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Also Known As: Oliver James Platt Died:
Born: January 12, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Windsor, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, producer

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The definitive scene-stealing supporting player, Oliver Platt built a steady acting career with his knack for taking unappealing characters, like Russell Tupper on "Huff" (Showtime, 2004-06) and making them funny and unexpectedly empathetic. Platt's large frame, expressive face, and booming, gravelly voice were leveraged to great effect in countless roles as attorneys and other educated professionals, with the actor earning acclaim for guest stints on TV's "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) and "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 2003-10). On the movie screen, he made pompous, amoral scoundrels his calling card in "A Time to Kill" (1996), "Bulworth,"(1999) and "Frost/Nixon" (2008), while occasionally getting the chance to steal the spotlight in the madcap comedy "Impostors" (1997) and on Broadway with his Tony-nominated performance in "Shining City." Platt's unique talent for balancing imposing physical presence with subtle wit, while hinting at the vulnerable side of the over-confident blowhard made him one of the most interesting, craft-oriented actors on stage and screen.

The definitive scene-stealing supporting player, Oliver Platt built a steady acting career with his knack for taking unappealing characters, like Russell Tupper on "Huff" (Showtime, 2004-06) and making them funny and unexpectedly empathetic. Platt's large frame, expressive face, and booming, gravelly voice were leveraged to great effect in countless roles as attorneys and other educated professionals, with the actor earning acclaim for guest stints on TV's "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) and "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 2003-10). On the movie screen, he made pompous, amoral scoundrels his calling card in "A Time to Kill" (1996), "Bulworth,"(1999) and "Frost/Nixon" (2008), while occasionally getting the chance to steal the spotlight in the madcap comedy "Impostors" (1997) and on Broadway with his Tony-nominated performance in "Shining City." Platt's unique talent for balancing imposing physical presence with subtle wit, while hinting at the vulnerable side of the over-confident blowhard made him one of the most interesting, craft-oriented actors on stage and screen.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

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 Dorothy of Oz (2014)
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 Cut Bank (2014)
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 Chef (2014)
6.
 Frank and Cindy (2014)
7.
 Lucky Them (2014)
8.
 Chinese Zodiac (2013)
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 Love, Marilyn (2012)
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Milestones close milestones

1983:
Spent three years working in theatre in Boston, MA
1986:
After moving to NYC, appeared onstage with New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Club
1987:
Made TV debut on an episode of "The Equalizer" (CBS)
1987:
Acted onstage in Manhattan Punch Line productions
1988:
First feature film "Crusoe" screened at Cannes
1988:
First film released in the U.S., Jonathan Demme's "Married to the Mob"
1989:
Acted opposite Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci in "Moon Over Miami" at Yale Repertory Theatre
1989:
Starred as Père Ubu in Lincoln Center production of "Ubu"
1990:
First film with director Joel Schumacher, "Flatliners"
1992:
First film with Stanley Tucci, "Beethoven"
1993:
Played Porthos, one of the titular characters in "The Three Musketeers" alongside Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland
1993:
Played the attorney who draws up agreement between Demi Moore and Robert Redford in "Indecent Proposal"
1995:
Starred oppopsite Jerry Lewis in "Funny Bones"
1995:
Portrayed a journalist who exposes a group of neo-Nazis in HBO movie "The Infiltrator"
1996:
Produced first film "Big Night," co-directed by Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott
1996:
Played Matthew McConaughey's friend in "A Time to Kill"
1998:
Garnered praise for his turn as Warren Beatty's manic campaign manager in "Bulworth"
1998:
Co-starred with Stanley Tucci as deadbeat Depression-era actors in Tucci's "The Impostors"
1998:
Offered a fine turn as Ashley Judd's suitor in "Simon Birch"
1999:
Delivered scene-stealing performance as a caustic gay architect working alongside Matthew Perry in "Three to Tango"
2000:
Cast as a tabloid newspaper reporter on short-lived series "Deadline" (NBC)
2001:
Landed recurring role as White House counsel on several episodes of "The West Wing" (NBC)
2003:
Played the patriarch of a highly dysfunctional family in "Pieces of April"
2004:
Cast as Hank Azaria's best friend on Showtime drama, "Huff"
2004:
Cast opposite Liam Neeson in Bill Condon's "Kinsey"
2005:
Competed with Heath Ledger to marry Sienna Miller's Francesca in Lasse Hallström's "Casanova"
2005:
Cast opposite John Cusack in Harold Ramis' "Ice Harvest"
2006:
Played the haunted husband in Broadway production of "Shining City"
2006:
Co-starred with Kyra Sedgwick in Kevin Bacon directed "Loverboy"
2007:
Played recurring guest role on FX drama, "Nip/Tuck" as a TV producer
2007:
Portrayed George Steinbrenner, owner of the NY Yankees in "The Bronx is Burning" (ESPN)
2008:
Portrayed Bob Zelnick in Peter Morgan's feature adaption of "Frost/Nixon"
2009:
Acted opposite Lauren Graham in Broadway revival of "Guys And Dolls"
2009:
Appeared as a High Priest in Harold Ramis' biblical comedy "Year One"
2009:
Played the President's Chief of Staff in Roland Emmerich's disaster film "2012"
2010:
Played a magazine editor in romantic drama "Letters to Juliet"
2010:
Co-starred as Laura Linney's husband on Showtime series "The Big C"
2011:
Portrayed a CIA agent and head of Division X in prequel to the "X-Men" film series titled "X-Men: First Class"
2012:
Cast opposite Elle Fanning and Alice Englert in 1960s drama "Ginger & Rosa"
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Education

