- Christopher Plummer
Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus premiere - September 18, 2009 - Roy Thomspon Hall
Born Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer
December 13, 1929
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Residence Connecticut, US
Nationality Canadian Education High School Alma mater Canadian Repertory Theatre Occupation Actor Years active 1953–present Home town Senneville, Quebec, Canada Spouse Tammy Grimes (1956–60; divorce)
Patricia Lewis (1962–67; divorced)
Elaine Taylor (1970–present)
Children Amanda Plummer (with Tammy Grimes) Parents John Orme Plummer,
Isabella Mary (nee Abbott)
Relatives John Abbott
Arthur Christopher Orne Plummer, CC (born December 13, 1929) is a Canadian theatre, film and television actor. He made his film debut in 1957's Stage Struck, and notable early film performances include Night of the Generals, The Return of the Pink Panther and The Man Who Would Be King.
In a career that spans over five decades and includes substantial roles in each of the dramatic arts, Plummer is probably best known to audiences as the autocratic widower Captain Georg Ludwig von Trapp in the hit 1965 musical movie The Sound of Music opposite Julie Andrews. Plummer has also tackled various television projects, including the legendary miniseries The Thorn Birds and the role of General Chang on Star Trek.
His most recent film roles include the The Insider as Mike Wallace, the Disney-Pixar 2009 film Up as Charles Muntz, the Shane Acker production 9 as 1, The Last Station as Leo Tolstoy, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus as Doctor Parnassus.
Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the son of Isabella Mary (née Abbott) and John Orme Plummer, who was secretary to the Dean of Sciences at McGill University. His maternal great-grandfather was Canadian Prime Minister Sir John Abbott. Plummer was an only child. His parents were divorced shortly after he was born, and he was brought up at the Abbott family home in Senneville, Quebec, outside Montreal. He is bilingual. He studied to be a concert pianist, but developed a love for the theatre at an early age, and began acting in high school. Plummer took up acting after seeing Laurence Olivier's film Henry V (1944). He travelled by train to gain experience with the Canadian Repertory Theatre (the CRT) in Ottawa.
Plummer has played most of the great roles in classic repertoire. In 1953, Plummer was the understudy to Tyrone Power in The Dark is Light Enough, in a production by Katharine Cornell in which she also starred. In his biography, Plummer states that Cornell was his 'sponsor.' In 1973, he appeared on Broadway as the swordsman and poet Cyrano de Bergerac in Cyrano, a musical adaptation of Edmond Rostand's 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac by Anthony Burgess (libretto and lyrics) and Michael J. Lewis (music). For that performance, Plummer won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance.
In 2002, he appeared in a lauded production of King Lear, directed by Jonathan Miller and performed at the Stratford (Canada) Shakespeare Festival. The production came to New York City's Lincoln Center in 2004, where Plummer's performance as Lear garnered him his sixth Tony nomination.
Plummer returned to the stage at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in August 2008 in a critically acclaimed performance as Julius Caesar in George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra directed by Tony winner Des McAnuff; this production was videotaped and shown in high-definition in Canadian cinemas on January 31, 2009 (with an encore presentation on February 23, 2009) and broadcast on April 4, 2009 on Bravo! in Canada. Plummer once again returned to the Stratford Festival in the summer of 2010 in The Tempest as the lead character, Prospero.
Plummer's eclectic career on screen began in 1958 when Sidney Lumet cast him as a young writer in Stage Struck. Since then he has appeared in a vast number of notable films which include Oedipus the King, The Man Who Would Be King, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Jesus of Nazareth, The Return of the Pink Panther, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Battle of Britain, Waterloo, The Silent Partner, Dragnet, Shadow Dancing, Inside Daisy Clover, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Malcolm X, Dolores Claiborne, Wolf, 12 Monkeys, The Insider, Murder by Decree, Somewhere in Time, Syriana, The New World, The Lake House and International Velvet.
One of Plummer's most critically acclaimed roles was that of television journalist Mike Wallace in Michael Mann's Oscar-nominated The Insider, for which he won Boston, Los Angeles, and National Society of Film Critics Awards for 'Best Supporting Actor'; he was also nominated for Chicago and Las Vegas Film Critics Awards, as well as a Satellite Award. Predictions of an Oscar nomination circulated, but such recognition only came in January 2010 when Plummer received his first Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of author Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station. Speaking to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in an interview that aired on March 7, 2010, Plummer appeared slightly irritated that it had taken so long to receive a personal Academy Award nomination, saying, "Well, I said it's about time! I mean, I'm 80 years old, for God's sake. Have mercy." Still, on Oscar night, March 7, 2010, Plummer lost the Best Supporting Actor nomination to Christoph Waltz in the Quentin Tarantino 2009 war film Inglourious Basterds.
