OLIVER PLATT

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Soap Synopes - BY JAY BOB­BIN

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.

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