Oliver Platt

 

Date Of Birth

January 12, 1960
 

Biography

Oliver Platt is an American actor especially noted for his versatility, as shown in the wide variety of roles he has already portrayed.

The son of Sheila Maynard and Nicholas Platt, Oliver Platt was born on January 12, 1960 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. His mother is a clinical social worker who served in Islamabad, while his father served as a US ambassador to Pakistan, Zambia and the Philippines. Due to his parents’ line of work, Oliver Platt spent most of his childhood in Asia. He attended Tuffs University where he majored in drama. After graduating, he worked for three years in a theater in Boston. His early acting career was in off-Broadway and regional theater, appearing onstage with the New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center Theater, and the Manhattan Theater Club.

Platt’s early film appearances include those in Working Girl (1988), Flatliners (1990), The Three Musketeers (1993), A Time to Kill (1996) and Bulworth (1998). In 1999, he co-starred with Stanley Tucci in the comedy film The Impostors, playing a deadbeat actor Maurice. That same year, he played the crocodile enthusiast Hector Cyr in Steve Miner’s horror film Lake Placid, alongside Bill Pullman and Bridget Fonda.

In 2000, Platt did his first lead role in American television when he was cast as the New York Ledger Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Wallace Benton in Deadline. Unfortunately, the series’ substandard writing led to its cancellation in 2001. Platt then decided not to appear in any television series, until he read a script for a guest role in The West Wing. With much satisfaction in the material, Platt immediately signed on for the role, which in turn earned him an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of White House Counsel Oliver Babish.

In 2004, Platt once again returned in American television when he played Russell Tupper in the drama series Huff. His outstanding portrayal in the Russell character earned him two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe.

Platt’s other acting projects include The Ice Harvest, Casanova, and the stage production Shining City. He later appeared in several episodes of Queens Supreme, The Bronx is Burning, and the medical series Nip/Tuck. In 2007, he was cast as Jeff in Martian Child, before he signed on to play roles in Wonder Woman, Year One, 2012 and The Prince of Providence in 2008.

After appearing in several episodes of HBO's Bored to Death, Platt was cast as one of the lead stars on The Big C. At present, he is part of the cast of the FX series Fargo.
 

Place of Birth

Windsor, Ontario, Canada
 

Birth Name

Oliver James Platt
 

Fun Facts

-He has three children with wife Mary Camilla Bonsal Campbell.
 

Filmography

2014 Fargo (TV Series)
2014 Chef (completed)
2013 Gods Behaving Badly
2013 Lucky Them
2013 Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
2010-2013 The Big C (TV Series)
2012 Chinese Zodiac
2012 Ginger & Rosa
2009-2011 Bored to Death (TV Series)
2011 Jake and Amir: Fired (TV Short)
2011 The Oranges
2011 X-Men: First Class
2010 Love & Other Drugs
2010 Letters to Juliet
2010 Please Give
2009/I 2012
2009 Year One
2009 Wonder Woman (Video)
2008 Frost/Nixon
2007-2008 Nip/Tuck (TV Series)
2007 The Thick of It (TV Movie)
2007 Martian Child
2007 The Bronx Is Burning (TV Series)
2003-2007 Queens Supreme (TV Series)
2007 The Ten
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours (Video Game) (voice)
2004-2006 Huff (TV Series)
2001-2005 The West Wing (TV Series)
2005 Casanova
2005 The Ice Harvest
2005 Loverboy
2004 Kinsey
2004 Strip Search (TV Movie)
2003 Hope Springs
2003 Pieces of April
2002 Ash Wednesday
2002 Zig Zag
2002 Liberty Stands Still
2001 SSX Tricky (Video Game)
2001 Don't Say a Word
2000-2001 Deadline (TV Series)
2000 Ready to Rumble
2000 Gun Shy
1999 Bicentennial Man
1999 Cinderelmo (TV Movie)
1999 Three to Tango
1999 Lake Placid
1998 Simon Birch
1998 Doctor Dolittle
1998 The Impostors
1998 Bulworth
1998 Dangerous Beauty
1996 A Time to Kill
1996 Executive Decision
1995 The Infiltrator (TV Movie)
1995 Funny Bones
1995 Tall Tale
1993 The Three Musketeers
1993 Benny and Joon
1993 Indecent Proposal
1993 The Temp
1992 Diggstown
1992 Beethoven
1990 Wiseguy (TV Series)
1990 Postcards from the Edge
1990 Flatliners
1988 Working Girl
1988 Tattingers (TV Series)
1988 Married to the Mob
1988 Crusoe
1988 Miami Vice (TV Series)
1987 The Equalizer (TV Series)
 

Height

6' 3 1/2" (1.92 m)
 

Quotes

"The only thing I wanted to do when I was a young naive kid was to become a New York stage actor. I thought that would be nirvana. I think of myself as an actor. If other people want to pigeonhole me, if they want to think of me as a big deal or a medium deal or a small deal, well, that's up to them."

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