Other recent successes include his roles as Dr. Rosen in Ron Howard's Academy Award winning A Beautiful Mind, Arthur Case in Spike Lee's 2006 film Inside Man, and the philosopher Aristotle in Alexander, alongside Colin Farrell. In 2004, Plummer played John Adams Gates in National Treasure.
Plummer has also done some voice work, such as his role of Henri the pigeon in An American Tail, the villainous Grand Duke of Owls in Rock-a-Doodle, the antagonistic Charles Muntz in Up and the elder leader 1 in the Tim Burton-produced action/science fiction film 9.
In 2011, Plummer appeared in the feature length documentary The Captains. The film, which was written and directed by William Shatner sees Shatner interview Plummer at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Theatre where they talk about their young careers, long lasting friendship, and Plummer's role as General Chang in Star Trek VI. The film also mentions how Shatner was Plummer's understudy for a production of Henry V at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and that after Plummer had fell ill Shatner was forced to take the stage and thus earned his first big break.
The Sound of Music
Owing to the box office success and continued popularity of The Sound of Music (1965), Plummer remains best known for his portrayal of Captain Von Trapp, a role he reportedly disliked. He declined to attend the 40th Anniversary cast reunion, but did provide commentary on the 2005 DVD release. Plummer relented in 2010 for the 45th anniversary, and appeared with the full cast on The Oprah Winfrey Show on October 28, 2010.
Said Plummer of the movie and his role in a December 2009 interview, “I was a bit bored with the character (of Captain Von Trapp)," said Plummer. “Although we worked hard enough to make him interesting, it was a bit like flogging a dead horse. And the subject matter is not mine. I mean, it can’t appeal to every person in the world." However, Plummer admits the movie itself was well made and, despite his reservations, is proud to be associated with a film with such mass appeal. "The world has seen (The Sound of Music) so many times. And there’s a whole new generation every year—poor kids—that have to sit through it (laughs). But it was a very well-made movie, and it’s a family movie and we haven't seen a family movie, I don't think, on that scale for ages. I don’t mind that. It just happened to be not my particular cup of tea."
Among his television appearances, which number almost a hundred, are the Emmy-nominated BBC production Hamlet at Elsinore, the five-time Emmy winning The Thorn Birds, the Emmy-winning Nuremberg, the Emmy-winning Little Moon of Alban and the Emmy-winning Moneychangers. In 1956, he appeared with Jason Robards and Constance Ford in an episode entitled "A Thief There Was" of CBS's anthology series Appointment with Adventure.
He co-starred in American Tragedy as F. Lee Bailey (for which he received a Golden Globe Nomination), and appeared in Four Minute Mile, Miracle Planet, and a documentary by Ric Burns about Eugene O'Neill. He received an Emmy nomination for his performance in Our Fathers and reunited with Julie Andrews for a television production of On Golden Pond. He also played Herod Antipas in the miniseries, Jesus of Nazareth and was the narrator for The Gospel of John. He also co-starred with Gregory Peck in The Scarlet and The Black.
Plummer has also written for the stage, television and the concert-hall. Plummer and Sir Neville Marriner rearranged Shakespeare’s Henry V with Sir William Walton’s music as a concert piece. They recorded the work with Marriner's chamber orchestra the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
He performed it and other works with the New York Philharmonic and symphony orchestras of London, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Ohio, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax. With Marriner he made his Carnegie Hall debut in his own arrangements of Mendelssohn's incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Honours and awards
Plummer has won many honours in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Austria. He was the first winner of Canada's Genie Award, for Best Actor in Murder by Decree (1980) and has received three other Genie nominations. Plummer has won two Tony Awards (from seven nominations), and two Emmy Awards (six nominations) in the United States, and Great Britain's Evening Standard Award.
In 1968, he was invested as Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honour. In 2001, he received the Canadian Governor General's Lifetime Achievement Award. He was made an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at New York's Juilliard School and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, McGill University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Ottawa, and most recently the University of Guelph. Plummer was inducted into the American Theatre's Hall of Fame in 1986 and into Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto in 1997.
