On April 15, 2013, The Eugene O’Neil Theater Center will honor a titan of theater and film with their 13th Monte Cristo Award. Christopher Plummer is widely recognized as one of the finest classical actors of his time, enjoying nearly 60 years active in theater and a veteran of over 100 motion pictures. After his New York debut in 1954 he went on to star in many celebrated productions on Broadway, London’s West End, and Stratford, Ontario, winning accolades on both sides of the Atlantic.
From the time Sidney Lumet introduced him to the screen in “Stage Struck” (1958), Plummer’s range of memorable films include “The Man Who Would Be King,” “Battle of Britain,” “Waterloo,” “Fall of The Roman Empire,” “Star Trek VI,” “Twelve Monkeys,” and the 1965 Oscar-winning “The Sound of Music.” More recently, he is known for roles in the Oscar-nominated “The Insider,” the Oscar-winning “A Beautiful Mind,” “Man in the Chair,” “Must Love Dogs,” “National Treasure,” “Syriana,” and “Inside Man.”
He won the Oscar in 2012 as Best Supporting Actor for “Beginners,” and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for “The Last Station” opposite Oscar winner Helen Mirren. Plummer was awarded two Tony’s and seven Tony nominations, the latest for performances in “King Lear” (2004) and as Clarence Darrow in “Inherit the Wind” (2007), three Drama Desk Awards, and the National Arts Club Medal.
Importantly, he played James Tyrone from Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night on the PBS American Masters documentary of Eugene O’Neill.