Hollywood’s Greatest: Then and Now – Christopher Plummer Part 3

Where Is He Now?

Plummer seems to be becoming more famous now than he ever has been before, not just appealing to those who knew him as Captain Von Trapp, but becoming popular to a younger audience as well. His rise to fame to us younglings began with his appearance in Michael Mann’s Oscar-nominated film The Insider in 1999. Many predicted that Plummer would be nominated for an Oscar, but it did not happen. Plummer would go on to appear in Ron Howard’s Academy Award-winning film A Beautiful Mind in 2001 as Dr. Rosen.

Plummer’s best roles seem to have come over the past 3 years, beginning with the Best Animated Film of 2009, Up. Plummer voiced the role of villain Charles Muntz, which he describes as “an absolutely marvelous movie.” In the same year, he would also go on to appear in Shane Acker’s animated film 9, Terry Gilliam’s marvelous fantasy film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (playing the lead role of Doctor Parnassus), and Michael Hoffman’s The Last Station. The Last Station provided Plummer with his very first Oscar Nomination for his portrayal of Leo Tolstoy. He would go on to lose the Best Supporting Actor award to Christoph Waltz for his role as Colonel Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds.

At the ripe, young age of 82, Christopher Plummer has become the oldest actor to ever win an Academy Award for his supporting performance in the film Beginners. It was the 84th edition of the Oscars ceremony, which prompted Plummer to say to the award, “You’re only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all my life?” Plummer would go on to win numerous other awards for Best Supporting Actor as well, such as the Golden Globe award, BAFTA award, and numerous Critics awards. Plummer will next be seen in Stephen Frears’ Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, which focuses on Ali’s battle against the U.S. Government.


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