Oliver James Platt (born January 12, 1960) is an Canadian film and television actor.
Platt was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada to American parents Sheila Maynard, a clinical social worker who worked in Islamabad, and Nicholas Platt, a career diplomat who served as US ambassador to Pakistan, Zambia and the Philippines. His paternal grandfather was architect Geoffrey Platt, and he is also related to Diana, Princess of Wales, through their shared descent from the American heiress Frances Work. He has two brothers, Adam and Nicholas, Jr. Platt grew up in the United States, moving to Washington, D.C. shortly after his birth. He graduated from Tufts University. In 1992, he married Camilla Campbell, and they have three children, Lily, George, and Claire.
From 2004 to 2006, Platt starred as lawyer Russell Tupper in Huff, for which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He also played Oliver Babish, White House Counsel, on the TV show The West Wing.
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Casanova is a 2005 comedy film directed by Lasse Hallström based on the life of Giacomo Casanova.
In 1753, in Venice, Casanova (Heath Ledger) is famous/notorious for his success and promiscuity with women. The Doge, the ruler of the city, is sympathetic to Casanova, but cannot be too lenient, to avoid trouble with the church. He warns Casanova that he must soon marry or be exiled from the city.
Casanova is in love with Francesca (Sienna Miller), who writes illegal feminist books under the name of a man. However, her mother (Lena Olin) pushes her to marry Paprizzio (Oliver Platt), a corpulent rich man from Genoa, whom she has never seen. When Paprizzio arrives in Venice, Casanova lies to him that the hotel he booked is closed and lets him stay at his house. Casanova also lies that he is the author of the feminist books. While Paprizzio, preparing to visit Francesca, stays at Casanova's house, Casanova visits Francesca, pretending to her to be Paprizzio.
Later he confesses to her who...
The Ice Harvest is a 2005 neo-noir/comedy-drama film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Richard Russo and Robert Benton, based on the novel of the same name by Scott Phillips. It is distributed by Focus Features. The DVD was released on February 28, 2006.
The film begins on Christmas Eve in Wichita, Kansas. Charlie Arglist, (Cusack) a mob lawyer, has just stolen a duffel bag full of money from his employer with the help of Vincent "Vic" Cavanaugh (Thornton). All they have to do is act casually and unsuspiciously until they leave town. Vic takes the money while Charlie spends the night visiting his client's strip clubs and evading suspicion. Early on, he meets up with Renata (Nielsen), a strip club owner after whom he has secretly lusted. She hints at spending the night with him if he can produce a certain photo of a local politician's indiscretion for blackmail. Things begin to go sour when a henchman of Charlie's boss comes looking for him and Vic. The body count mounts as the...,
Loverboy is a 2005 dramatic film. It was directed by Kevin Bacon and the cast includes his wife, Kyra Sedgwick, as well as both of their children, Travis and Sosie. Thus far it is the only film credit for both the children.
Kinsey is a 2004 biographical film written and directed by Bill Condon. It describes the life of Alfred Kinsey (played by Liam Neeson). As a pioneer in the area of sexology research, his 1948 publication, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (the first of the Kinsey Reports) was one of the first recorded works that tried to scientifically address and investigate sexual behaviour and its consequences (and lack thereof) in humans. The movie also stars Laura Linney (in a performance nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress), Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt, Dylan Baker and William Sadler as Kenneth Braun. Kinsey was nominated for a number of awards, winning 10 of them.
Professor Alfred Kinsey, the protagonist, is being interviewed about his sex history. Through the interview, the salient points in Kinsey's life are revealed to the viewer in several flashbacks. There are two sequences: one depicting experiences as a...,
Pieces of April is a 2003 movie written and directed by Peter Hedges. It stars Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Oliver Platt, Alison Pill, Derek Luke, Sean Hayes, and Lillias White. Holmes plays a girl living in New York City who — although she is estranged from her dysfunctional family and doesn't know much about cooking — invites them to her small apartment for a potentially disastrous Thanksgiving dinner.Patricia Clarkson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in this film.Pieces of April is a low-budget independent film. It was shot in just 16 days on a budget of $100,000.,
Liberty Stands Still is a 2002 film starring Wesley Snipes and Linda Fiorentino. It is a thriller about a man seeking revenge for his daughter's death.
Liberty Wallace (Linda Fiorentino), the wife and business partner of wealthy weapons manufacturer Victor Wallace (Oliver Platt), is on her way to meet her lover, Russell (Martin Cummins), an actor who's about to go on-stage for the closing night of his hit play.
