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The Sound of Music’s Captain Von Trapp may be the oldest Oscar-winning actor, but his early beginnings were in the theatre.
Christopher Plummer
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Roger De Koven, Boris Karloff, Michael Higgins, Christopher Plummer, and Paul Roebling in the 1955 production of The Lark ©NYPL for the Performing Arts

Christopher Plummer made his Broadway debut in 1954 in The Starcross Story at the age of 24. Since then, he’s gone on to a career spanning more than five decades—collecting hardware along the way. In fact, in 2010 when he won his first Oscar for Beginners at the age of 82, he became the oldest actor to win the award. Now, Plummer has earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in All The Money In The World. If he wins, the 88-year-old will make history again: this time as the oldest Golden Globe winner ever.


With 16 Broadway credits and appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Plummer is a force of stage and screen. Throughout the 1950s, Plummer was a regular on Broadway, starring in plays like Home Is the Hero, The Dark Is Light Enough, The Lark, Night of the Auk, and J.B., for which he earned a Tony nomination. Between 1963 and 1973, he starred in four more plays, including the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac, for which he won both the Drama Desk and the Tony Award. In 1982, he tackled Iago in Othello, winning the Drama Desk and earning a Tony nomination. He played the titular role in Macbeth in 1988, and moved from Shakespeare to Pinter in the 1994 revival of No Man’s Land, earning his third Tony nomination. Though he didn’t win, he did win for his next appearance, in Barrymore.

He followed that up with the title role in King Lear in 2004, again earning nominations for both the Drama Desk and the Tony. In 2007, Plummer made his most recent appearance on Broadway in Inherit the Wind, earning nominations for (you guessed it) both the Drama Desk and Tony Awards. In 2014, he was recognized with the Theatre World Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Though he never played the role in the stage adaptation, Plummer will forever be Captain Von Trapp to Julie Andrews’ Maria in the beloved The Sound of Music film; his “Edelweiss” is an iconic lullaby. Plummer does have one Golden Globe already on his shelf—the one for Beginners that preceded his Oscar. We’ll see if he can beat out the competition come January 7.

Tune in to the 75th Golden Globe Awards January 7 8PM ET on NBC.

Jon Hamm, Juliana Margulies, Josh Radnor and More Honor Christopher Plummer

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