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Christopher Plummer, A Legend In Spite of Himself

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Christopher Plummer, A Legend In Spite of Himself

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Christopher Plummer, A Legend In Spite of Himself

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Plummer attributes some of his success as an actor to his early days in television, where scenes did not always go according to plan: "[I]f you put yourself in disaster, that's the best training of all... you know how to get yourself out of trouble." Knopf Canada hide caption

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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.