Who Is Oliver Platt?
Born in Windsor, Ontario, in 1960, Oliver Platt spent much of his childhood abroad thanks to a father who worked in the U.S. Foreign Service. After making his big screen debut in Married to the Mob, he became a highly sought-after actor throughout the 1990s, appearing in features like The Three Musketeers, A Time to Kill and Dr. Doolittle. Also known for contributions to TV shows like The West Wing, Huff and The Big C, Platt has starred as Dr. Daniel Charles on Chicago Med since 2015.
In 2015 Platt settled into a regular gig on prime-time television with NBC's Chicago Med. The show delves into the usual explosive terrain of emergency room encounters, with Platt's Chief of Psychiatry Dr. Daniel Charles in the thick of it all because, as he describes it, "he's interested in providing mental health support to people who don’t have $400 an hour to spend on their brain and on their emotional life." With his character also appearing on episodes of the related Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire and Chicago Justice, Platt prepared to return for the Season 4 premiere of the Windy City medical drama in late September 2018.
'The West Wing'
Following the disappointment of his attempt to headline the crime drama Deadline in 2000, Platt rebounded nicely on The West Wing. His White House Counsel Oliver Babish cut straight through the flowery ruminations usually delivered by Aaron Sorkin-penned characters, even putting President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and the first lady (Stockard Channing) on notice with his no-nonsense demeanor. Platt made his mark on the show despite appearing in only eight episodes, earning an Outstanding Guest Actor Emmy nomination in 2001.
'Huff' and 'The Big C'
Beginning in 2004, the actor was off in a different direction on Showtime's Huff, as the alcoholic, hedonistic best friend of Hank Azaria's main character. The cable network format gave Platt the freedom to play his character to the hilt, resulting in a Golden Globe win and another two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor. He later played a more redemptive scoundrel on The Big C, his man-child husband coming to terms with his wife's (Laura Linney) melanoma, and both earning praise for finding organic humor amid the delicate subject material.
'The Bronx Is Burning' and 'Fargo'
In 2007 Platt took on the outsized role of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner in the ESPN miniseries The Bronx Is Burning. Careful not to let his portrayal slip into parody, he nevertheless aptly dramatized the demanding businessman as he pushed manager Billy Martin (John Turturro) and star slugger Reggie Jackson (Daniel Sunjata) to deliver his World Series championship. Seven years later, Platt helped Fargo make the transition from cult movie favorite to successful anthology series, his "Supermarket King" Stavros Milos succumbing to the manipulations of Billy Bob Thornton's Lorne Malvo.
'Nip/Tuck' and 'Bored to Death'
Platt delivered a brief but memorable arc on Season 5 of Nip/Tuck as flamboyant producer Freddy Prune, earning an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor. He also enjoyed a recurring role on the noir-ish comedy Bored to Death, as the antagonist of Ted Danson's fellow magazine editor.
'Married to the Mob' to 'The Three Musketeers'
Beginning with his first big screen role as FBI agent Ed Benitez in Married to the Mob (1988), Platt in his early career had a knack for finding his way into some of the best known films of the era. He played an irritating boss in Working Girl (1988) and a friend to the hotshot team of medical students in the psychological thriller Flatliners (1990), before parts in Postcards from the Edge (1990), Beethoven (1992) and Benny & Joon (1993).
The Three Musketeers (1993) provided the up-and-coming actor with his most prominent project to date; while reviews were not stellar, a big-name cast ensured a strong audience turnout, and Platt, as the ebullient Porthos, proved he had the presence to shine alongside stars Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen and Tim Curry.
'A Time to Kill' to 'Bicentennial Man'
Working steadily throughout the 1990s, Platt mainly delivered supporting roles in features that spanned a wide range of genres and budgets. Some, like the thriller Executive Decision (1996), the legal drama A Time to Kill (1996) and the Eddie Murphy farce Dr. Doolittle (1998), were successful at packing theaters; others, like the comedy-drama Funny Bones (1995) and the screwball throwback The Imposters (1998), seemed geared toward more exclusive audiences. During this time Platt also featured prominently in Warren Beatty's political comedy Bulworth (1998), the horror flick Lake Placid (1999) and the ambitious but uneven Bicentennial Man (2000).
'Kinsey,' 'The Ice Harvest' and 'Casanova'
Platt's role as pro-wrestler Jimmy King in the physical comedy-laden Ready to Rumble (2000) seemingly set off a string of forgettable films, but he was back at the top of his game with a small but key part in Kinsey (2004), as university president Herman Wells. He then delivered a master class in how to maintain control of a drunk character in the caper comedy The Ice Harvest (2005), before delivering an award-winning turn as the unlikely and outwitted suitor Paprizzio, alongside Heath Ledger in Casanova (2005).
Sandwiching a dramatic performance in Frost/Nixon (2008) with ludicrous turns in The Ten (2007) and Year One (2009), Platt went on to garner more award nominations for anchoring the dysfunctional family comedy Please Give (2010).
'2012,' 'Chef' and 'Professor Marston'
Platt was plastered across multiplex screens in 2009 via the disaster epic 2012, as presidential chief of staff Carl Anheuser, and was back in blockbuster mode as the Man in Black in X-Men: First Class (2011). Along with delivering voice work for Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2013) and the English version of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013), he dug into his family history for his contributions to Chef (2014) — his brother Adam is a food critic — and portrayed a newspaper editor in the biographical Kill the Messenger (2014).
Both The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) and Shut In (2016) featured Platt as a doctor helping to piece together the supernatural puzzle afoot, before he took on the role as a comic book publisher in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017), the unlikely story behind the creation of the medium's famed lasso-twirling heroine.
Height and Net Worth
Platt, who stands an imposing 6'3", is valued at $4 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Wife and Family
Platt has been married to Camilla Campbell since September 1992. A former employee of Jim Henson Productions, Camilla is the director of admissions for the high school division of New York City's Grace Church School. The couple are parents to children Lily, George and Clare.
Platt began his professional career in theater, joining various productions in the Boston area and touring with Shakespeare & Company until heading to New York in the mid-1980s. He soon made a name for himself in the Big Apple through performances at Lincoln Center and other off-Broadway venues, with Bill Murray taking note and helping the young actor catch on in Hollywood.
Platt later made a splash in his 2006 Broadway debut, earning a Tony nomination for his portrayal of a haunted widower in Shining City. Three years later he took on another celebrated role, following in the footsteps of some of the stage's most famous actors with his version of Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls.
A Childhood Abroad
Oliver James Platt was born on January 12, 1960, in Windsor, Ontario, the second of three boys born to Sheila and Nicholas Platt. His father, a longtime diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, soon moved the family back to the Washington, D.C., area, and by age three, Oliver was on the move again, landing in Taiwan for Chinese language training before a longer stay in Hong Kong.
Although his early childhood was marked by full immersion into international cultures, Platt experienced another awakening while back in D.C. in the late 1960s, watching Morgan Freeman deliver a commanding performance at the Kennedy Center. Around that time, he also enjoyed a memorable moment while performing in a school Christmas pageant, as the strong audience reaction to his brief time on stage left a lasting mark on the young actor.
The constant moving took its toll on Platt, who was kicked out of three schools during his ninth-grade year. However, he found his footing at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, where he remained from the 10th grade until graduation.
From there it was on to Tufts University in Boston, where he befriended future Huff co-star Hank Azaria and made an impression with his performances in school productions of Waiting for Godot and The Merchant of Venice, before earning his B.A. in drama in 1983.
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