Oliver James Platt is a Canadian-born American actor known for his performances in the films ‘Dr. Dolittle,’ ‘The Ice Harvest’ and ‘Casanova,’ the last of which garnered him a Boston Society of Film Critics Award nomination. Born to a career diplomat and a clinical social worker, Platt moved to USA when he was three months old. Platt studied at a progressive boarding school and later majored in drama at Tufts University before eventually beginning his career with Off-Broadway productions and regional theatre plays. With time, he ventured into the world of television and films as well. In a career spanning over three decades, the actor has appeared in numerous memorable films and television shows. Behind the screen, the talented actor is a father of three. He hails from a family of famous personalities; his ancestors include artist Charles A. Platt, equestrian Arthur Scott Burden, socialite Cynthia Roche and lawyer Joseph Hodges Choate. He is also associated with Diana, Princess of Wales through his great-great-grandparents.
Childhood & Early Life
Oliver James Platt was born on January 12, 1960 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada to Nicholas Platt and Sheila Maynard. His mother was a clinical social worker while his father was a career diplomat who once served as the US ambassador to Zambia, Philippines, and Pakistan.
He has an elder brother named Adam who works as a restaurant critic for ‘New York Magazine.’ He also has a younger brother named Nicholas Platt, Jr.
His maternal great-grandparents were socialite Cynthia Roche and equestrian Arthur Scott Burden. His paternal great-grandfather was Charles A. Platt, a renowned artist. His great-great grandparents were lawyer Joseph Hodges Choate and General Robert Shaw Oliver.
Because of his father's career, much of his childhood was spend in the Middle East, Asia, and Washington, DC. He attended multiple schools including Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Colorado and American School in Japan. Later, Platt attended Tufts University.
He worked three years as a stage actor in Boston, Massachusetts and toured with Shakespeare and Company before moving to New York.
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Oliver James Platt made his film debut in 1988 when he was cast as Ed Benitez in the comedy film ‘Married to the Mob’. That year, he also starred in the film ‘Working Girl’ as well as in one episode of ‘Miami Vice’.
In the early 1990s, he featured in the films ‘Flatliners’, ‘Beethoven’ and ‘The Three Musketeers’. In the ensuing years, he bagged roles in the movies ‘The Impostors’ and ‘Dr. Dolittle’. His role as Dr. Mark Weller in the latter earned him a nomination for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award.
In 2000 and 2001, Platt starred as Wallace Benton in the short-lived sitcom ‘Deadline’. Soon after this, he was cast in the serial political drama ‘The West Wing’.
He joined the cast of the courtroom drama ‘Queens Supreme’ in 2003. In 2005, the actor appeared in the comedy thriller ‘The Ice Harvest’ as an unhappy entrepreneur with a trophy wife and two step-kids who becomes involved with a friend who steals $2 million from a Mafia boss.
In the following years, he played roles in the dramas ‘The Bronx Is Burning’ and ‘Nip/Tuck’. From 2009 to 2011, the actor featured in the comedy series ‘Bored to Death’. During this time, he also starred in X-Men’s sequel ‘X-Men: First Class’ as the “Man in Black Suit.”
In 2010, Platt was cast as Paul Jamison in the series ‘The Big C’. Two years later, he starred alongside Leighton Meester and Hugh Laurie in the comedy ‘The Oranges’ and also featured in the action flick ‘Chinese Zodiac’.
He had recurring roles in the shows ‘Fargo’ and ‘The Good Wife’ in 2014. In 2015, he began featuring in the ‘Chicago’ drama series as Dr. Daniel Charles. A year later, he played the role of Dr. Perez in the supernatural thriller movie ‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’.
In 2004, Oliver James Platt was cast as Russell Tupper in the television series ‘Huff’. He played the role until 2006 and earned a Golden Globe Award nomination as well as a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his performance.
In 2005, the actor featured in Lasse Hallström's romance flick ‘Casanova’ as the lard merchant who competes with the titular character to marry Francesca. His performance was appreciated and he was awarded the New York Film Critics Online Award under the category of Best Supporting Actor. Platt also earned a Boston Society of Film Critics Award nomination for his mind-blowing performance.
Family & Personal Life
Oliver James Platt married Mary Camilla Bonsal Campbell in September 1992. They have three kids: Lily, George and Clare.
This actor is a second cousin once removed of late Diana, Princess of Wales, through his great-great-grandparents, Frances Ellen Work and MP James Roche.