Christopher Plummer RIP
Birth Name: Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer
Date of Birth: December 13, 1929
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date of Death: February 5, 2021
Place of Death: Weston, Connecticut, U.S.
Ethnicity: Scottish, English, Northern Irish, as well as 1/64th Swiss-French and 1/64th French-Canadian
Christopher Plummer was a Canadian actor of stage and screen. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Beginners (2011), and was also nominated for Academy Awards for The Last Station and All the Money in the World, all three times while in his 80s; for the third film, at the age of 88, he was the oldest actor ever to be nominated. He also starred in in the films Knives Out, The Sound of Music, The Insider, and Remember, among many others.
He was the son of Isabella Mary (Abbott), an artist and watercolourist, and John Orme Plummer. He was of Scottish, English, Northern Irish, 1/64th Swiss-French, and 1/64th French-Canadian, ancestry. He was raised in Senneville, Québec, where his family had roots. Christopher was said to have been a second cousin of actor Nigel Bruce.
Christopher spoke French fluently.
He was married to English actress Elaine Taylor, until his death. With his former wife, American actress Tammy Grimes, he is the father of actress Amanda Plummer. Christopher’s maternal great-grandfather, John Abbott, was the third Prime Minister of Canada (from June 16, 1891 to November 24, 1892), and the first Prime Minister of Canada to have been born in Canada.
Christopher’s paternal grandfather was Frank Plummer (the son of Thomas Ralph Plummer and Jane Stewart). Frank was born in Algoma, Ontario, Canada. Thomas was born in Peel, Ontario, Canada, the son of Thomas William Plummer and Martha Ann Grafton. Jane was born in Limerick, Ireland, the daughter of Samuel Stewart and Ann Moore.
Christopher’s paternal grandmother was Frances Fetherstonhaugh (the daughter of Francis Fetherstonhaugh/Fetherston and Frances Swift). Christopher’s grandmother Frances was born in Bruce, Ontario, Canada, to parents who were born in Ireland. Frances was the sister of F. B. Fetherstonhaugh (Frederick Barnard Fetherstonhaugh), a patent lawyer and agent who founded the patent agency Fetherstonhaugh & Co. Christopher’s great-grandfather Francis was the son of William Fetherstonhaugh/Fetherston and Elizabeth Orme. Christopher’s great-grandmother Frances Swift was the daughter of Richard Swift.
Christopher’s maternal grandfather was Arthur Edward Abbott (the son of Prime Minister, John Joseph Caldwell Abbott, and of Mary Martha Bethune). Arthur was born in Québec, Canada. Prime Minister Abbott was the son of The Rev. Joseph Abbott, an Anglican missionary, who was born in Westmorland, England, and of Harriet A. Bradford. Mary Martha’s father, The Rev. John Wadden Bethune, was an Anglican clergyman, who was acting principal of McGill University; his own father, the Rev. Dr. John Bethune, founded the first Presbyterian Church in Montréal, and was from Isle of Skye, Scotland, and his own mother, the daughter of fur trader Jean-Étienne Waddens, was of Swiss-French and French-Canadian descent. Christopher’s great-grandmother Mary Martha’s mother, Christopher’s great-great-grandmother, was Elizabeth Hallowell.
Christopher’s maternal grandmother was Marianne/Mary Ann Jane Jane Campbell (the daughter of Alexander James Campbell and Isabella Janet Christian Stewart). Marianne was born in Midlothian, Scotland. Alexander was the son of Robert Campbell and Catharine. Isabella was the daughter of Alexander Stewart.
Genealogy of Christopher Plummer (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.thepeerage.com
Christopher’s father on the 1911 Canada Census – https://www.familysearch.org