His awards include the following:
- London Evening Standard Award as Best Actor (1961), for his portrayal of King Henry II in the stage play, Becket
- Genie Award (1980), for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in Murder by Decree
- Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical (1974), for his lead role in Cyrano
- Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (1997), for his lead role in Barrymore
- Emmy Award (1976), as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers
- Emmy Award (1994), for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his work on the Family Channel's Madeline children's series
- Edwin Booth Lifetime Achievement Award (1997)
- Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre (2002)
- Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award (1999) for The Insider
- Boston Society of Film Critics Award (1999) for The Insider
Plummer has been married three times. His first marriage, to Tony Award-winning actress Tammy Grimes, was in 1956 and lasted four years. The couple's daughter, Amanda Plummer (born 1957), is an acclaimed actress in her own right, but (as he mentions in his autobiography) he had no contact with her during her early and teenage years. They now maintain a friendly relationship. Plummer was married to journalist Patricia Lewis from May 4, 1962 until their divorce in 1967. He and his third wife, British dancer and actress Elaine Regina Taylor, have been married since 1970 and live in a 100-year-old converted farm house in Connecticut.
In a 2005 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Plummer maintained that in their early days he and his fellow actors did not drink to excess "because we had problems...Nonsense! Actually, I was taught as a child to drink. I came from a family that loved wine. I was twelve, I think, when I was drinking wine with dinner."
Plummer's memoir, In Spite of Myself, was published by Knopf Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., in November 2008.
Year Film Role Notes 1958 Stage Struck Joe Sheridan 1958 Wind Across the Everglades Walt Murdock 1959 A Doll's House Torvald Helmer 1961 Playdate Host 1962 Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac 1964 The Fall of the Roman Empire Commodus 1964 Hamlet at Elsinore Hamlet 1965 The Sound of Music Captain von Trapp 1966 Inside Daisy Clover Raymond Swan 1966 Triple Cross Eddie Chapman 1967 The Night of the Generals Field Marshal Irwin Rommel 1968 Oedipus the King Oedipus 1968 Nobody Runs Forever Sir James Quentin 1969 Battle of Britain Squadron Leader Colin Harvey 1969 The Royal Hunt of the Sun Atahualpa 1969 Lock Up Your Daughters! Lord Foppington 1970 Waterloo Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington 1971 Don Juan in Hell Don Juan 1973 The Pyx Dt. Sgt. Jim Henderson 1974 After the Fall Quentin 1974 The Happy Prince The Happy Prince 1975 The Spiral Staircase Dr. Joe Sherman 1975 The Return of the Pink Panther Sir Charles Litton 1975 Conduct Unbecoming Maj. Alastair Wimbourne 1975 The Man Who Would Be King Rudyard Kipling 1975 The Day That Shook the World Archduke Ferdinand of Austria 1976 Aces High Capt. 'Uncle' Sinclair 1976 Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers Roscoe Heyward Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie 1977 Jesus of Nazareth Herod Antipas 1977 The Assignment Captain Behounek 1977 The Disappearance Deverell 1977 Silver Blaze Sherlock Holmes 1978 The Silent Partner Harry Reikle 1978 International Velvet John Seaton 1979 Starcrash Emperor 1979 Murder by Decree Sherlock Holmes Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 1979 Riel John A. Macdonald 1979 Hanover Street Paul Sellinger 1980 Desperate Voyage Burrifous 1980 The Shadow Box Brian 1980 Somewhere in Time William Fawcett Robinson 1981 When the Circus Came to Town Duke Royal 1981 Eyewitness Joseph 1981 The Amateur Professor Lakos Nominated – Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 1982 Little Gloria... Happy at Last Reggie Vanderbilt 1983 The Scarlet and the Black Col. Herbert Kappler 1983 The Thorn Birds Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie 