Oliver James Platt was born on Jan. 12, 1960, in Windsor, Ont. He is the middle of three brothers whose father was a U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Zambia and the Philippines. He also is a second cousin once removed of Diana, Princess of Wales, though he has said that he never met her.
Platt’s father’s career kept the family on the move, and at an early age, Platt was inspired by seeing a performance at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center – by Morgan Freeman – to consider pursuing acting. He majored in drama at Tufts University, then did theater in Boston for several years.
One of Platt’s New York performances drew the attention of Bill Murray, who recommended him to director Jonathan Demme – resulting in Platt launching his movie career in Demme’s “Married to the Mob.” Much other film work would follow for Platt, including early roles in “Working Girl,” the original “Flatliners,” “Postcards From the Edge,” “Beethoven,” “Indecent Proposal” and “Benny & Joon.”
Television parts in such shows as “Miami Vice” and “Wiseguy” led Platt to a starring role as a newspaper columnist in the series “Deadline,” and he later appeared as White House counsel Oliver Babish on “The West Wing,” which earned him an Emmy nomination. He earned two more for the series “Huff,” in which he worked with his college friend Hank Azaria.
“Nip/Tuck,” “Fargo,” “The Good Wife” and “Modern Family” are among other TV series that have featured Platt, and since 2015, he has starred as psychiatry chief Dr. Daniel Charles on NBC’s “Chicago Med.”
The New York-based Platt has been married since 1992, and he and his wife have two daughters and a son. He returns home often while working, since his family doesn’t join him on location.