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Born: April 14, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pikesville, Maryland, USA Profession: executive, attorney

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Marc Platt was a renowned producer in the worlds of theater and film, who gained some notoriety due to his involvement in perhaps the biggest flub in the history of the Academy Awards. Born on April 14, 1957 in Pikesville, MD, to a schoolteacher mother and a shoe salesman father, Platt first set his sights on becoming a lawyer, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, and getting his masters in law from New York University. Platt spent a few years as an entertainment lawyer before he got the producing bug. He started out in theater, as an associate producer on the play "Total Abandon" (1983), before moving into Hollywood and taking an executive producer credit on the college comedy "Campus Man" (1987). Throughout the nineties, Platt put in time at studios such as Orion Pictures, TriStar Pictures, and Universal Studios, before starting his own production company, Marc Platt Productions. The early 2000s gave Platt some huge successes on both stage and screen, in the form of the smash hit Broadway musical "Wicked" and the Reese Witherspoon law comedy "Legally Blonde" (2001) and its sequel, "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" (2003). The rest of the decade saw Platt producing a wide...

Marc Platt was a renowned producer in the worlds of theater and film, who gained some notoriety due to his involvement in perhaps the biggest flub in the history of the Academy Awards. Born on April 14, 1957 in Pikesville, MD, to a schoolteacher mother and a shoe salesman father, Platt first set his sights on becoming a lawyer, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, and getting his masters in law from New York University. Platt spent a few years as an entertainment lawyer before he got the producing bug. He started out in theater, as an associate producer on the play "Total Abandon" (1983), before moving into Hollywood and taking an executive producer credit on the college comedy "Campus Man" (1987). Throughout the nineties, Platt put in time at studios such as Orion Pictures, TriStar Pictures, and Universal Studios, before starting his own production company, Marc Platt Productions. The early 2000s gave Platt some huge successes on both stage and screen, in the form of the smash hit Broadway musical "Wicked" and the Reese Witherspoon law comedy "Legally Blonde" (2001) and its sequel, "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" (2003). The rest of the decade saw Platt producing a wide variety of titles, from the Anne Hathaway indie drama "Rachel Getting Married" (2008) to the Fellini-inspired musical "Nine" (2009), and from the stylish neo-noir of "Drive" (2011) to the ludicrous shoot-em-up "2 Guns" (2013). Platt hit pay dirt, however, when he co-produced Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" (2016), a splashy romantic homage to classic movie musicals that scored big at the box office and swept the 89th Academy Awards, earning 14 nominations, a record tied with "All About Eve" (1950) and "Titanic" (1997) for most nominations for a single film. On Oscar night, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway declared "La La Land" to be the winner for Best Picture, as almost all awards prognosticators had predicted. However, viewers watched in shock when, as Platt was giving his acceptance speech, it was revealed that the presenters had been given the wrong envelope, and that the actual Best Picture winner was "Moonlight" (2016), a quiet, micro budgeted drama about black LGBT youth. Platt and company graciously ceded the stage to the cast and crew of "Moonlight," unintentionally creating a Hollywood moment that would be discussed and analyzed forever.

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Began career as an entertainment attorney in New York
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Worked with agent Sam Cohn at ICM in New York
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Served as vice president of production for RKO Pictures
1987:
Joined Orion as vice president for production
1990:
Named president of production of Orion on February 20
1992:
Became president of TriStar Pictures
1996:
Left position as president of TriStar in July
1996:
Named president of production at Universal Pictures in August
1998:
Left Universal in April, reportedly after clashing with motion picture group chief Casey Silver
1998:
Signed production deal with Universal
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Formed his own production company, Marc Platt Productions
2001:
Executive produced "Legally Blonde" (2001) starring Reese Witherspoon and it's sequel "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" (2003)
2003:
Producer the Broadway hit musical "Wicked" with songs and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman
2005:
Produced the two-part mini-series "Empire Falls" that aired on HBO
2006:
Executive produced the two-part docudrama "The Path to 9/11" (ABC)
2008:
Produced the family drama "Rachel Getting Married"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Feature
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania - 1979

Notes

Not to be confused with dancer Marc Platt (b. 1913), who worked on Broadway and appeared in several films of the 1940s and 50s including "Tonight and Every Night" (1945), "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954), and "Oklahoma" (1955).

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wife:
Julie Platt.

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son:
Benjamin Platt.
son:
Henry Jacob Platt. Born on March 1, 1999.

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