
 1977 The Disappearance
 1977 The Assignment
Kaptain Behounek
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
Herod Antipas
- Part 2 (1977) ... Herod Antipas
- Part 1 (1977) ... Herod Antipas
 1977 The Sunday Drama (TV Series)
Sherlock Holmes
- Silver Blaze (1977) ... Sherlock Holmes
 1976 Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers (TV Mini-Series)
Roscoe Heyward
- Part IV (1976) ... Roscoe Heyward
- Part III (1976) ... Roscoe Heyward
- Part II (1976) ... Roscoe Heyward
- Part I (1976) ... Roscoe Heyward
 1976 Aces High
 1975 The Man Who Would Be King
Rudyard Kipling
 1975 Atentat u Sarajevu
Archduke Ferdinand
 1975 Conduct Unbecoming
Maj. Alastair Wimbourne
 1975 The Return of the Pink Panther
Sir Charles Litton
 1975 The Spiral Staircase
Dr. Sherman
 1974 Witness to Yesterday (TV Series)
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
- The Duke of Wellington (1974) ... Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
 1974 After the Fall (TV Movie)
 1974 The Happy Prince (Short)
The Happy Prince (voice)
 1973 The Pyx
Dt. Sgt. Jim Henderson
 1971 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Don Juan
- Don Juan in Hell (1971) ... Don Juan
 1970/I Waterloo
Arthur Wellesley - Duke of Wellington
 1969 The Royal Hunt of the Sun
 1969 Battle of Britain
Squadron Leader Colin Harvey
 1969 Lock Up Your Daughters!
Lord Foppington
 1968 The Secret of Michelangelo (TV Movie)
 1968 Nobody Runs Forever
Sir James Quentin
 1968 Oedipus the King
 1967 The Night of the Generals
Field Marshal Rommel
 1966 Triple Cross
Eddie Chapman
 1965 Inside Daisy Clover
Raymond Swan
 1965 The Sound of Music
Captain Von Trapp
 1964 Hamlet at Elsinore (TV Movie)
 1962 Cyrano De Bergerac (TV Movie)
Cyrano de Bergerac
 1961/I Time Remembered (TV Movie)
Prince Albert
 1957-1961 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Rudolf Rassendyll / King Rudolf / Sir Miles Hendon
- The Prisoner of Zenda (1961) ... Rudolf Rassendyll / King Rudolf
- The Prince and the Pauper (1957) ... Sir Miles Hendon
 1960 Our American Heritage (TV Series)
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
- Autocrat and Son (1960) ... Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
 1960 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
- Our American Heritage: Autocrat and Son (1960) ... Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
- After Hours (1960)
 1960 Captain Brassbound's Conversion (TV Movie)
Captain Brassbound
 1959 The Philadelphia Story (TV Movie)
Mike Connor
 1959 A Doll's House (TV Movie)
Torvald Helmer
 1957-1959 Omnibus (TV Series) (segment) / Thomas Mendip / Oedipus (segment "Oedipus, the King")
- Prince Orestes (1959) ... (segment)
- The Lady's Not for Burning (1958) ... Thomas Mendip
- Oedipus, the King (1957) ... Oedipus (segment "Oedipus, the King")
 1958 Johnny Belinda (TV Movie)
Dr. Jack Pelletier
 1958 Wind Across the Everglades
Walt Murdock
 1958 Stage Struck
Joe Sheridan
 1958 Little Moon of Alban (TV Movie)
Kenneth Boyd
 1956 Eye on New York (TV Series)
Lewis Rohnen
- Night of the Auk (1956) ... Lewis Rohnen
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Bruce Quealy
- Even the Weariest River (1956) ... Bruce Quealy
 1956 Appointment with Adventure (TV Series)
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Walter Shelley
- A Letter from the Queen (1956) ... Walter Shelley
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Christian de Neuvillette
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1955) ... Christian de Neuvillette
 1955 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Robert Carr
- The King's Bounty (1955) ... Robert Carr
 1954 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
 1954 The Web (TV Series)
- Sheep's Clothing (1954)
 1953 Broadway Television Theatre (TV Series)
Michael O'Leary
- Dark Victory (1953) ... Michael O'Leary
 1953 Suspense (TV Series)
 1953 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
- The Gathering Night (1953) ... Dick
 1953 Encounter (TV Series)
- Othello (1953)
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He played Count Peter Zichy in Christopher Fry's play, "The Dark is Light Enough", at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with Katharine Cornell and Tyrone Power in the cast. See more »

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I was much a part of live television in the '50s. There was something terribly honest about live television and terribly dangerous and terribly risky. You were bound to learn your lines without bumping into each other, which we did a lot of. See more »


Christopher Plummer's mother Isabella was a secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University after her divorce from John Orme Plummer who sold stocks in Toronto and never lived in Montreal. In his memoir "In Spite of Myself" (2008), he writes that his mother was doubly disgraced for an upper-class woman in the 1930s, being both divorced and having to go out of work. This explains why he was... See more »


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