Home   >   Movie Stars   >   P   >   Oliver Platt

Oliver Platt

Oliver Platt has enjoyed great success in film, on television and on stage. He received his first Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor for his work on Broadway in Conor McPherson's Shining City, which was also nominated for Best Play. Other accolades include a Golden Globe Award and back-toback Emmy Award nominations for his portrayal of Russell Tupper in Showtime's Huff, as well as an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of White House Counsel Oliver Babish on the popular political drama The West Wing. This year, he was nominated again for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his recurring role on Nip/Tuck, playing the flamboyant TV producer Freddy Prune.

Platt can be seen in the following upcoming films: the Harold Ramis comedy The Year One, opposite Jack Black and Michael Cera; an untitled Nicole Holofcener film, opposite Catherine Keener; and Roland Emmerich's epic 2012, opposite John Cusack, Thandie Newton and Amanda Peet.

Platt's recent features include Casanova, directed by Lasse Hallström, and The Ice Harvest, with John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton. Other film credits include Funny Bones, Bulworth, Married to the Mob, Working Girl, Flatliners, Postcards From the Edge, Indecent Proposal, The Three Musketeers, A Time to Kill, Doctor Dolittle, Simon Birch, Lake Placid, Don't Say a Word and Pieces of April.

Platt made his producing debut on the indie film Big Night, which was co-directed by actors Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott. He would later reteam with Tucci in The Impostors.

On television, Platt was seen playing the role of George Steinbrenner on the hit ESPN miniseries The Bronx Is Burning, opposite John Turturro and Daniel Sunjata. His performance earned him a SAG nomination.

Platt graduated from Tufts University with a degree in drama and immediately began working in regional theater, as well as off-Broadway, in such productions as The Tempest and John Guare's Moon Over Miami. He also starred in the Lincoln Center production of Ubu and Jules Feiffer's Elliot Loves, directed by Mike Nichols, and received rave reviews for his performance as Sir Toby Belch in Brian Kulick's Twelfth Night.

The son of a career diplomat, Platt was born in Washington, D.C., and spent part of his childhood in Asia and the Middle East. Platt now resides in New York with his wife and three children.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
Read earlier biographies on this page.

Oliver Platt Facts

OccupationActor
BirthdayJanuary 12, 1960 (57)
SignCapricorn
BirthplaceWashington D.C., District of Columbia, USA
Height6' 3½" (1m92)  How tall is Oliver Platt compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Shut In
X-men: First Class
Zig Zag
Bicentennial Man
American Experience: The Perfect Crime
2012
Executive Decision
The Outcast
Ready to Rumble
Malignant
Continue » Find more details on the Oliver Platt Movies page