1983 Prototype Dr. Carl Forrester 1984 Lily in Love Fitzroy Wynn/Roberto Terranova 1984 Dreamscape Bob Blair 1984 Highpoint James Hatcher 1984 Terror in the Aisles Archival appearance 1984 Ordeal by Innocence Leo Argyle 1985 Játszani kell 1985 The World of David the Gnome 1985 Rumpelstiltskin Narrator 1986 The Boy in Blue Knox 1986 Crossings Armand DeVilliers 1986 The Boss' Wife Mr. Roalvang 1986 An American Tail Henri Voice talent 1986 Spearfield's Daughter Lord Jack Cruze 1986 Vampire in Venice Professor Paris Catalano 1987 Dragnet Reverend Jonathan Whirley 1987 A Hazard of Hearts Sir Giles Staverley 1987 The Man Who Planted Trees Narrator 1987 The Gnomes' Great Adventure Narrator 1988 Light Years Metamorphis 1988 Shadow Dancing Edmund Beaumont 1988 The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind Narrator 1988 I Love N.Y. John Robertson Yeats 1989 Souvenir Ernst Kestner 1989 Nabokov on Kafka Vladimir Nabokov 1989 Mindfield Doctor Satorius 1989 Kingsgate 1990 Where the Heart Is Jerry 1990 A Ghost in Monte Carlo The Grand Duke Ivan 1990 Red Blooded American Girl Dr. John Alcore 1990 Money Martin Yahl 1990 Madeline Narrator 1990 Counterstrike Alexander Addington 1991 Firehead Col. Garland Vaughn 1991 Young Catherine Sir Charles 1991 A Marriage: Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz Alfred Stieglitz 1991 Rock-a-Doodle Grand Duke Voice talent 1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country General Chang 1991 Berlin Lady Wilhem Speer 1991 The First Circle Victor Abakumov 1992 Secrets Mel Wexler 1992 Impolite Naples O'Rorke Nominated – Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 1992 Malcolm X Chaplain Gill 1992 Liar's Edge Harry Weldon 1993 Sidney Sheldon's A Stranger in the Mirror Clifton Lawrence 1993 The Little Crooked Christmas Tree 1993 Madeline Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance 1994 Wolf Raymond Alden 1994 Crackerjack Ivan Getz 1995 Dolores Claiborne Det. John Mackey 1995 Harrison Bergeron John Klaxon 1995 12 Monkeys Dr. Goines 1996 We the Jury Wilfred Fransiscus 1996 Skeletons R. Carlyle 1996 The Conspiracy of Fear Joseph Wakeman 1997 The Arrow George Hees 1997 Babes in Toyland Barnaby Crookedman Voice talent 1998 Winchell Franklin D. Roosevelt 1998 Hidden Agenda Ulrich Steiner 1998 The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow Narrator 1998 The Clown at Midnight Mr. Caruthers 1999 Celebrate the Century 1999 Madeline: Lost in Paris Narrator 1999 The Insider Mike Wallace Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
2000 Nuremberg Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe 2000 The Dinosaur Hunter Hump Hinton 2000 Possessed Archbishop Hume 2000 American Tragedy F. Lee Bailey Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film 2000 Dracula 2000 Abraham Van Helsing 2000 Star Trek: Klingon Academy General Chang Video game voiceover 2001 Leo's Journey Narrator 2001 On Golden Pond Norman Thayer 2001 Lucky Break 2001 Blackheart Holmes 2001 A Beautiful Mind Dr. Rosen Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture 2001 Full Disclosure Robert Lecker 2002 Night Flight 'Flash' Harry Peters 2002 Ararat David Nominated – Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2002 Agent of Influence John Watkins 2002 Nicholas Nickleby Ralph Nickleby National Board of Review Award for Best Cast 2002 Tma 2003 Blizzard Santa Claus Nominated – Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2003 The Gospel of John Narrator 2003 Cold Creek Manor Mr. Massie 2004 National Treasure John Adams Gates 2004 Alexander Aristotle 2005 Our Fathers Cardinal Bernard Law Television film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2005 Must Love Dogs Bill Nolan 2005 Syriana Dean Whiting 2005 The New World Captain Newport 2006 Inside Man Arthur Case 2006 The Lake House Simon Wyler 2007 Man in the Chair Flash Madden 2007 Closing the Ring Jack 2007 Emotional Arithmetic David Winters Nominated – Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2007 Already Dead Dr. Heller 2008 The Summit P.J. Aimes TV Miniseries: 2 Episodes 2009 Caesar and Cleaopatra Julius Caesar also executive producer 2009 Up Charles Muntz voice talent 2009 My Dog Tulip J. R. Ackerley voice talent 2009 9 1 voice talent 2009 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Doctor Parnassus 2009 The Last Station Leo Tolstoy Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
