Whether you think of him as Captain von Trapp, John Barrymore, Archbishop Vittorio or even the Shakespeare-spouting Klingon general Chang, there’s no doubt Christopher Plummer’s career has been jam-packed with memorable performances.
The iconic Canadian actor will be recognized for his wide-ranging career with a lifetime achievement honour at the upcoming Canadian Screen Awards.
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, which administers the annual awards celebrating homegrown productions, made the announcement Tuesday morning.
“Every year, the academy has the honour of celebrating those who have made immense contributions to our cultural landscape through their artistry,” academy chair Martin Katz said in a statement.
“Christopher Plummer is one of the greatest actors of his generation who has delighted audiences with his iconic performances. We are elated to have him as this year’s distinct guest of honour.”
Plummer was among the guests at the 2016 ceremony, taking the stage to present the award for the year’s best film.
Star of stage and screen
Toronto-born, Montreal-raised Plummer, 87, began his show business career performing on radio and in theatre.
He’s delivered unforgettable, award-winning stage performances — including acclaimed turns in Cyrano, Barrymore, King Lear and Inherit the Wind — at Canada’s Stratford Festival, on Broadway as well as in London’s West End.
Over the years, he’s also had a prodigious slate of movie and TV roles, from the famed miniseries The Thorn Birds to the beloved musical The Sound of Music to films as varied as Star Trek VI:The Undiscovered Country, The Insider, Up, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and The Last Station.