Christopher Plummer

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Christopher Plummer
BornArthur Christopher Orme Plummer
(1929-12-13) December 13, 1929 (age 85)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Home townSenneville, Quebec, Canada
Spouse(s)Tammy Grimes (m. 1956; div. 1960)
Patricia Lewis (m. 1962; div. 1967)
Elaine Taylor (m. 1968)
ChildrenAmanda Plummer
RelativesJohn Abbott (great-grandfather)
AwardsOscar, Tony, Emmy, SAG, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe and Drama Desk
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Christopher Plummer
BornArthur Christopher Orme Plummer
(1929-12-13) December 13, 1929 (age 85)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Home townSenneville, Quebec, Canada
Spouse(s)Tammy Grimes (m. 1956; div. 1960)
Patricia Lewis (m. 1962; div. 1967)
Elaine Taylor (m. 1968)
ChildrenAmanda Plummer
RelativesJohn Abbott (great-grandfather)
AwardsOscar, Tony, Emmy, SAG, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe and Drama Desk

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer CC (born December 13, 1929) is a Canadian theatre, film and television actor. After making his film debut in 1958's Stage Struck, Plummer went on to successful film career that has spanned over five decades. Some of his most notable film performances include roles in films such as The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), Murder by Decree (1979), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Nicholas Nickleby (2002), The New World (2005), Inside Man (2006), Up (2009), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). He has notably portrayed several historical figures including Rudyard Kipling in The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Mike Wallace in The Insider (1999), and Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station (2009).

In a career that includes substantial roles in each of the dramatic arts, Plummer is probably best known to film audiences as the autocratic widower Captain Georg Johannes von Trapp in the hit 1965 musical film The Sound of Music alongside Julie Andrews.[1] Plummer has also ventured into various television projects, including the miniseries The Thorn Birds.

Plummer has won numerous awards and accolades for his work, including an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, and a BAFTA Award. With his win at the age of 82 in 2012 for Beginners, Plummer is the oldest actor and person ever to win an Academy Award.

Early life[edit]

Plummer was born on December 13, 1929 in Toronto, Ontario, the only child of Isabella Mary (née Abbott) and John Orme Plummer, who was secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University. Through his mother, Plummer is a great-grandson of Canadian Prime Minister Sir John Abbott,[2] and a great-great-grandson of Anglican clergyman and McGill acting president John Bethune.[3] Plummer's parents were divorced shortly after his birth, and he was brought up at the Abbott family home in Senneville, Quebec, outside Montreal. He is bilingual, speaking English and French fluently.[4][5] Plummer is a second cousin of actor Nigel Bruce, the British actor, best known as Doctor Watson to Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes, and Bruce's brother, Sir Michael Bruce, baronet and journalist.[3]

He had studied to be a concert pianist, but developed a love for the theatre at an early age. He began acting while he was living on Pine Avenue in Montreal and attending Montreal High.[6][7] Plummer took up acting after seeing Laurence Olivier's film Henry V (1944).[8]

In 1946, his performance as Mr. Darcy in the production of Pride and Prejudice at Montreal High brought Christopher Plummer to the attention of Herbert Whittaker, the theatre critic of the Montreal Gazette. Whittaker, who was also amateur stage director the Montreal Repertory Theatre, cast Plummer, aged 18, as Oedipus in Cocteau's La Machine infernale.[9][10][11]


Plummer did his apprenticeship with the Canadian Repertory Company (Ottawa, Ontario) from 1948–50, appearing in 75 roles, including Cymbeline in 1948 and The Rivals in 1950. He acted with the Bermuda Repertory Theatre in 1952, appearing in many plays, including The Playboy of the Western World, The Royal Family, The Little Foxes, The Petrified Forest and The Constant Wife.


