Kevin Spacey Toasts Christopher Plummer at Gotham Fete

Kevin Spacey Toasts Christopher Plummer Gotham
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Acting icon receives Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's Monte Cristo Award

Veterans of stage and screen gathered at the Edison Ballroom on April 15 to honor Christopher Plummer with the 13th annual Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Monte Cristo Award. Thesps Kevin SpaceyZoe Caldwell and Nikki James, and Julie Andrews, the latter via pre-recorded video, paid tribute to the legendary actor’s theater career.

Previous Monte Cristo winner Caldwell toasted Plummer’s 60-year career, which began with his 1953 Broadway debut in “The Starcrossed Story.”

“But now he’s gone too far, he doesn’t just get older like the rest of us, he gets better, simpler, more powerful. And more capable of removing his armor. That’s a great actor. What do you think of that Eugene?” she joked.

Raising his glass of a triple Jack Daniels, 2009 Monte Cristo winner Spacey toasted to Plummer, calling him by his nickname, the Doctor: “I know we’re all very happy to know that if anything goes down tonight, there is indeed a doctor in the house.”

Spacey commented on the night’s award: “Compared to some of the awards that you might have won in the past, it’s much wider than the London Evening Standard Award, it’s more plentiful than the Edwin Booth Award, not easily as bought as the Golden Globe, doesn’t quite have the shine of your Oscar. But if we tonight behave as true actors of the living theater, it will make us drunker than the Jason Robards Award you got a few years ago.”

Plummer took the stage to accept his award, explain a past drunken episode with a horse in a Times Square bar and thank his fellow thesps, saying, “I am humbled and proud and grateful, grateful to all of you for giving me such a lovely night and making the whole thing go to my head!”

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  1. claudio valentim dos santos says:

    thats an actor who deserves all the awards! love this man

  2. Lloyd Atkinson says:

    Christopher Plummer is having quite an admirable and productive time in his 80’s. He has put his version of “Barrymore” on film and last year did a one-man stage show. He has also completed a cable tv film, “Muhamed Ali’s Greatest Fight “and worked on two feature films, “Elsa and Fred” and “Hector and the Search for Happiness.” He was in Vancouver this month working on the latter and “Elsa and Fred” brought him to Rome in late January to pay tribute to Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” with co-star Shirley Maclaine.Not bad for an actor who was once flustered when the real Mike Wallace once asked him, “How come you’re not a household name?.” Later Wallace would praise Plummer’s performance as Mike Wallace in “The Insider.”

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