Last year, actor Christopher Plummer came to Don Dixon to be shot as a Canadian icon. Having just finished starring in the play Barrymore, the 82-year-old actor walked through the door of Dixon’s east-end Toronto studio to be greeted by the photographer’s dog, Scruffy. “He got down on his hands and knees and let Scruffy kiss him all over his face,” recalls Dixon. “Then he stood up with Scruffy in his arms and said, ‘I’m a dog man.’ Half the pictures I took had my dog on his lap.”
Like other famous Canadians shot for the project, Plummer passed on more names that Dixon should approach. He also gave Dixon and his wife, Ana, a pair of tickets to a TV taping of Barrymore, with an invitation to meet him backstage later. “He’s such a class act,” says Dixon. “He is everything you would want a Canadian celebrity to be.” . . . You can read this article in the September/October 2012 issue of Applied Arts Magazine, now on the newsstand.