Plummer made his Broadway debut in January 1953 in The Starcross Story, a show that closed on opening night. His next Broadway appearance, Home is the Hero, lasted 30 performances in September–October 1954. He appeared in support of Broadway legend Katharine Cornell and film legend Tyrone Power in The Dark is Light Enough, which lasted 69 performances in February–April 1955. The play toured several cities, with Plummer serving as Power's understudy. (In his autobiography, Plummer stated that Cornell was his "sponsor".[clarification needed][3]) Later that same year, he appeared in his first Broadway hit, opposite Julie Harris (who won a Tony Award) in Jean Anouilh's The Lark. After appearing in Night of the Auk, which was not a success, Plummer appeared in Elia Kazan's successful Broadway production of Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer Prize-winning play J.B.; Plummer was nominated for his first Tony as Best Actor in Play. (J.B. also won Tonies as Best Play and for Kazan's direction.)

Plummer appeared less frequently on Broadway in the 1960s as he moved from New York to London. He appeared in the title role in a 1963 production of Bertolt Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, which did not succeed, but he had a great success in Peter Shaffer's The Royal Hunt of the Sun, playing conquistador Francisco Pizarro to David Carradine's Tony Award-nominated Atahuallpa. (In the 1969 film adaptation, Plummer would take the title role.) From May to June 1973, he appeared on Broadway as the title character in Cyrano, a musical adaptation of Edmond Rostand's 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac by Anthony Burgess and Michael J. Lewis. For that performance, Plummer won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance. Later that year, he played Anton Chekhov in Neil Simon's adaptation of several Chekhov short stories, The Good Doctor.[citation needed]

In the 1980s, he appeared on Broadway in two Shakespearean tragedies, Othello, playing Iago to James Earl Jones' Moor, and the title role in Macbeth with Glenda Jackson playing his lady. His Iago brought him another Tony nomination. He appeared with Jason Robards in the 1994 revival of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land and had great success in 1997 in Barrymore, which he also toured with after a successful Broadway run. His turn as John Barrymore brought him his second Tony Award (this time as Best Actor in Play) and a Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Actor in a Play. He was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for his 2004 King Lear and for a Tony playing Henry Drummond in the 2007 revival of Inherit the Wind.[citation needed]

Stratford Festival[edit]

Plummer made his debut at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in 1956, playing the title role in Henry V, which subsequently was performed that year at the Edinburgh Festival. He played the title role in Hamlet and Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night at Stratford in 1957. The following year, he played Leontes in The Winter's Tale, Bardolph, in Henry IV, Part 1, and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. In 1960, he played Philip the Bastard in King John and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. In 1962, he played the title roles in both Cyrano de Bergerac and Macbeth, returning in 1967 to play Mark Antony in Antony and Cleopatra.[12]

In 2002, he appeared in a lauded production of King Lear, directed by Jonathan Miller.[13] The production successfully transferred to New York City's Lincoln Center in 2004.[14] He returned to the stage at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in August 2008 in a critically acclaimed performance as Julius Caesar in George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra directed by Tony winner Des McAnuff; this production was videotaped and shown in high-definition in Canadian cinemas on January 31, 2009 (with an encore presentation on February 23, 2009) and broadcast on April 4, 2009 on Bravo! in Canada. Plummer returned to the Stratford Festival in the summer of 2010 in The Tempest as the lead character, Prospero (also videotaped and shown in high-def in cinemas), and again in the summer of 2012 in the one-man show, A Word or Two, an autobiographical exploration of his love of literature. In 2014 Plummer presented A Word or Two again, at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.[15]

United Kingdom[edit]

In April 1961, he appeared as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He also appeared with the RSC in May 1961 in the lead role of Richard III. He made his London debut on June 11, 1961 playing King Henry II in Jean Anouilh's Becket with the RSC at the Aldwych Theatre, directed by Peter Hall. The production later transferred to the Globe for a December 1961 to April 1962 run.[12] For his performance, Plummer won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor.[16]

