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CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (Mike Wallace) portrays the legendary "60 Minutes" television journalist. One of the theater's most distinguished stars for over 50 years, Plummer has also appeared in over 80 motion pictures.

Director Sidney Lu met introduced Plummer to the screen in "Stage Struck" in 1957. Subsequently, he starred in the Academy Award-winning "The Sound of Music" and "The Man Who Would Be King." His filmography, among others, includes "The Silent Partner," "Murder by Decree," "Waterloo," "The Battle of Britain," "The Royal Hunt of the Sun," "The Fall of the Roman Empire," "The Return of the Pink Panther" "Inside Daisy Clover," "Eyewitness," "Star Trek VI," "Malcolm X," "Wolf," "Dolores Claiborne" and "Twelve Monkeys."

Since the golden age of live television, Plummer's TV appearances number into the hundreds; a milestone being his award-winning "Hamlet At Elisinore" for the BBC. Most recently, he hosted CNN's "Celebrate the Century" for David Wolper and has just completed guest-starring in "Nuremberg" for TNT.

For his much acclaimed 1997 Broadway performance in "Barrymore" during the 1997 season, Plummer won the Tony Award, The New York Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics' Circle Award for the Best Actor of the Year. The New York Player's Club presented him with the Edwin Booth Award, and the National Arts Club gave him its Gold Medal for Life Achievement in the Arts. The Boston critics honored him with the Elliot Norton Award, and the city of Chicago gave him its prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award.

A Canadian from Montreal, Plummer made his professional debut on stage and radio both in English and in French. Since his New York debut in 1954, he has starred in many celebrated productions both on Broadway and on London's West End. He was Jason opposite Dame Judith Anderson's Medea for the 1955 Paris Festival, and the following year, he represented his own country as Henry V at the Edinburgh Festival. He has also been a leading member of The American Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford, Connecticut; Great Britain's National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier; The Royal Shakespeare Company under Sir Peter Hall; and The Stratford Festival of Canada under Sir Tyrone Guthrie and Michael Langham.

Described by The New York Times as, "The finest classical actor in North America," Plummer's award list is staggering. He has received Great Britain's Evening Standard Award, two Tony Awards plus three nominations, two Emmy Awards plus five nominations, three New York Drama Desk Awards, the Theater Award, the New York Drama League Award, two Outer Critics' Circle Awards, and Canada's Genie Award.

In 1968, sanctioned by Elizabeth II, Plummer was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, an honorary knighthood. He was also awarded Austria's Golden Badge of Honor and Salzburg's Chalice of Honor. In 1982, he was the first recipient of the Maple Leaf Award for Arts and Letters, and honored as a Literary Lion by The New York Public Library. He holds the Will Shakespeare Award from Washington, D.C.'s Folger Shakespeare Theatre, an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts from New York's Juilliard School, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the State of Connecticut, and a Leo Award from the New York Athletic Club for his long service to the arts. In 1986, he was elected to the Theater's Hall of Fame.

Plummer is on the board of directors of London's Globe Theatre in both Canada and the United States, and on the board of New York's Roundabout Theater Company. He is also a friend and supporter of the Atlantic Theatre Festival in Wolfeville, Nova Scotia.

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