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Happy Birthday To Weston's Christopher Plummer

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer turns 86 on Sunday.
Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer turns 86 on Sunday. Photo Credit:

WESTON, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Weston’s Christopher Plummer!

Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer, who lives in Weston and has owned a home in Darien, turns 86 on Sunday. The Canadian theater, film and television actor was born Dec. 13, 1929, in Toronto.

Plummer made his television debut in the February 1953 Canadian Broadcasting Corp. production of "Othello." He also appeared regularly on American television throughout the 1950s on both dramatic showcase programs such as "The Alcoa Hour," "G.E. True Theater," "Kraft Theatre" and "Omnibus" as well as on episodic series. He has appeared in nearly 100 TV roles in all.

He made his film debut in 1958s "Stage Struck," and notable film performances include "The Night of the Generals," "The Return of the Pink Panther," "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," "The Man Who Would Be King," and "The Insider."

He is best known to film audiences as the autocratic widower Capt. Georg Ludwig von Trapp in the hit 1965 musical film "The Sound of Music."

In the 21st-century his film roles include "The Insider" as Mike Wallace, "Inside Man" with Denzel Washington, the Disney–Pixar 2009 film "Up" as Charles Muntz, the Shane Acker production "9" as '1', "The Last Station" as Leo Tolstoy, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" as Doctor Parnassus, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" as Henrik Vanger, and "Beginners" as Hal.

He 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 his role in "Beginners," he is the oldest actor and person ever to win an Academy Award.

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