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THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (Ebenezer Scrooge) has enjoyed almost 70 years as one of the theater's most respected actors and is a veteran of over 100 motion pictures. He played the great novelist Tolstoy opposite Helen Mirren in The Last Station (2010), receiving his first Academy Award nomination. He followed this turn with an Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor in Beginners, from writer-director Mike Mills. Plummer won Tony Awards for the musical "Cyrano" and drama "Barrymore." His seven Tony nominations include the title role in "King Lear" (2004) and Clarence Darrow in "Inherit the Wind" (2007). Plummer has also won three Drama Desk Awards and the National Arts Club Medal.

Plummer's more recent features 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. He co-starred in David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Atom Egoyan's Remember, Michael Radford's Elsa & Fred, Dan Fogelman's Danny Collins, Philip Martin's The Forger and Peter Chelsom's Hector and the Search for Happiness.

In 2016 Plummer co-starred with Lily James, Jai Courtney and Janet McTeer in The Exception, based on the novel The Kaiser's Last Kiss. Up next for Plummer are Boundaries, co-starring Vera Farmiga, and The Last Full Measure with Sebastian Stan, Ed Harris and Samuel L. Jackson. He is also doing voice work in the forthcoming animated feature The Star, from Sony Pictures Animation.

Raised in Montreal, 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 productions on Broadway and London's West End, winning accolades on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a former leading member of the Royal National Theatre, under Sir Laurence Olivier, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, under Sir Peter Hall. For "Becket" Plummer won an Evening Standard Award for Best Actor. He 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 include The Man Who Would Be King, Battle of Britain, Waterloo, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Star Trek VI, Twelve Monkeys and the 1965 Oscar-winning musical The Sound of Music. More recently, he was seen in The Insider (National Film Critics Award), A Beautiful Mind, Man in the Chair, Must Love Dogs, National Treasure, Syriana and Inside Man. The actor's television appearances, which number close to 100, include the Emmy- winning BBC production "Hamlet at Elsinore," playing the title role; the Emmy-winning productions "The Thorn Birds," "Nuremberg," "Little Moon of Alban" and HBO's "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," which earned seven Emmy nominations and won two.

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 the recipient of the 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. In 1986 he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and in 2000 he was honored on Canada's Walk of Fame. In 2012 Plummer returned to the Stratford Festival to perform "A Word or Two," the one-man show he created.

Plummer's best-selling memoir, In Spite of Myself (Knopf), has been much lauded by critics and the public alike.

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