The American School: -
Shakespeare & Co.: Lenox , Massachusetts -
Colorado Rocky Mountain School: Carbondale , Colorado - 1978
Tufts University: Medford , Massachusetts - 1984

Notes

Platt reportedly turned down the leading role in the ABC drama series "The Practice".

"I'm realistic. A lot of people assume that [macho leading man kind of stardom] is what everybody wants. But look at what I've got for a second. You know what I mean? I've got standing employment. I have interesting roles. I make enough money. And my fortunes don't rise and fall to the same degree at all with every movie opening as those guys' do.

" ... I would like to think that I could parlay my chips into a little heap that would allow me to, on a much more manageable level, be able to do the things I want to do.

"What I aspire to do is just kind of slowly take more control over the storytelling process. And right now that takes the form of producing." --Oliver Platt to the Los Angeles Times, September 20, 1998.

"There's this tiny scene in ["The Imposters"] that's one of my favorites in the movie on a very personal level. You see, Stanley [Tucci] and I are like literally finishing each other's sentences. It was like the last scene shot on the first day, when we were losing the light. Stanley was nervous because the money people were there and he was just trying to be a good director and get his first day done.

"But when we looked at that scene later we said, 'It's so great!'--as much a memento or souvenir of our friendship, and of the fact that our friendship could show up on the screen that way.

"That's the luxury of making a movie with your close friends like that." --Platt to Los Angeles Times, September 20, 1998.

"A lot of people who grow up in a vagabond existence go into the performing arts. It's got a lot to do with assimilation. You have to change for whatever new culture you find yourself in.

"Children have a desperate need to fit in. I went to 12 schools before I graduated from high school. It's not any way to raise a kid. It's a wonder I didn't set fire to any buildings."

"I was just a p---ed-off kid. When I was very young, I was sent to boarding school, and that was a terrible experience. I wasn't ready to go, and that set off the meltdown of ninth grade, when I was kicked out of three schools in one year--basically, every English-speaking school in Japan that would have me.

"Then I found this amazingly progressive boarding school--Colorado Rocky Mountain School. I needed to be in one place with a consistent group of adults, and I really got my feet under me ... I went in 10th grade and stayed three years. That was definitely a turning point." --to Daily News, July 11, 1999.

"As for being labeled a "character actor, the good thing about it is often you have better roles coming your way --- the more interesting roles. And in terms of the whole, I'm a 'white male character actor.' That is the most employable subcategory in Hollywood. I can't tell you if I'm going to work too hard to be anywhere else." --Oliver Platt quoted in Variety, January 10, 1999.

"[Platt is] one of the most important and impressive actors of his generation. His decision to finally enter the world of series television after a highly successful and diverse feature film career is arguably the single most important piece of episodic TV casting in the last five or six seasons." --producer Dick Wolf to Daily Variety, August 19, 1999.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Camilla Campbell. Married c. 1992.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Nicholas Platt. Former US ambassador. Born in 1936; served as the US ambassador to Pakistan, Zambia and the Philippines.
mother:
Sheila Platt. Born in 1936.
brother:
Adam Platt. Writer. Born in 1958; travel writer.
brother:
Nicholas Platt Jr. Publisher. Born in 1964; publishes financial journals.
daughter:
Lili Platt. Born in 1995.
son:
George Platt. Born in 1997.
daughter:
Claire Platt. Born c. April 1999.
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