From June 1971 to January 1972, he appeared at the National Theatre, acting in repertory for the season. The plays he appeared in where Jean Giraudoux's Amphitryon 38 directed by Laurence Olivier;[17] Georg Büchner's Danton's Death (director Jonathan Miller); Adrian Mitchell's Tyger; Luigi Pirandello's The Rules of the Game; and Eugene O'Neill' Long Day's Journey Into Night at the New Theatre in London.[18]

Other venues[edit]

Edward Everett Horton hired Plummer to appear as Gerard in the 1953 road show production of André Roussin's Nina,[19] a role originated on Broadway by David Niven in 1951.[20] He appeared as Jason opposite Dame Judith Anderson in Robinson Jeffers' adaptation of Medea at the Theatre Sara Bernhardt in Paris in 1955. The American National Theatre and Academy production, directed by Guthrie McClintic, was part of Le Festival International.

Also in 1955, he played Mark Antony in Julius Caesar and Ferdinand in The Tempest at the American Shakespeare Festival (Stratford, Connecticut). He returned to the American Shakespeare Festival in 1981 to play the title role in Henry V.[12]

Plummer appeared in Lovers and Madmen at the Opera House, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. in 1973 and in Love and Master Will at the same venue in 1975.[21] Love and Master Will consisted of selections from the works of William Shakespeare on the subject of love, arranged by Plummer. His co-stars were Zoe Caldwell, Bibi Andersson, and Leonard Nimoy. Plummer played "Edgar" in E.L. Doctorow's Drinks before Dinner with the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Public/Newman Theatre in New York City in 1978.


Photograph by Carl Van Vechten, 1959

Plummer's film career began in 1958 when Sidney Lumet cast him as a young writer in Stage Struck. That same year, he also appeared in Nicholas Ray's film of Budd Schulberg's Wind Across the Everglades. He did not appear on screen again for six years, until he appeared as the Emperor Commodus in Anthony Mann's epic The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964). His next film, the Oscar-winning The Sound of Music made cinematic history, becoming the all-time top-grossing film, eclipsing Gone With the Wind.[22]

Since then, he has appeared in a vast number of notable films, including Inside Daisy Clover (1965), The Night of the Generals (cameo as Field Marshal Erwin Rommel) (1967), Oedipus the King (1968), The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969), Battle of Britain (1970), Waterloo (1970), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), The Silent Partner (1978), International Velvet (1978), Murder by Decree (1979), Somewhere in Time (1980), Eyewitness (1981), Dragnet (1987), Shadow Dancing (1988), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Malcolm X (1992), Wolf (1994), Dolores Claiborne (1995), 12 Monkeys (1995), Syriana (2005), The New World (2005) and The Lake House (2006). In addition, Plummer was cast to replace Rex Harrison for the film adaptation of Doctor Dolittle. This decision was later reversed, but Plummer was nonetheless paid $87,500 for signing the contract. At the same time, Plummer was performing in the stage play The Royal Hunt of the Sun and his whole Dolittle participation was so brief that Plummer never missed a performance.[23] In 2004, during the filming of The New World, director Terrence Malick forced Plummer to climb a tall oak tree. The task was very difficult for Plummer, who was 74 at the time, and took 3 unsuccessful attempts before Malick was satisfied with his performance. This footage was not used in the final film.

One of Plummer's most critically acclaimed roles was that of television journalist Mike Wallace in Michael Mann's Oscar-nominated The Insider (1999), for which he won Boston, Los Angeles, and National Society of Film Critics' Awards for Best Supporting Actor; he was also nominated for Chicago and Las Vegas Film Critics' Awards, as well as a Satellite Award, though the predictions of an Oscar nomination never materialised.[24]

In January 2010, Plummer received his first Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of author Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station (2009).[25] Speaking to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in an interview that aired on March 7, 2010,[26] Plummer added, tongue-in-cheek, "Well, I said it's about time! I mean, I'm 80 years old, for God's sake. Have mercy." On Oscar night, March 7, 2010, however, he lost to Christoph Waltz.[27]

In 2012, he was nominated for his second Academy Award, again for Best Supporting Actor, for his performance in Beginners. He won the award on Oscar night, the 84th edition of the ceremony. This made him, at age 82, the oldest actor to win an Oscar. When he accepted the award, he responded: "You're only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all my life?"[28]

Other recent successes include his roles as Dr. Rosen in Ron Howard's Academy Award-winning A Beautiful Mind (2001), Arthur Case in Spike Lee's 2006 film Inside Man, and the philosopher Aristotle in Alexander, alongside Colin Farrell. In 2004, Plummer played John Adams Gates in National Treasure.

