Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer (born December 13, 1929) is a Canadian film and stage actor best known for his role as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, and for mocking that film and his performance nearly every chance he gets (though he still considers co-star Julie Andrews one of his closest friends).
He has played a huge number of parts over his nearly 70-year career, and despite a large number of acclaimed performances, he wasn't even nominated for an Oscar until 2009, when he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station.
He won Best Supporting Actor two years later for his performance in Beginners, becoming, at 82, the oldest person at the time to ever win an Oscar.note He also received an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series, for the 1972 miniseries The Moneychangers, and a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, for his narrations of the Madeline cartoons.note At age 88 he also became the oldest person to even be nominated for an acting Oscar for All the Money in the World (in which he got cast as The Other Marty after Kevin Spacey got booted for numerous allegations of sexual abuse).
He earned Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical in 1974, for the musical Cyrano, and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play in 1997, for Barrymore. All of these awards make him one of the few actors to win an Oscar, and Emmy, and a Tony.
Plummer is a life-long Trekkie, and one of the reasons that he seems to be having so much fun chewing the scenery in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is because (in his own words), he was "in geek Heaven doing what geeks love doing: being a geek."
He is the father of actress Amanda Plummer, who should not be confused with Amanda Palmer.
- The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) — Emperor Commodus
- The Sound of Music (1965) — Captain Von Trapp
- Waterloo (1970) — Sir Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
- The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) — Sir Charles Lytton
- The Man Who Would Be King (1975) — Rudyard Kipling
- Starcrash (1978) — The Emperor note
- Murder by Decree (1979) — Sherlock Holmes
- Dreamscape (1984) — Bob Blair
- An American Tail (1986) — Henri
- Dragnet (1987) — Reverend Jonathan Whirley
- Rock-A-Doodle (1991) — Grand Duke
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1992) — General Chang
- Malcolm X (1992) — Chaplain Gill
- Wolf (1994) — Raymond Alden
- 12 Monkeys (1995) — Dr. Goines
- The Insider (1999) — Mike Wallace
- Nuremberg (2000) — Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe
- Dracula 2000 (2000) — Abraham Van Helsing
- A Beautiful Mind (2001) — Dr. Rosen
- National Treasure (2004) — John Adams Gates
- Alexander (2004) — Aristotle
- Inside Man (2006) — Arthur Case
- The Lake House (2006) — Simon Wyler
- Up (2009) — Charles Muntz
- The Last Station (2009) — Leo Tolstoy
- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) — Doctor Parnassus
- 9 (2009) — #1
- Beginners (2010) - Hal Fields
- Priest (2011) — Monsignor Orelas
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) — Henrik Vanger
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim- Arngeir
- Remember (2015) — Zev Guttman
- The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) — Ebenezer Scrooge
- All the Money in the World (2017) — J. Paul Gettynote