Plummer will receive the award at a fundraiser in at the Edison Ballroom in New York City April 15.
Plummer received the Oscar last year for his supporting role in "Beginners."
Other film credits include "Stage Struck" "in 1958 in which he made his screen debut, "The Return of the Pink Panther," "Babes in Toyland," "The Man Who Would Be King," "Night of the Generals," "Basttle of Britain," "Waterloo," "Twelve Monkeys," "A Beautiful Mind," "Man in the Chair," "Star Trek VI," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," ""The Insider," "Inside Man," "National Treasure," "Syriana," "The Last Station" (in which he received his first Oscar nomination), and "The Sound of Music."
His stage debut was in "Henry V" at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in 1956. A former leading member of the Royal National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier and the Royal Shakespeare Company under Sir Peter Hall, Plummer won London’s Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in “Becket.”
Plummer was a leading figiure at Canada’s Stratford Festival under Sir Tyrone Guthrie and Michael Langham.
Plummer has appeared on Broadway in 17 productions, including "Barrymore," "Inherit the Wind," the musical "Cyrano" and co-starring with past Monte Cristo Award recipient James Earl Jones.
He also performed as James Tyrone from "Long Day's Journey Into Night" in the PBS "American Masters"documentary on Eugene O’Neill.
He also received an Emmy for the television mini-series The Thorn Birds."
The Monte Cristo Award is given to a prominent theater artist in recognition of a distinguished career. Past 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 and Barbara Gelb and Wendy Wasserstein. \
He is the father of Amanda Plummer.
Plummer us the 13th recipient of the award.