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Born: January 12, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Windsor, Ontario, CA Profession: Cast ...


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.

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