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CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (Bill), who has recently completed his Tony-nominated performance as King Lear in Sir Jonathan Miller's much lauded production at Lincoln Center, has enjoyed 50 years as one of the English speaking theatre's most distinguished actors and as a veteran of international renown in over 100 motion pictures.
It was in his hometown of Montreal that Plummer began his professional career on stage and radio in both French and English. After Eva Le Gallienne gave him his New York debut (1954) he went on to star in many celebrated, prize-winning productions on Broadway and London's West End, including Elia Kazan's production of Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer winning play J.B., and the title role in Anthony Burgess' musical Cyrano, for which Plummer won his first Tony. Apart from King Lear, his most recent Broadway success was as Barrymore, for which he won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award, The Edwin Booth Award, the Boston Critic's Award, Chicago's Jefferson Award, and Los Angeles' Ovation Award as Best Actor 1997-1998. He was also a leading member of Britain's National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier, the Royal Shakespeare Company under Sir Peter Hall, and in its formative years, Canada's Stratford Festival under Sir Tyrone Guthrie and Michael Langham. He has played most of the great roles in the classic repertoire.
Plummer's eclectic career on screen began when Sidney Lumet gave him his movie debut in Stage Struck. Since then he has appeared in a host of notable films which include the Academy Award-winning The Sound of Music, The Man Who Would Be King, The Battle of Britain, Waterloo, The Silent Partner, Dragnet, Daisy Clover, Star Trek IV, Malcolm X, Dolores Claiborne, Wolf, Twelve Monkeys, Murder by Decree, Somewhere in Time, Douglas McGrath's Nicholas Nickleby, and a host of others.
Plummer's recent successes are Michael Mann's Oscar-nominated The Insider, playing television journalist Mike Wallace, for which he won the Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas National Critics' Awards; as well as Ron Howard's Academy Award-winning A Beautiful Mind, and Atom Egoyan's Ararat. His latest released films are Oliver Stone's Alexander and National Treasure.
Up next, he will be seen in Terrence Malick's The New World, as well as Warner Bros. Pictures' political thriller Syriana and Il Mare, which will be released later this year.
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