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Oliver Platt

Lowest Rated:   8% Shut In (2016)
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Birthplace:   Windsor, Ontario, Canada
A hulking character actor who brings new meaning to the concept of versatility, Oliver Platt has appeared in a dizzying array of films that make him instantly recognizable but not instantly placeable to the average filmgoer. Since making his screen debut as an oily Wall Street drone in Mike Nichols' Working Girl (1988), Platt has lent his talents to almost every conceivable genre, including period dramas, political comedies, children's films, and campy horror movies.The son of a U.S. Ambassador, Platt was born in Windsor on January 12, 1960, Platt and his family soon moved to Washington, D.C. Thanks to his father's job, he had an exceptionally itinerant childhood. By the time he was 18, he had attended 12 different schools in places as diverse as Tokyo, the Middle East, and Colorado. Long interested in acting, Platt received a BA in drama from Boston's Tufts University; following graduation, he remained in Boston for three years to pursue his stage career. In 1986 he moved to New York, where he performed in a number of off-Broadway productions and had the lead in the 1989 Lincoln Center production of Ubu. Following his screen debut in Working Girl, Platt began finding steady work in such films as Married to the Mob (1988), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Beethoven (1992) -- which featured him and future collaborator Stanley Tucci as puppy thieves -- and Benny and Joon (1993). He also proved himself adept at cheesy period drama in The Three Musketeers (1993), which cast him as Porthos, and at all-out comedy, as demonstrated by his turn as a struggling comic in Funny Bones (1995). Rarely cast as a leading man, Platt has always been visible in substantial supporting roles, equally comfortable at portraying nice guys, bad guys, and just flat out weird guys alike. As Ashley Judd's suitor in Simon Birch (1998), he was the straight man, while in The Impostors (1998), his second collaboration with Tucci (two years earlier he served as associate producer for the latter's Big Night), he again displayed his capacity for broad physical comedy as a struggling actor who finds himself a stowaway on an ocean liner. In Dangerous Beauty (1998), Platt was able to exercise his nasty side as a bitter nobleman-turned-religious zealot in 16th-century Venice; that same year, his capacity for exasperated quirkiness was displayed in Bulworth, which cast him as Warren Beatty's put-upon, coke-snorting campaign manager.1999 proved to be a somewhat disappointing year for Platt, as two of his films, Three to Tango (which featured him as a gay architect) and the schlock-horror Lake Placid, which cast him as an idiosyncratic mythology expert, were both critical and commercial flops. A third film that year, Bicentennial Man -- in which Platt played the scientist who turns the titular robot (Robin Williams) into a man -- fared somewhat better. The following year, Platt's comic abilities were again on display in Gun Shy, in which he hammed it up as a bottom-rung mafioso with an overblown ego.Fortunately for the workhorse actor, the 2000s seemed to prove the boost -- and exposure -- his sagging career needed. Earning back to back Emmy nominations in 2006 and 2007 for his performance opposite former Tufts University classmate Hank Azaria in the weekly dramedy Huff, Platt was also nominated for a Screen Actor's Guild Award for his turn as New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner in the TV mini-series The Bronk is Burning (2007). With 2008 came yet another Ammy nomination -- this time for his guest role on the hit FX series Nip/Tuck -- and in 2009 he appeared as Nathan Detroit in the Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls. Other notable television appearances from this phase of Platt's career included a recurring character on the seriocomic HBO series Bored to Death and a prominent role as the husband of a suburban housewife diagnosed with cancer in the Showtime comedy drama series The Big C.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