Plummer has also done some voice work, such as his role of Henri the pigeon in An American Tail, the villainous Grand Duke of Owls in Rock-a-Doodle, the antagonistic Charles Muntz in Up and the elder leader 1 in the Tim Burton-produced action/science fiction film 9. He also served as the narrator in Philip Saville's 2003 film The Gospel of John.


In 1963, he was the subject of a short National Film Board of Canada documentary, 30 Minutes, Mister Plummer, directed by Anne Claire Poirier.[29]

In 2011, he appeared in the feature length documentary The Captains. The film, written and directed by William Shatner, sees Shatner interview Plummer at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Theatre where they talk about their young careers, long lasting friendship, and Plummer's role as Chang in Star Trek VI. The film references that Shatner, two years Plummer's junior, was the other's understudy in a production of Henry V at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. When Plummer had fallen ill, [clarification needed] Shatner took the stage, earning his first big break.[30]

The Sound of Music[edit]

Owing to the box office success and continued popularity of The Sound of Music (1965), Plummer remains widely known for his portrayal of Captain Von Trapp, a role he later described as "so awful and sentimental and gooey".[31] He found all aspects of making the film, except working with Andrews, unpleasant and avoids using its name, instead calling it "that movie", "S&M", or "The Sound of Mucus".[32][33] He declined to attend the 40th Anniversary cast reunion, but did provide commentary on the 2005 DVD release. Plummer relented in 2010 for the 45th anniversary, and appeared with the full cast on The Oprah Winfrey Show on October 28, 2010.

Said Plummer of the film and his role in a December 2009 interview, "I was a bit bored with the character [of Captain Von Trapp]", said Plummer. "Although we worked hard enough to make him interesting, it was a bit like flogging a dead horse. And the subject matter is not mine. I mean, it can’t appeal to every person in the world."[1] However, Plummer admits the film itself was well made and, despite his reservations, is proud to be associated with a film with such mass appeal. "The world has seen [The Sound of Music] so many times. And there's a whole new generation every year—poor kids—that have to sit through it [laughs]. But it was a very well-made movie, and it's a family movie and we haven't seen a family movie, I don't think, on that scale for ages. I don’t mind that. It just happened to be not my particular cup of tea."[34] His singing voice was mostly dubbed by Bill Lee.[35]


Plummer made his television debut in the February 1953 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation production of Othello, starring Lorne Greene as the Moor.[36] He appeared regularly on American television throughout the 1950s, appearing on both dramatic showcase programs like The Alcoa Hour, G.E. True Theater, Kraft Theatre and Omnibus and episodic series. In 1956, he appeared with Jason Robards and Constance Ford in an episode entitled "A Thief There Was" of CBS's anthology series Appointment with Adventure.

In 1958, he appeared in the live television drama Little Moon of Alban with Julie Harris, for which he received his first Emmy Award nomination. He also appeared with Harris in the 1958 TV adaptation of Johnny Belinda and played Torvald Helmer to Harris' Nora in a 1959 television version of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House.

He also starred in the TV adaptations of Philip Barry's The Philadelphia Story (1959), George Bernard Shaw's Captain Brassbound's Conversion (1960), Jean Anouilh's Time Remembered (playing the role of Prince Albert originated by Richard Burton on Broadway[37]), and Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac (1962). In 1964, his performance of the Gloomy Dane in the BBC production Hamlet at Elsinore garnered his second Emmy nomination.[38] Another notable play in which he appeared was the 1974 adaptation of Arthur Miller's After the Fall, in which he played Quentin (a part originated on Broadway by Jason Robards[39]) opposite Faye Dunaway's Maggie.