Their plans are ruined by a mysterious gunman who calls himself Joe (Wesley Snipes). Joe straps Russell to a bomb in his dressing room, which will go off if he moves or speaks too loudly. Joe then calls Liberty on her cell phone and coerces her into chaining herself to a hot dog stand in a plaza outside the theater. The hot dog stand is rigged with a bomb, which will go off if Liberty hangs up her cell phone, or when it runs out of battery power. Joe also has a sniper rifle, which is Liberty Firearms best selling gun, aimed at Liberty. Joe doesn't make any demands at first,...,
Don't Say a Word is a 2001 psychological thriller based on the novel of the same title by Andrew Klavan. The film tells the story of psychiatrist Dr. Nathan R. Conrad (Michael Douglas) whose wife (Famke Janssen) and daughter (Skye McCole Bartusiak) are held hostage, while he must unlock the key to a hidden fortune, locked away in the memory of a young mental patient (Brittany Murphy). Don't Say a Word was directed by Gary Fleder and written by Anthony Peckham and Patrick Smith Kelly.
The film was released worldwide into 2,842 cinemas on September 18, 2001. The DVD hit the US market first on February 19, 2002 and later on July 19, 2004 almost 3 years after the cinema release.
The films musical score was composed by Mark Isham. The soundtrack contains eight songs from various scene including; the Heist, the Kidnapping and the horrific events at the Subway.Some of the music in the film includes:
Ready to Rumble is a 2000 comedy movie directed by Brian Robbins and written by Steven Brill, which is based on the now defunct professional wrestling promotion, World Championship Wrestling. The movie draws its title from Michael Buffer's catchphrase, "Let's get ready to rumble!"
Sewage workers Gordie Boggs (David Arquette) and Sean Dawkins (Scott Caan) watch their favorite wrestler, WCW World Champion Jimmy King (Oliver Platt) get cheated out of the title by "Diamond" Dallas Page (playing himself) and an evil WCW promoter Titus Sinclair (Joe Pantoliano). The dimwitted duo embark on a quest to help their fallen hero regain his title and his honor.
Following the release of the movie, WCW bookers decided to promote the movie by running a storyline in which David Arquette, a legitimate wrestling fan, became WCW World Champion. The storyline was reviled by wrestling fans, and Arquette himself reportedly believed it was a bad idea, as he felt that it would damage the value of the belt he...
Bicentennial Man is a 1999 film starring Robin Williams based on the well-known novella of the same name by Isaac Asimov.
Bicentennial Man is based on the novel The Positronic Man, co-written by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg and based on Asimov's original novella titled The Bicentennial Man. The movie follows the existence of the robot Andrew Martin (Robin Williams), an android of the NDR series. Andrew, as he is referred to in the film, is purchased by the Martins in April 2005 to assist the family and is immediately rejected by the elder child of the family, with whom he clashes.
However, the clashes reveal to the family that Andrew has the capability for emotions, and he becomes particularly devoted to the younger of the children, Amanda Martin (Hallie Kate Eisenberg), whom he refers to as "Little Miss". In his time with the Martins, Andrew learns more and more of his surroundings. After accidentally breaking a glass figurine belonging to "Little Miss", Andrew carves a similar...
Three to Tango is a 1999 romantic comedy film starring Matthew Perry, Neve Campbell, Dylan McDermott and Oliver Platt.
Oscar Novak (Perry), an aspiring architect and his business partner, Peter Steinberg (Platt), have just landed a career-making opportunity with a Chicago tycoon Charles Newman (McDermott) who has chosen them to compete for the design of a multi-million dollar cultural center. In a ploy for publicity, Newman has pitched Oscar and Peter in a neck-and-neck competition with their archrivals and former colleagues, the hugely successful (and equally ruthless) Decker and Strauss. Though in a comic twist Oscar is mistaken for a gay man when meeting with Charles Newman. Under the mistaken impression that Oscar is homosexual, and therefore a safe companion for his girlfriend Amy (Campbell), he asks Oscar to keep an eye on her for him. Naturally, Oscar falls for Amy virtually on sight, but she thinks he's gay and thus he is forced to maintain the charade of being gay to avoid...,
Lake Placid is a 1999 comedy horror film. It was directed by Steve Miner and was released in the United States on July 16, 1999.
The film opens with Hank Keough (Brendan Gleeson), the sheriff of a small Maine community accompanying a scientist who is researching beaver population levels in a lake. The scientist is subjected to a horrific attack from an unseen menace beneath the water, and literally bitten in half.
A tooth is discovered embedded in the body and a request is sent to a museum for an expert to come and examine it. Palaeontologist Kelly Scott (Bridget Fonda) is selected for the mission, largely because her romantic relationship with her boss has just broken up as a result of his infidelity with another worker, and he wants to get rid of her until she calms down.