48% The Ticket
  • Bob
2017
55% Rules Don't Apply
  • Forester
$3.7M 2016
8% Shut In
  • Dr. Wilson
$6.9M 2016
40% The 9th Life of Louis Drax
  • Dr. Perez
2016
50% One More Time (When I Live My Life Over Again)
  • Alan
2016
No Score Yet Frank and Cindy
  • Frank
2016
33% Cut Bank
  • Joe Barrett
2015
12% Mortdecai
  • Actor
$6.9M 2015
78% The Master Cleanse
  • Actor
2015
89% Bessie
  • Carl Van Vechten
2015
16% A Merry Friggin' Christmas
  • Hobo Santa
2014
100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  • Lord Minister of the Right Abe
$0.5M 2014
78% Kill the Messenger
  • Jerry Ceppos
$2.5M 2014
76% Lucky Them
  • Giles
2014
86% Chef
  • Ramsey Michel
$23.7M 2014
16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
  • Wiser the Owl
$6.5M 2014
38% Chinese Zodiac
  • Lawrence
2013
80% Ginger & Rosa
  • Mark
$1.1M 2013
62% Love, Marilyn
  • Actor
$2.9k 2012
33% The Oranges
  • Terry
$0.3M 2012
No Score Yet Gods Behaving Badly
  • Apollo
2012
86% X-Men: First Class
  • Man in Black
$145.3M 2011
49% Love and Other Drugs
  • Bruce Winston
$33.3M 2010
41% Letters to Juliet
  • Bobby
$53.1M 2010
86% Please Give
  • Alex
$4.1M 2010
39% 2012
  • Carl Anheuser
$166.2M 2009
15% Year One
  • High Priest
$43.4M 2009
88% Wonder Woman
  • Hades
2009
92% Frost/Nixon
  • Bob Zelnick
$18.6M 2008
33% Martian Child
  • Jeff
$7.5M 2007
37% The Ten
  • Marc Jacobson
$0.6M 2007
17% Loverboy
  • Mr. Pomeroy
2006
44% Casanova
  • Paprizzio
$11.2M 2005
46% The Ice Harvest
  • Pete Van Heuten
$8.9M 2005
90% Kinsey
  • Herman Wells
$10.3M 2004
No Score Yet Strip Search
  • Actor
2004
84% Pieces of April
  • Jim Burns
$2.5M 2003
25% Hope Springs
  • Doug Reed
2003
27% Ash Wednesday
  • Actor
2002
44% Zigzag
  • Mr. Walters / 'The Toad'
2002
No Score Yet Liberty Stands Still
  • Victor Wallace
2002
24% Don't Say a Word
  • Louis
$54.3M 2001
23% Ready to Rumble
  • Jimmy King
2000
24% Gun Shy
  • Fulvio Nesstra
2000
37% Bicentennial Man
  • Rupert Burns
1999
28% Three to Tango
  • Peter Steinberg
1999
40% Lake Placid
  • Hector
1999
62% The Impostors
  • Maurice
1999
44% Simon Birch
  • Ben
1998
43% Dr. Dolittle
  • Dr. Mark Weller
1998
75% Bulworth
  • Dennis Murphy
1998
70% Dangerous Beauty
  • Maffio Venier
1998
No Score Yet Doctor Dolittle
  • Actor
1998
67% A Time to Kill
  • Harry Rex Vonner
1996
63% Executive Decision
  • Dennis Cahill
1996
No Score Yet The Infiltrator
  • Yaron Svoray
1995
61% Funny Bones
  • Tommy Fawkes
1995
50% Tall Tale
  • Paul Bunyan
1995
31% The Three Musketeers
  • Porthos
1993
38% Indecent Proposal
  • Jeremy
1993
29% The Temp
  • Jack Hartsell
1993
75% Benny & Joon
  • Eric
1993
54% Diggstown
  • Fitz
1992
31% Beethoven
  • Harvey
1992
49% Flatliners
  • Randy Steckle
1990
90% Postcards from the Edge
  • Neil Bleene
1990
84% Working Girl
  • Lutz
1988
91% Married to the Mob
  • Ed Benitez
1988
67% Crusoe
  • Mr. Newby
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
70% Chicago Justice
2017
  • Actor
  • 2017
No Score Yet Chicago Fire
2012
  • Dr. Daniel Charles
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
48% Chicago Med
2015
  • Daniel Charles
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Chicago P.D.
2014
  • Daniel Charles Dr. Daniel Charles
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
86% Modern Family
2009
  • Martin
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sofia the First
2013
  • Voice
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
98% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • R.D.
  • 2015
96% Fargo
2014
  • Stavros Milos
  • 2014
69% The Big C
2010-2013
  • Paul Jamison
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
71% Bored to Death
2009-2011
  • Richard Antrem
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
79% Nip/Tuck
2003-2010
  • Freddie Prune Freddy Prune
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Oliver Babish
  • 2005
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2003
No Score Yet Prohibition
2011
  • Actor

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