He has appeared in almost 100 TV roles in all, including appearances as Herod Antipas in Jesus of Nazareth, the five-time Emmy Award-winning The Thorn Birds, the Emmy-winning Nuremberg, the Emmy-winning Little Moon of Alban and the Emmy-winning Moneychangers (for which he won his first Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series).[40]

He co-starred in American Tragedy as F. Lee Bailey (for which he received a Golden Globe Nomination), and appeared in Four Minute Mile, Miracle Planet, and a documentary by Ric Burns about Eugene O'Neill. He received an Emmy nomination for his performance in Our Fathers and reunited with Julie Andrews for a television production of On Golden Pond. He was the narrator for The Gospel of John. He also co-starred with Gregory Peck in The Scarlet and The Black.

He narrated the animated television series Madeline, for which he received an Emmy,[41] as well as the animated television series David the Gnome.

Other works[edit]

Plummer has also written for the stage, television and the concert-hall. He and Sir Neville Marriner rearranged Shakespeare's Henry V with Sir William Walton's music as a concert piece. They recorded the work with Marriner's chamber orchestra the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He performed it and other works with the New York Philharmonic and symphony orchestras of London, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax. With Marriner he made his Carnegie Hall debut in his own arrangements of Mendelssohn's incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream.

In 2000 he reprised his role from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in Star Trek: Klingon Academy and in 2011, he took his second video game role as the narrator for the reveal trailer for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, as well as doing the voice of Arngeir, leader of the Greybeards, in said game.[citation needed]

Honours and awards[edit]

Plummer has won many honours in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Austria. He was the first winner of Canada's Genie Award, for Best Actor in Murder by Decree (1980) and has received three other Genie nominations. Plummer has won two Tony Awards (from seven nominations), and two Emmy Awards (six nominations) in the United States, and Great Britain's Evening Standard Awards.[citation needed]

In 1968, he was invested as Companion of the Order of Canada, at the time among Canada's highest civilian honours. In 2001, he received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts.[42] He was made an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at New York's Juilliard School and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, McGill University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Ottawa, and most recently the University of Guelph. Plummer was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1986 and into Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto in 1998.[43]

His awards include the following:

Personal life[edit]

Plummer has been married three times. His first marriage, to Tony Award-winning actress Tammy Grimes, was in 1956 and lasted four years. The couple's daughter, Amanda Plummer (born 1957), is an acclaimed actress in her own right, but (as he mentions in his autobiography) he had no contact with her during her early and teenage years. They now maintain a friendly relationship. Plummer was married to journalist Patricia Lewis from May 4, 1962 until their divorce in 1967. He and his third wife, British dancer and actress Elaine Taylor, have been married since 1968 and live in a 100-year-old converted farm house in Connecticut.[44]

In a 2005 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Plummer maintained that in their early days he and his fellow actors did not drink to excess "because we had problems... Nonsense! Actually, I was taught as a child to drink. I came from a family that loved wine. I was twelve, I think, when I was drinking wine with dinner."[45]

Plummer's memoir, In Spite of Myself, was published by Knopf Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., in November 2008.[3]

Plummer is a patron of Theatre Museum Canada.[46]


