Legendary Canadian actor Christopher Plummer is being celebrated with a commemorative stamp from Canada Post that celebrates his 70-year career.
The stamp depicts Plummer in the following iconic roles: Prospero in The Tempest, King Lear in King Lear, Rudyard Kipling in The Man Who Would Be King, Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music and John Barrymore in Barrymore.
While Plummer passed away earlier this year, Canada Post actually approached him back in 2019 about the stamp. The company indicated he was "thrilled" about getting a Canadian stamp and was consulted for the project, personally approving the design.
The stamp was designed by Stephen Slipp, printed by Colour Innovations, and features illustrations by Spooky Pooka.
"Canada has always had his heart and to be given this stamp was the greatest honour that you could wish for being a Canadian, and he thanks you very much," Plummer's wife Elaine Taylor Plummer said during the presentation event for the stamp.
Plummer appeared in more than 200 films, television movies and mini-series, and performed on stage, including on Broadway and the Stratford Festival in Ontario. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada and received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement Award.
"The design, as you'll see is not just a snapshot but on closer look, a perspective through the lens of some of the extraordinary characters that he brought to life," Lou Pitt, manager and long-time friend of Plummer, said.
"We toss around that term ‘Renaissance Man’ pretty loosely...but Chris truly was," Des McAnuff, director and another long-time friend of Plummer added.
"If you were lucky enough to get a letter from Chris, he had razor sharp wit inside passion... Giving him a stamp is absolutely spot on as a way to honour our friend and this genius, Christopher Plummer."