Actor Christopher Plummer 'Joins the Conversation' at WSHU Forum

News Story: December 21, 2008

More than 200 fans of film and the theater braved frigid cold this week to see an old friend. They came to hear Christopher Plummer share stories of his lengthy career as an actor in film and on stage. The longtime resident of Fairfield County was participating in WSHU’s Join the Conversation series for notable authors. Mr. Plummer, who stayed on to sign copies of his autobiography, In Spite of Myself, spoke at Sacred Heart University’s Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, December 8th. He was interviewed by WSHU music host Kate Remington.

Known to millions for his role as Captain Von Trapp in the 1965 film version of The Sound of Music, Plummer genially despises the role, saying he covered the movie in his autobiography mostly by talking about traveling in Austria. He has appeared in more than 100 feature films and has earned two Tony Awards, for the title roles in Cyrano and in Barrymore. His acting credits range from Shakespeare – he feels he now has the life experience needed to play Hamlet successfully – to Star Trek.

The father of actress Amanda Plummer grew up in Montreal in the 1930s and 40s. It was a city with an incredibly rich cultural life, he recalls, noting that his first ambition was to be a concert pianist – his high school classmate was the legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. He continues to act in a wide variety of films and joked that he has now reached the age that is perfect to play Methuselah or God. The handsome actor with the rich, somewhat British-sounding voice will be 80 next year.