1958Stage StruckJoe Sheridan
1958Wind Across the EvergladesWalt Murdock
1958Little Moon of AlbanKenneth BoydNominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1959A Doll's HouseTorvald HelmerLive TV drama
1962Cyrano de BergeracCyrano de Bergerac
1964Fall of the Roman Empire, TheThe Fall of the Roman EmpireCommodus
1964Hamlet at ElsinoreHamletNominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1965Sound of Music, TheThe Sound of MusicCaptain von Trapp
1966Inside Daisy CloverRaymond Swan
1966Triple CrossEddie Chapman
1967Night of the Generals, TheThe Night of the GeneralsField Marshal Erwin Rommel
1968Oedipus the KingOedipus
1968Nobody Runs ForeverSir James Quentin
1969Battle of BritainSquadron Leader Colin Harvey
1969The Royal Hunt of the SunAtahualpa
1969Lock Up Your Daughters!Lord Foppington
1970WaterlooArthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
1971Don Juan in HellDon Juan
1973Pyx, TheThe PyxDt. Sgt. Jim Henderson
1974After the FallQuentin
1974The Happy PrinceThe Happy Prince
1975Spiral Staircase, TheThe Spiral StaircaseDr. Joe Sherman
1975Return of the Pink Panther, TheThe Return of the Pink PantherSir Charles Litton
1975Conduct UnbecomingMaj. Alastair Wimbourne
1975Man Who Would Be King, TheThe Man Who Would Be KingRudyard Kipling
1975Day That Shook the World, TheThe Day That Shook the WorldArchduke Ferdinand of Austria
1976Aces HighCapt. 'Uncle' Sinclair
1976Arthur Hailey's the MoneychangersRoscoe HeywardPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1977Jesus of NazarethHerod Antipas
1977Assignment, TheThe AssignmentCaptain Behounek
1977Disappearance, TheThe DisappearanceDeverell
1977Silver BlazeSherlock Holmes
1978Silent Partner, TheThe Silent PartnerHarry Reikle
1978International VelvetJohn Seaton
1979Murder by DecreeSherlock HolmesGenie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
1979RielJohn A. Macdonald
1979Hanover StreetPaul Sellinger
1980Desperate VoyageBurrifous
1980Shadow Box, TheThe Shadow BoxBrian
1980Somewhere in TimeWilliam Fawcett Robinson
1981When the Circus Came to TownDuke Royal
1981Amateur, TheThe AmateurProfessor LakosNominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
1982Little Gloria... Happy at LastReggie Vanderbilt
1983Scarlet and the Black, TheThe Scarlet and the BlackCol. Herbert Kappler
1983Thorn Birds, TheThe Thorn BirdsArchbishop Vittorio Contini-VercheseNominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1983PrototypeDr. Carl Forrester
1984Lily in LoveFitzroy Wynn / Roberto TerranovaAlternative English title: Playing for Keeps, Hungarian title: Játszani kell, directed by Károly Makk
1984DreamscapeBob Blair
1984HighpointJames Hatcher
1984Terror in the AislesArchival appearance
1984Ordeal by InnocenceLeo Argyle
1985World of David the Gnome, TheThe World of David the GnomeNarrator
1986Boy in Blue, TheThe Boy in BlueKnox
1986CrossingsArmand DeVilliers
1986Boss' Wife, TheThe Boss' WifeMr. Roalvang
1986American Tail, AnAn American TailHenriVoice talent
1986Spearfield's DaughterLord Jack Cruze
1986Vampire in VeniceProfessor Paris Catalano
1987DragnetReverend Jonathan Whirley
1987Hazard of Hearts, AA Hazard of HeartsSir Giles Staverley
1987Man Who Planted Trees, TheThe Man Who Planted TreesNarrator
1987Gnomes' Great Adventure, TheThe Gnomes' Great AdventureNarrator
1988Light YearsMetamorphis
1988Shadow DancingEdmund Beaumont
1988Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind, TheThe Making of a Legend: Gone with the WindNarrator
1988I Love N.Y.John Robertson Yeats
1989SouvenirErnst Kestner
1989Nabokov on KafkaVladimir Nabokov
1989MindfieldDoctor Satorius
1990Where the Heart IsJerry
1990Ghost in Monte Carlo, AA Ghost in Monte CarloThe Grand Duke Ivan
1990Red Blooded American GirlDr. John Alcore
1990MoneyMartin Yahl
1990CounterstrikeAlexander Addington
1991FireheadCol. Garland Vaughn
1991Young CatherineSir Charles
1991Marriage: Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, AA Marriage: Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred StieglitzAlfred Stieglitz
1991Rock-a-DoodleGrand DukeVoice talent
