Christopher Plummer filmography

Christopher Plummer filmography
Photograph of Christopher Plummer
Plummer in 1964
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Christopher Plummer (1929–2021) was a Canadian film, television and stage actor. On stage, Plummer's most notable roles were that of Cyrano de Bergerac in Cyrano (1974) and as John Barrymore in Barrymore. He won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for these two roles. On film, Plummer is known for portraying Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music (1965).[1] He also appeared in Waterloo (1970), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), The Insider (1999), as Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station (2009), as Arthur Case in inside man (2006), and as J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World (2017).

Plummer provided the voice of antagonist Charles F. Muntz in the Pixar animated film Up (2009).[2]

Plummer won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Mike Mills' film Beginners (2010).

At the time of his death, he had been filming season 2 of Departure. He was set to play the lead in a film adaptation of King Lear to be filmed in summer 2021, but he died in February, thus being unable to take part in the film.[3][4]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1958 Stage Struck Joe Sheridan
Wind Across the Everglades Walt Murdock
1964 The Fall of the Roman Empire Commodus
1965 The Sound of Music Captain Georg von Trapp
Inside Daisy Clover Raymond Swan
1966 Triple Cross Eddie Chapman
1967 The Night of the Generals Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
Oedipus the King Oedipus
1968 Nobody Runs Forever Sir James Quentin
1969 Battle of Britain Squadron Leader Colin Harvey
The Royal Hunt of the Sun Atahualpa
Lock Up Your Daughters! Lord Foppington
1970 Waterloo Arthur Wellesley
1973 The Pyx Det. Sgt. Jim Henderson
1974 The Happy Prince The Happy Prince Short film
1975 The Spiral Staircase Dr. Joe Sherman
The Return of the Pink Panther Sir Charles Litton
Conduct Unbecoming Major Alastair Wimbourne
The Man Who Would Be King Rudyard Kipling
The Day That Shook the World Archduke Ferdinand of Austria
1976 Aces High Captain 'Uncle' Sinclair
1977 The Assignment Captain Behounek
The Disappearance Deverell
1978 The Silent Partner Harry Reikle
International Velvet John Seaton
1979 Starcrash The Emperor
Murder by Decree Sherlock Holmes
Hanover Street Paul Sellinger
1980 Somewhere in Time William Fawcett Robinson
1981 Eyewitness Joseph
The Amateur Professor Lakos
1984 Lily in Love Fitzroy Wynn
Roberto Terranova
Dreamscape Bob Blair
Highpoint James Hatcher
Ordeal by Innocence Leo Argyle
1986 The Boy in Blue Knox
The Boss' Wife Mr. Roalvang
An American Tail Henri Voice; Animated film [5]
The Tin Soldier Narrator Voice; Animated film
Vampire in Venice Prof. Paris Catalano
1987 Dragnet Rev. Jonathan Whirley
I Love N.Y. John Robertson Yeats
The Man Who Planted Trees Narrator Voice; Animated film
The Gnomes' Great Adventure Narrator Voice; Animated film
1988 Light Years Metamorphis
Shadow Dancing Edmund Beaumont
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind Narrator Voice; Documentary
1989 Souvenir Ernst Kestner
Mindfield Doctor Satorius
1990 Where the Heart Is Jerry
Red Blooded American Girl Dr. John Alcore
Money Martin Yahl
1991 Firehead Colonel Garland Vaughn
Rock-a-Doodle The Grand Duke of Owls Voice; Animated film [5]
Dragon and Slippers Pelican Voice; Animated film
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country General Chang
1992 Liar's Edge Harry Weldon
Impolite Naples O'Rorke
Malcolm X Chaplain Gill
1994 Wolf Raymond Alden
Crackerjack Ivan Getz
1995 Dolores Claiborne Det. John Mackey
12 Monkeys Dr. Goines
1996 The Conspiracy of Fear Joseph Wakeman
1997 Babes in Toyland Barnaby Crookedman Voice; Animated film [5]
1998 Hidden Agenda Ulrich Steiner
The First Christmas Narrator Voice;
Blackheart Holmes
The Clown at Midnight Mr. Caruthers
1999 Madeline: Lost in Paris Narrator Voice; Animated film [5]
The Insider Mike Wallace
2000 Dracula 2000 Abraham Van Helsing
2001 Lucky Break Graham Mortimer
A Beautiful Mind Dr. Rosen
Full Disclosure Robert Lecker
2002 Ararat David
Nicholas Nickleby Ralph Nickleby
2003 The Gospel of John Narrator Voice
Blizzard Santa Claus
Cold Creek Manor Mr. Massie
2004 National Treasure John Adams Gates
Alexander Aristotle
2005 Must Love Dogs Bill Nolan
Syriana Dean Whiting
The New World Captain Christopher Newport
2006 Inside Man Arthur Case
The Lake House Simon Wyler
2007 Man in the Chair Flash Madden
Closing the Ring Jack Etty
Emotional Arithmetic David Winters
Already Dead Dr. Heller
2009 Caesar and Cleopatra Julius Caesar Also executive producer
Up Charles Muntz Voice; Animated film [5]
My Dog Tulip J.R. Ackerley Voice; Animated film [5]
The Last Station Leo Tolstoy
9 1 Voice; Animated film [5]
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Doctor Parnassus
2010 Beginners Hal Fields
2011 Priest Monsignor Orelas
Barrymore John Barrymore
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Henrik Vanger
2013 The Legend of Sarila Croolik Voice; Animated film [5]
2014 Elsa & Fred Fred Barcroft
Hector and the Search for Happiness Professor Coreman
The Forger Joseph Cutter
2015 Danny Collins Frank Grubman
Pixies Pixie King Voice; Animated film [5]
Remember Zev Guttman/Otto Wallisch
2016 The Exception Kaiser Wilhelm
Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom Dr. West Voice; Animated film [5]
2017 Elegy Narrator Voice; Short film [6]
The Man Who Invented Christmas Ebenezer Scrooge
The Star King Herod Voice; Animated film [5]
All the Money in the World J. Paul Getty
Howard Lovecraft & the Undersea Kingdom Dr. West / The Pixie King Voice; Animated film
2018 Boundaries Jack Jaconi
Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness Dr. Jeffrey West Voice; Animated film [5]
2019 Cliffs of Freedom Thanasi
Knives Out Harlan Thrombey
The Last Full Measure Frank Pitsenbarger
2021 Heroes of the Golden Masks Rizzo Voice; Animated film
Posthumous release
Post film role
in year King Lear Posthumous release
Post film role


