Christopher Plummer to Receive O'Neill Center's Monte Cristo Award
07 Jan 2013
Veteran stage and film actor Christopher Plummer will be honored with the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's Monte Cristo Award in a ceremony to take place April 15 in New York City.
A two-time Tony Award winner for Cyrano and Barrymore, and beloved for the film of "The Sound of Music," Plummer is being honored for "his monumental achievements and contributions to the American and international theatre community."
Plummer is an Academy Award winner for "Beginners." He also portrayed James Tyrone from Long Day's Journey Into Night for a PBS American Masters documentary of Eugene O'Neill.
"We are truly honored to present Christopher Plummer with the Monte Cristo Award. Mr. Plummer's unmistakable footprint upon stage and screen defines the Monte Cristo Award – artistic excellence and a lifelong commitment to theatre. His fondness for Eugene O'Neill's work and impact on the American stage is profound. I look forward to an incredible night in April," said O'Neill executive director Preston Whiteway in a statement.
Previous Monte Cristo recipients include Michael Douglas, James Earl Jones, Harold Prince, Kevin Spacey, Neil Simon, Jason Robards, Jr., Edward Albee, August Wilson, Zoe Caldwell, Brian Dennehy, Karl Malden, Arthur & Barbara Gelb and Wendy Wasserstein.
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