Monday, 27 February 2012

Britain is a country where old men learn from an old Canadian Oscar Winner called Christopher Plummer that 'everything comes to those who wait'.

The old Canadian screen and stage actor, Christopher Plummer is 82 and has just become the oldest actor to win an Oscar, his first, for his supporting role in the movie, 'Beginners.'

Gracious in his acceptance speech he said :
"You're only two years older than me darling, where have you been all my life?  I have a confession to make. When I first emerged from my mother's womb, I was already rehearsing my Academy thank-you speech, but it was so long ago, mercifully for you I've forgotten it, but I haven't forgotten who to thank."

Things you probably didn't know about Christopher that he :

* was born Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer in Toronto, Canada, where his father was secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University.

* had a maternal great-grandfather who was the Canadian Prime Minister Sir John Abbott.

* studied to be a concert pianist, developed a love for the theatre at an early age, began acting in high school  'moved' after seeing Laurence Olivier's film 'Henry V' in 1944 and doubtless : "We few. We happy few. We band of brothers."

* started his screen career in 1958 when Sidney Lumet cast him as a young writer in 'Stage Struck'.

* remains best known for his 1965 portrayal of Captain Von Trapp, in 'The Sound of Music', a role he reportedly disliked but appeared for the 45th anniversary, with the full cast on The Oprah Winfrey Show in  2010.

*  in 'Triple Cross', put his Canadian background to good use with his spoken French.

*   in 2010  received his first 'Academy Award Nomination' for his portrayal of author Leo Tolstoy in 'The Last Station' and when interviewed said : "Well, I said it's about time! I mean, I'm 80 years old, for God's sake. Have mercy."


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