Was actually born on December 13, 1929, although most publications usually state his birthday as December 13, 1927.
Is only 13 years older than Charmian Carr who played his daughter in The Sound of Music .
On April 22 he was awarded the first Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre by the Roundabout Theatre. His The Sound of Music co-star Julie Andrews was among those in attendance.
He was awarded the C.C. (Companion of the Order of Canada) in the 1968 Queen's Honours List for his services to drama.
Has won two Tony Awards: in 1974, as Best Actor (Musical), playing the title role in "Cyrano," and in 1997, as Best Actor (Play), playing the title role of John Barrymore in "Barrymore." He has also been nominated for the Tony four other times: as Best Actor (Dramatic), in 1959 for "J.B.," and as Best Actor (Play), in 1982 for Shakespeare's "Othello," in 1994 for "No Man's Land," and in 2004 for Shakespeare's "King Lear."
His first paying part was in "Machina Infernale" (The Infernal Machine) by Jean Cocteau, in which he worked with another young Montreal actor, William Shatner. The two were reunited years later when they both appeared in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country .
Awarded The Edwin Booth Lifetime Achievement Award by The Players, 1997.
He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario on June 8, 2004.
He and his daughter Amanda Plummer both received Emmy nominations in 2005. She won, he didn't.
Invited to join to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences .