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CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (Simon Wyler), who has recently completed his Tonynominated
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
Claibourne, Wolf, Twelve Monkeys, Murder by Decree, Somewhere in Time, Douglas McGrath's
Nicholas Nickleby, and a host of others.
Plummer's recent successes include 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 Etom Egoyan's Ararat. Plummer's latest films include Oliver Stone's
Alexander, National Treasure, Terrence Malick's The New World, Inside Man, and the
political thriller Syriana.
He is currently in production on Lord Richard Attenborough's Closing the Ring.
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