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Christopher Plummer, A Legend In Spite of Himself

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Renowned actor Christopher Plummer has graced the screen since television's earliest productions. He is best known for his performance as the Baron Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Plummer's memoir, In Spite of Myself, will be released next week.

The great grandson of a Canadian prime minister, Plummer tells how "this young bilingual wastrel, incurably romantic, spoiled rotten, tore himself away from the ski slopes to break into the big bad world of theatre, not from the streets up but from an Edwardian living room down."

He has made over 125 films since he began his professional career as a Shakespearian stage performer in the late 1940s, including more recent releases, Syriana, Inside Man and A Beautiful Mind.

This interview was originally broadcast on Nov. 20, 2007.

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