American Masters: Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

American Masters: Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 9:00pm

Pictured: Plimpton practing with the Boston Bruins, 1977

Credit: Courtesy of Sports Illustrated/Laemmle Zeller Films

Explore the tall-tale life of participatory journalist and Paris Review co-founder George Plimpton.

Famed participatory journalist George Plimpton (1927–2003) was a writer, editor, amateur sportsman, actor, and friend to many. American Masters showcases his remarkable life in Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself, premiering Friday, May 16, 2014 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The documentary is both a chronicle of one of the last century’s most intriguing characters, as well as a cinematic adaption of his nuanced and funny literary style. Using Plimpton’s own narration, new interviews with friends, family and contemporaries, and extensive archival material, the film creates a compelling portrait of a one-of-a-kind person who lived fully, strangely and incredibly. Plimpton co-founded and worked as the editor of influential literary magazine The Paris Review for 50 years (1953-2003). The Paris Review and Plimpton’s widow Sarah Dudley Plimpton, granted filmmakers Tom Bean and Luke Poling full access to George’s private archives, including previously unseen material.