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1953 Broadway Television Theatre Michael O'Leary Episode: "Dark Victory"
1955 Kraft Television Theatre Robert Carr Episode: "The King's Bounty"
Producers' Showcase Christian de Neuvillette Episode: "Cyrano de Bergerac"
1956 General Electric Theater Walter Shelley Episode: "A Letter from the Queen"
The Alcoa Hour Bruce Quealy Episode: "Even the Weariest River"
1957–58 Omnibus Thomas Mendip/Oedipus 2 episodes
1957–61 DuPont Show of the Month Various Roles
1958 Little Moon of Alban Kenneth Boyd Television movie
1959 Johnny Belinda Dr. Jack Pelletier
A Doll's House Torvald Helmer
The Philadelphia Story Mike Connor
1960 NBC Sunday Showcase Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. 2 episodes
Captain Brassbound's Conversion Captain Brassbound Television movie
1961 Playdate Himself 13 episodes
Time Remembered Prince Albert Television movie
1962 Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac
1964 Hamlet at Elsinore Hamlet
1968 The Secret of Michelangelo Narrator (voice) TV documentary
1971 Don Juan in Hell Don Juan Television movie
1974 Witness to Yesterday Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington Episode: "The Duke of Wellington"
After the Fall Quentin Television movie
1976 The Moneychangers Roscoe Heyward TV miniseries, 4 episodes
1977 Silver Blaze Sherlock Holmes Television movie
Jesus of Nazareth Herod Antipas TV miniseries, 2 episodes
1979 Riel Sir John A. Macdonald Television movie
1980 Desperate Voyage Burrifous
The Shadow Box Brian
1981 When the Circus Came to Town Duke Royal
1981 Dial M for Murder Mark Halliday
1982 Little Gloria... Happy at Last Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt TV miniseries, 2 episodes
1983 The Scarlet and the Black Colonel Herbert Kappler Television movie
The Thorn Birds Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese TV miniseries, 3 episodes
Prototype Dr. Carl Forrester Television movie
1985 Rumpelstiltskin Narrator (voice) Voice; Television movie
The Velveteen Rabbit Narrator (voice) Voice; Television movie
1986 Crossings Armand DeVilliers TV miniseries, 3 episodes
Spearfield's Daughter Lord Jack Cruze Television movie
1987 A Hazard of Hearts Sir Giles Staverley
The Cosby Show Jonathan Lawrence Episode: "Shakespeare"
The World of David the Gnome Narrator Voice; English version
1988–91 Madeline Narrator Voice; 6 episodes
1989 Nabokov on Kafka Vladimir Nabokov Television short
1990 A Ghost in Monte Carlo The Grand Duke Ivan Television movie
1990–93 Counterstrike Alexander Addington 65 episodes
1991 Young Catherine Sir Charles Williams TV miniseries, 3 episodes
A Marriage:
Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz
Alfred Stieglitz Television movie
Berlin Lady Wilhem Speer 6 episodes
The First Circle Victor Abakumov Television movie
1992 Secrets Mel Wexler
1993 A Stranger in the Mirror Clifton Lawrence
1993–95 Madeline Narrator (voice) 33 episodes [5]
1995 Harrison Bergeron John Klaxon TV movie
1996 We the Jury Wilfred Fransiscus Television movie
Skeletons Reverend Carlyle
1997 The Arrow George Hees TV miniseries, 2 episodes
1998 Winchell Franklin D. Roosevelt Television movie
2000 Nuremberg Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe TV miniseries, 2 episodes
The Dinosaur Hunter Hump Hinton Television movie
Possessed Archbishop Hume
American Tragedy F. Lee Bailey 2 episodes
2001 Leo's Journey Narrator (voice) Television movie
On Golden Pond Norman Thayer
2002 Night Flight 'Flash' Harry Peters
Agent of Influence John Watkins
2003 Odd Job Jack Magnus the Maker Episode: "Holyland"
2005 Our Fathers Cardinal Bernard Law Television movie
Miracle Planet Narrator (voice) 6 episodes
2006 American Experience Narrator/James Tyrone Episode: "Eugene O'Neill"
2008 The Summit P.J. Aimes 2 episodes
2013 Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight John Marshall Harlan II Television movie, HBO
2019 Departure Howard Larson 6 episodes
2020 Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time Himself - Video Clue Presenter 1 episode


