Plummer made his film debut in 1958’s Stage Struck directed by Sidney Lumet. The following year, he picked up his first Tony Award nomination for the play J.B. and an Emmy Award nomination for his work on the television show Hallmark Hall of Fame. His career began to take off with roles on stage, television and in films.
Despite his tremendous talents as an actor, Plummer didn’t receive an Academy Award nomination until 2009. He earned a Best Supporting Actor nod for his portrayal of Russian literary great Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station (2009). His on-screen wife played by Helen Mirren was also nominated for an Academy Award. He finally won his first Academy Award two years later for his work in Beginners.