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CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (Arthur Case)—who 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 theater's most distinguished actors and as a veteran of international renown, having appeared in more than 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 in 1954, he went on to star in many celebrated, prize-winning productions on Broadway and in London's West End, including Elia Kazan's production of Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer-winning 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 the title character in Barrymore, for which he won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award-The Edwin Booth Award, the Boston Critics' 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 onscreen began when Sidney Lumet gave him his movie debut in Stage Struck. Since then, he has appeared in a host of notable films, including the Academy Award®-winning The Sound of Music, The Man Who Would Be King, The Battle of Britain, Waterloo, The Silent Partner, Dragnet, Inside Daisy Clover, Star Trek IV, Malcolm X, Dolores Claiborne, Wolf, Twelve Monkeys, Murder by Decree, Somewhere in Time and a host of others. Plummer's latest successes include Michael Mann's Oscar®-nominated The Insider, playing television journalist Mike Wallace, for which he won the Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas and National Critics' Awards; Ron Howard's Academy Award®-winning A Beautiful Mind; and Atom Egoyan's Ararat. Other recent films include Blizzard, Devil's Throat, Douglas McGrath's Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Stone's Alexander, National Treasure, Syriana and The New World.

His television appearances, which number into the hundreds, include the BBC's Emmy-nominated Hamlet at Elsinore, the six-time Emmy-winning The Thorn Birds, the Emmy-winning Nuremberg, the Emmy-winning Little Moon of Alban, the Emmywinning The Moneychangers and On Golden Pond, co-starring with Julie Andrews. Plummer has also written for the stage, television and the concert hall.

Aside from many honors in the U.K., U.S.A., Austria and Canada, Plummer has won two Tony Awards (six nominations), two Emmy Awards (six nominations), Great Britain's Evening Standard Award and Canada's Genie Award. In 1968, sanctioned by Elizabeth II, he was invested as Companion of the Order of Canada, an honorary knighthood. He was made an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at New York's Julliard School and received the Governor General's lifetime achievement award in 2001. In 2002, he was the first performer to be presented with the Jason Robards Award for Excellence in Theatre, in memory of his great friend. Plummer was inducted into the American Theatre's Hall of Fame in 1986 and into Canada's Walk of Fame in 1997.

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