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1954 The Starcross Story George Phillips Royale Theatre, Broadway
1954 Home is the Hero Manchester Monagham Booth Theatre, Broadway
1955 The Dark is Light Enough Count Peter Zichy ANTA Theatre, Broadway
1955 The Lark Warwick Longacre Theatre, Broadway
1956 Night of the Auk Lewis Roheman Playhouse Theatre, Broadway
1958 J.B. Nickles ANTA Playhouse, Broadway
1963 The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Arturo Ui Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, Broadway
1965 The Royal Hunt of the Sun Francisco Pizarro ANTA Theatre, Broadway
1971 Amphitryon 38 Jean Giraudoux National Theatre, London
Directed by Laurence Olivier
1973 The Good Doctor Performer Eugene O'Neill Theatre, Broadway
1974 Cyrano Cyrano de Bergerac Palace Theatre, Broadway
1978 Drinks Before Dinner Edgar The Public Theatre, Off-Broadway
1982 Othello Iago Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway
1988 Macbeth Macbeth Mark Hellinger Theatre, Broadway
1994 No Man's Land Spooner Roundabout Theater Company, Broadway [7]
1997 Barrymore John Barrymore Music Box Theatre, Broadway [8]
2004 King Lear King Lear Vivian Beaumont Theatre, Broadway [9]
2007 Inherit the Wind Henry Drummond Lyceum Theatre, Broadway [10]

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) [5]
2012 Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure Charles Muntz (voice)

See also


  1. ^ Judy Abel (January 31, 2010). "At 80, Plummer has arrived at his 'Station'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  2. ^ Corliss, Richard (May 28, 2009). "Up, Up and Away: Another New High for Pixar". Time. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
  3. ^ Victoria Ahearn (October 9, 2002). "Christopher Plummer set to film season 2 of 'Departure' from his home due to pandemic". Toronto: City News. The Canadian Press.
  4. ^ "Des McAnuff on the 'King Lear' film Christopher Plummer was 'very passionate about'". Yahoo News. The Canadian Press. February 6, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n
  6. ^ "The Long Dark Inspires a Short Film, With Christopher Plummer's Help". August 1, 2017. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  7. ^ "No Man's Land". Variety. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  8. ^ "Tony-Winner Christopher Plummer Starts Barrymore Tour, July 11". Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  9. ^ "Christopher Plummer Is Shakespeare's Mad Monarch as King Lear Begins at Beaumont". Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  10. ^ "Plummer and Dennehy to Inherit the Wind on Broadway". Retrieved May 22, 2020.


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