2011 Priest Monsignor Orelas 2011 Beginners Hal Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actor 2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Henrik Vanger filming 2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Arngeir Video game voiceover
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- Confessions of Captain Von Trapp: An Interview With Christopher Plummer
Awards for Christopher Plummer Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play (1975–2000)
Anthony Hopkins (1975) · John Wood (1976) · Al Pacino (1977) · Barnard Hughes (1978) · Philip Anglim (1979) · John Rubinstein (1980) · Ian McKellen (1981) · Christopher Plummer (1982) · Harvey Fierstein (1983) · Dustin Hoffman (1984) · John Lithgow (1985) · Ed Harris (1986) · James Earl Jones (1987) · Ron Silver (1988) · Philip Bosco (1989) · Nathan Lane (1990) · Ron Rifkin (1991) · Brian Bedford (1992) · Ron Leibman (1993) · Brian Bedford (1994) · Ralph Fiennes (1995) · Frank Langella (1996) · David Morse / Christopher Plummer (1997) · Anthony LaPaglia (1998) · Brian Dennehy (1999) · Stephen Dillane (2000)
Complete list · (1975–2000) · (2001–2025) Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie (1976–2000)
Anthony Hopkins (1976) · Hal Holbrook (1976) · Ed Flanders (1977) · Christopher Plummer (1977) · Fred Astaire (1978) · Michael Moriarty (1978) · Peter Strauss (1979) · Powers Boothe (1980) · Anthony Hopkins (1981) · Mickey Rooney (1982) · Tommy Lee Jones (1983) · Laurence Olivier (1984) · Richard Crenna (1985) · Dustin Hoffman (1986) · James Woods (1987) · Jason Robards (1988) · James Woods (1989) · Hume Cronyn (1990) · John Gielgud (1991) · Beau Bridges (1992) · Robert Morse (1993) · Hume Cronyn (1994) · Raúl Juliá (1995) · Alan Rickman (1996) · Armand Assante (1997) · Gary Sinise (1998) · Stanley Tucci (1999) · Jack Lemmon (2000)
Complete list · (1952–1975) · (1976–2000) · (2001–2025) Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance (1990-2000)
Nancy Cartwright / Dan Castellaneta / Julie Kavner / Jackie Mason / Yeardley Smith / Marcia Wallace (1992) · Dan Castellaneta (1993) · Christopher Plummer (1994) · Jonathan Katz (1995) · none (1996) · Jeremy Irons / Rik Mayall (1997) · Hank Azaria (1998) · Ja'net Dubois (1999) · Seth MacFarlane / Julie Harris (2000) ·
Complete list: (1990–2000) · (2001–present)
Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (1948–1975)
Paul Hartman (1948) · Ray Bolger (1949) · Ezio Pinza (1950) · Robert Alda (1951) · Phil Silvers (1952) · Thomas Mitchell (1953) · Alfred Drake (1954) · Walter Slezak (1955) · Ray Walston (1956) · Rex Harrison (1957) · Robert Preston (1958) · Richard Kiley (1959) · Jackie Gleason (1960) · Richard Burton (1961) · Robert Morse (1962) · Zero Mostel (1963) · Bert Lahr (1964) · Zero Mostel (1965) · Richard Kiley (1966) · Robert Preston (1967) · Robert Goulet (1968) · Jerry Orbach (1969) · Cleavon Little (1970) · Hal Linden (1971) · Phil Silvers (1972) · Ben Vereen (1973) · Christopher Plummer (1974) · John Cullum (1975)
Complete list · (1948–1975) · (1976–2000) · (2001–2025) Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (1976–2000)
John Wood (1976) · Al Pacino (1977) · Barnard Hughes (1978) · Tom Conti (1979) · John Rubinstein (1980) · Ian McKellen (1981) · Roger Rees (1982) · Harvey Fierstein (1983) · Jeremy Irons (1984) · Derek Jacobi (1985) · Judd Hirsch (1986) · James Earl Jones (1987) · Ron Silver (1988) · Philip Bosco (1989) · Robert Morse (1990) · Nigel Hawthorne (1991) · Judd Hirsch (1992) · Ron Leibman (1993) · Stephen Spinella (1994) · Ralph Fiennes (1995) · George Grizzard (1996) · Christopher Plummer (1997) · Anthony LaPaglia (1998) · Brian Dennehy (1999) · Stephen Dillane (2000)
Complete list · (1947–1975) · (1976–2000) · (2001–2025)
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