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Canadian theatre, film and television actor

  • Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer was born on December 13, 1929 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • He made his film debut in 1957's Stage Struck.
  • His notable early film performances include Night of the Generals, The Return of the Pink Panther, and The Man Who Would Be King.
  • Plummer has won numerous awards for his work, including an Oscar, two Emmys, two Tonys, a Golden Globe and a Bafta.
  • With his win at the age of 82 in 2012, Plummer is the oldest actor ever to win an Academy Award. He won the Actor in a supporting role category award at the 84th Academy Awards for his role in Beginners.
  • Through his mother, Plummer is a great-grandson of Canadian Prime Minister Sir John Abbott, and a great-great-grandson of Anglican clergyman and McGill acting president John Bethune.
  • His parents were divorced shortly after he was born, and he was brought up at the Abbott family home in Senneville, Quebec, outside Montreal.
  • He made his television debut in the February 1953 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation production of Othello, starring Lorne Green as the Moor.
  • He has also written for the stage, television and the concert-hall.
  • Plummer has been married three times.
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