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Christopher Plummer

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer, born on December 13, 1927 in Toronto, Ontario, is a Canadian actor. He is one of his country's most prominent and respected actors and viewed by most as one of the world's finest stage performers, particularly in roles from the pen of William Shakespeare. His international popularity came from his role as Baron Georg Von Trapp in the 1965 mega hit The Sound of Music co-starring Julie Andrews.

The great grandson of former Canadian Prime Minister Sir John Abbott, following his parents' divorce he moved with his mother to live in Senneville, Quebec, near Montreal. He studied to be a concert pianist but developed a love of the theater at an early age and began acting in High School. He went on to train for the theater with the Canadian Reporatory Company in Ottawa.

Christopher Plummer began his professional career in Canadian theater, radio in the late 1940s, performing in both in both the English and French languages. He made his Broadway debut in 1954 and has performed numerous roles at the Stratford Festival of Canada and London's West End.

From his marriage to Tony Award winning actress Tammy Grimes he has a daughter, actress Amanda Plummer.

Plummer was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1968. He was given an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from New York's Juilliard School and is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award by the Governor-General of Canada. In 1986, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame and into Canada's Walk of Fame in 1997. In an article written about his portrayal of King Lear at the Stratford Festival, the New York Times called him "the most accomplished classical actor in North America."

In 2002, he starred with Dame Julie Andrews and Charlotte Church in "A Royal Christmas," one of the largest holiday extravaganzas ever produced for the stage.

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