Christopher Plummer Drive

A word or two

9. Christopher Plummer.mp3

It can be said that Christopher Plummer started his career at the Stratford Festival. He was in the following plays.

Christopher Plummer appeared in more than 100 films and on television, including the role of Baron von Trapp in the very popular movie The Sound of Music (1965).

He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, and in 2001, received a Governor General’s Award for lifetime achievement in the arts. In March 2017, he was honoured for lifetime achievement with a Canadian Screen Award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. He also won a British Academy Award for Beginners (2011), for which he was awarded an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2012.

His autobiography is called In Spite of Myself (2012).  For more see Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia. He died at age of 91 at his home in Connecticut after suffering a fall.

Personal Note:  I was a maintenance man at the Stratford Festival in 1962. I cleaned out the dressing rooms after every performance. One thing I liked to do while I swept Christopher's dressing room was to wear his Cyrano spare nose. By Paul Wilker

Christopher Plummer as Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac, 1962. Photo: Peter Smith

Barrymore  By Hirschfeld

We Band of Brothers

In 1988, the musicologist Christopher Palmer constructed an hour-long Shakespeare Scenario using most of the music William Walton composed for the 1944 film Henry V. Christopher Plummer narrated.

Hear his St. Crispan's Day speech at Agincourt, in Henry V, his first role at Stratford.    

08 Henry V (Adapted By Christopher P.mp3

* Christopher  Plummer was honoured with a Stratford Bronze Star placed in the sidewalk near the front of the Avon Theatre.