1991Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered CountryGeneral Chang
1991Berlin LadyWilhem Speer
1991First Circle, TheThe First CircleVictor Abakumov
1992SecretsMel Wexler
1992ImpoliteNaples O'RorkeNominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
1992Malcolm XChaplain Gill
1992Liar's EdgeHarry Weldon
1993Sidney Sheldon's A Stranger in the MirrorClifton Lawrence
1993Little Crooked Christmas Tree, TheThe Little Crooked Christmas Tree
1993MadelineNarratorPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
1994WolfRaymond Alden
1994CrackerjackIvan Getz
1995Dolores ClaiborneDet. John Mackey
1995Harrison BergeronJohn Klaxon
199512 MonkeysDr. Goines
1996We the JuryWilfred Fransiscus
1996SkeletonsR. Carlyle
1996Conspiracy of Fear, TheThe Conspiracy of FearJoseph Wakeman
1997Arrow, TheThe ArrowGeorge Hees
1997Babes in ToylandBarnaby CrookedmanVoice talent
1998WinchellFranklin D. Roosevelt
1998Hidden AgendaUlrich Steiner
1998First Christmas, TheThe First ChristmasNarrator
1998Clown at Midnight, TheThe Clown at MidnightMr. Caruthers
1999Celebrate the Century
1999Madeline: Lost in ParisNarrator
1999Insider, TheThe InsiderMike WallaceBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
2000NurembergSir David Maxwell-Fyfe
2000Dinosaur Hunter, TheThe Dinosaur HunterHump Hinton
2000PossessedArchbishop Hume
2000American TragedyF. Lee BaileyNominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2000Dracula 2000Abraham Van Helsing
2000Star Trek: Klingon AcademyGeneral ChangVideo game
2001Leo's JourneyNarrator
2001On Golden PondNorman Thayer
2001Lucky BreakGraham Mortimer
2001Beautiful Mind, AA Beautiful MindDr. RosenNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2001Full DisclosureRobert Lecker
2002Night Flight'Flash' Harry Peters
2002AraratDavidNominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
2002Agent of InfluenceJohn Watkins
2002Nicholas NicklebyRalph NicklebyNational Board of Review Award for Best Cast
2003BlizzardSanta ClausNominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
2003Gospel of John, TheThe Gospel of JohnNarrator
2003Cold Creek ManorMr. Massie
2004National TreasureJohn Adams Gates
2005Our FathersCardinal Bernard LawTelevision film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2005Must Love DogsBill Nolan
2005SyrianaDean Whiting
2005New World, TheThe New WorldCaptain Newport
2006Inside ManArthur Case
2006Lake House, TheThe Lake HouseSimon Wyler
2007Man in the ChairFlash Madden
2007Closing the RingJack
2007Emotional ArithmeticDavid WintersNominated—Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
2007Already DeadDr. Heller
2008The SummitP.J. AimesTV Miniseries: 2 Episodes
2009Caesar and CleopatraJulius CaesarAlso executive producer
2009UpCharles MuntzVoice talent
2009My Dog TulipJ. R. AckerleyVoice talent
200991Voice talent
2009Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, TheThe Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusDoctor Parnassus
2009Last Station, TheThe Last StationLeo TolstoyNominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
2010BeginnersHalAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor[47]
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Detroit Film Critics Society for Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actor
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Indiana Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor(runner-up)
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor(runner-up)
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor[48]
2011PriestMonsignor Orelas
2011BarrymoreJohn Barrymore
2011Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheThe Girl with the Dragon TattooHenrik Vanger
2011The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimArngeirVideo game, voice talent
2013Muhammad Ali's Greatest FightJohn Marshall Harlan IITV film
2013The Legend of SarilaCroolikVoice talent
2014Hector and the Search for HappinessProfessor Coreman
2014Elsa & FredFred Barcroft
2014Danny CollinsFilming

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