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When Christopher Plummer was growing up, he studied piano. "I thought seriously of becoming a concert pianist," he says. "But I soon found that that was very lonely and very hard work. So I thought, 'Well, I'm a good mimic, I might as well go into the theatre.' I wasn't good at anything else, so in I went."
That happy decision has led to a more than 60-year career in theatre, film and television. Plummer is a stage giant. He has won many awards, including two Tonys for Best Actor — one for a play, one for a musical — and this year, at age 82, an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (for "Beginners").
He is beloved for his 1965 film role as Captain von Trapp in "The Sound of Music." Plummer won his Tonys in 1974 for a musical version of Cyrano and in 1997 for a tour de force performance in the title role of Barrymore, William Luce's play based on the life of John Barrymore. A film version, also called "Barrymore," opens this fall.
He spent time learning his craft in repertory companies. "That's the way you should start. Playing hundreds of different roles."
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