Celebrating the life and theatre, film and TV times of this charming Canadian actor…
It’s my last blogathon for 2022, and join me and my Bond’s Blogathons hostess as we review all things Christopher Plummer.
When the always lovely Gabriela from Pale Writer asked me if I wanted to join her in a tribute to the lovely Christopher Plummer, I agreed without any hesitation. 5 years ago in 2017, Sean Munger held a blogathon tribute to this actor, so I asked his permission to use this topic, he said yes… and here we are announcing our blogathon which will be held from the 10th to 12th December 2022.
But it’s now time for a wee bit about the man himself… and his 7 decades long often Award-winning and nominated career, where he has entertained us on the stage, in the movies and on TV. After his first role on stage in 1948, his first one-night-only Broadway role was in 1953 in The Starcross Story.
A debut film followed in Star Struck (1958) with Henry Fonda and Susan Strasberg, and for his final role, he worked on the TV disaster series, Departure (2019). Big names he worked with over his career included Karen Black, Donald Sutherland, Daniel Craig, John Cusack, Christopher Reeve and Harrison Ford.
His versatile career has included everything from murder mysteries, comedies, horror, war films, romance and musicals. His most famous role was one where he played the “Captain with 7 children” who falls for an all singing all dancing wannabe nun. In this role as Georg Von Trapp in the musical, The Sound of Music (1965) his singing skills were dubbed over.
Other roles included one as a Hollywood great such as John Barrymore, Sherlock Holmes in Murder by Decree (1979) and as the cuckolded husband in the romantic triangle, Hanover Street (1979). He is also remembered as villains such as his role in the sci-fi with Dennis Quaid and Kate Capshaw in Dreamscape (1984) and with Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve in the time travel romance Somewhere in Time (1980).
He is also remembered for adding his presence as the voice of Rudyard Kipling in The Man Who Would Be King (1975) which starred Michael Caine and Sean Connery. Plummer gallantly stepped in to replace the lead in the biopic role of J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World (2017) where he starred with his namesake Charlie Plummer, Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams.
In his early career, he worked with a long-term friend and his one-time understudy, William Shatner who he later joined in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). On TV he joined the ensemble cast of mini-series including Jesus of Nazareth (1977) and The Thorn Birds (1983) mini-series. He also took on a role in Dial M for Murder (1981) with Angie Dickinson in this Hitchcock remake.
In a change of casting, he joined Julie Andrews once again in On Golden Pond in a TV production taking on the role that his first co-star Henry Fonda took in the original 1981 film. Despite his apparent hatred of The Sound of Music (1965), in the role of George von Trapp and this the film which catapulted him into stardom, Plummer and his leading lady had a warm friendship that lasted years. It’s over these years – and before and after – that we celebrate his life in the movies, on TV and on the stage and now do come and join us…
Here are the blogathon rules…
- You can review ANY of Christopher Plummer’s films or TV shows, episodes, min series or TV Movies. Or if you want to review his autobiography or topics, that’s ok with us too. Or you can write biographical posts as long as they stay respectful.
- We will allow two duplicates for each topic be it a movie, book or TV Show. You can only write on those previously mentioned if they are in a list or retrospective review. But you can, of course, mention other films and TV in your post. A maximum of three posts per person is allowed.
- Review choices can be added as a comment on this page or you can contact me on my Contact Me page – please add the name and URL of your blog along with your choice of movie/book or TV choice. Or you can send me a Direct Message on Twitter.
- We won’t accept posts that are uncomplimentary or disrespectful to this actor.
- Add your Twitter username so we can promote your post.
- You can also add podcasts, but only if you send me the podcast link on my Contact Me page.
- A full list of blogs, podcasters and review choices will be posted on a separate page and updated regularly.
- Only original, never before published posts will be accepted.
- Send your link to your post link/podcast/video to Gabriela or me on the days of the blogathon.
- Note we will be publishing all the links on both blogs on each day of the blogathon. As we both have completely different time zones this may mean you turn up on two days depending on when you add your post.
- All post choices must be confirmed with Gabriela and I first or they won’t be added to the blogathon. It is not fair to others otherwise.
These are my and Gabriela’s choices…
Realweegiemidget Reviews… Knives Out (2019)
Pale Writer… Murder by Decree (1979)
and the Who’s Doing What page is HERE…
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Hope to hear from you soon…