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CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (Frank Grubman) has enjoyed almost 60 years as one of the theater' s most respected actors and as a veteran of more than 100 motion pictures. In 2013 he starred opposite Oscar- winner Shirley MacLaine in Elsa & Fred, directed by Michael Radford; Hector and the Search for Happiness, directed by Peter Chelsom; and Philip Martin' s The Forger, opposite John Travolta.

Other recent projects include the highly praised animated films Up, 9 and My Dog Tulip as well as the title role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, directed by Terry Gilliam. Plummer played the great novelist Tolstoy opposite Helen Mirren in The Last Station, receiving his first Academy Award nomination in 2010. The following year he scored a win for Best Supporting Actor in Beginners, for writer/director Mike Mills. The actor appeared in David Fincher' s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that same year.

In 2012 Plummer returned to the Stratford Festival to perform his one- man show " A Word or Two," directed by Des McAnuff.

Raised in Montreal, Plummer began his professional career on stage and radio and worked 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 productions on Broadway and London' s West End.

Winning accolades on both sides of the Atlantic, Plummer has received two Tony Awards (for the musical " Cyrano" and drama " Barrymore" ). His seven Tony nominations include " King Lear" (2004) and " Inherit the Wind" (2007). Plummer has been the recipient of three Drama Desk Awards and the National Arts Club Medal.

A former leading member of the Royal National Theatre, under Sir Laurence Olivier, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, under Sir Peter Hall, Plummer won London' s Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in " Becket." He has also led Canada' s Stratford Festival in its formative years under Sir Tyrone Guthrie and Michael Langham.

Since Sidney Lumet introduced Plummer to the screen in Stage Struck (1958), his range of notable films includes The Man Who Would Be King, Battle of Britain, Waterloo, Fall of the Roman Empire, Star Trek VI, 12 Monkeys and of course the 1965 Oscar- winning musical The Sound of Music.

More recent films include The Insider (National Film Critics Award), A Beautiful Mind, Man in the Chair, Must Love Dogs, National Treasure, Syriana and Inside Man. His TV appearances, which number close to 100, include Emmy winners " Hamlet at Elsinore" (playing the title role), " The Thorn Birds," " Nuremberg," Little Moon of Alban" and " Muhammad Ali' s Greatest Fight." These productions earned Plummer seven Emmy nominations and he took home two statuettes.

Apart from honors in the U.K., U.S., Austria and Canada, Plummer was the first performer to receive the Jason Robards Award in memory of his great friend. He also won the Edwin Booth Award and the Sir John Gielgud Quill Award. In 1968, sanctioned by Elizabeth II, Plummer was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada (an honorary knighthood). An Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts at Juilliard, he also received the Governor General' s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1986 and Canada' s Walk of Fame in 2000.

Plummer' s bestselling memoir In Spite of Myself (Alfred A. Knopf Publishers) was much lauded by critics and readers alike.


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