Kelly examines the tooth and believes that it is a crocodile. Jack and Hank take her down to the campsite and tell her more about the incident. Kelly goes out in the boat with the two and learns about the lake....,
The Impostors is a 1998 farce motion picture written and directed by Stanley Tucci, starring Oliver Platt, Stanley Tucci, Alfred Molina, Tony Shalhoub, Steve Buscemi, and Billy Connolly.The film, in which Oliver Platt and Stanley Tucci play a Laurel and Hardy-like odd couple of out-of work actors, is set in the depression-era 1930s; indeed, the retro style of the film is a recreation of 30s screwball comedy. The opening silent sequence harks back to the golden days of silent film.Arthur (Tucci) and Maurice (Platt) scrape a living by petty swindles and practice their acting technique whenever they can. Following a drunken confrontation with pretentious and dreadful Shakespearean actor Sir Jeremy Burtom (Alfred Molina), they are forced to hide as stowaways on a cruise ship. Unfortunately for the duo, Burtom himself turns out to be a passenger on the ship, along with a vividly diverse ensemble of larger-than-life characters — Steve Buscemi plays a suicidal crooner named Happy Franks who...
Simon Birch is a 1998 dramedy film loosely based on the novel A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. It was directed and written for the screen by Mark Steven Johnson. The film stars Ian Michael Smith as Simon, Joseph Mazzello as Joe, Ashley Judd, Oliver Platt and Jim Carrey. It omitted much of the latter half of the novel and altered the ending. The movie does not share the book's title at Irving's request; he did not believe that this novel could successfully be made into a film. The name "Simon Birch" was suggested by him to replace that of Owen Meany.The film opened on September 11, 1998.In the title role is 11-year-old Ian Michael Smith, who is afflicted with Morquio's Syndrome, a genetic disorder which causes dwarfism. The story begins when Joe Wenteworth, played by Jim Carrey, visits the grave of his childhood friend Simon Birch, whose gravestone is marked 1952-1964. Joe explains that Simon is "the reason I believe in God." This is followed by a flashback to their friendship...,
Dr. Dolittle is an American comedy film, released in 1998 and starring Eddie Murphy as a doctor who discovers that he has the ability to talk to (and understand) animals. The film was very loosely inspired by the series of children's novels of the same name, but none of the material from any of the novels was used; in fact, it could be said that one of the few resemblances is a doctor who can speak to animals. Notably the pushmi-pullyu, a much loved feature of the books, only makes a very brief appearance in the first scene in which the tiger appears in his cage. The first novel had been originally filmed in 1967 as a musical under the title Doctor Dolittle, a closer adaptation to the book. However, the earlier film was a box office bomb, but still remains a cult classic.The remake, however, was a success, and generated a theatrical sequel that was released in 2001, simply titled Dr. Dolittle 2. Both films also starred Raven Symone and Kyla Pratt as Dolittle's daughters. A third movie...,
A veteran Senate Democrat, Bulworth is losing his bid for re-election to a fiery young opponent. Bulworth's liberal views, formed in the 60s and 70s, have lost favor with voters, and so he has conceded to moderate politics and to accepting donations from special interests. In addition, though he and his wife (Christine Baranski)
have been having affairs openly for years, they must still present a
happy facade in the interest of maintaining a good public image.In another self-serving campaign effort, Bulworth purchases a $10 million life insurance
policy in exchange for a favorable vote for his insurance company.
Tired with the state of affairs and politics in general, he then orders
a hit on himself to be executed
within two days' time. Here, Bulworth takes a major turn, politically
and personally. Knowing his time left on earth is short, he begins
speaking his mind freely at public events and in the presence of the C-SPAN
film crew following his campaign. His frank, potentially...,
Dangerous Beauty (1998) is a biographical drama film directed by Marshall Herskovitz. It is adapted from the non-fiction book The Honest Courtesan, by Margaret Rosenthal, about the life of Veronica Franco (played by Catherine McCormack), a courtesan in 16th century Venice.
Veronica's lover Marco (Rufus Sewell) is discouraged by his family from marrying Veronica because her family is of humble means. Thus, he goes on to marry another woman of his status. Veronica and her mother (Jacqueline Bisset) must think of the future and find financial security, and Veronica's mother lays out the options. One of the few options that Veronica has in her time is to go to a convent, where she would be safe and protected, but it's not a life that fits her personality. So, Veronica's mother suggests that Veronica try to be a courtesan like her mother and grandmother before her once were. At first Veronica is less than enthusiastic about the idea of becoming a courtesan, but soon she becomes excited...,
Executive Decision is an action film, released on Friday, March 15, 1996.The film opens with a raid on a Chechen mafia safehouse by a United States Army special forces team whose objective is to recover a stolen Soviet nerve agent, DZ-5. The raid is unsuccessful, and one of the commandos is killed. The team is led by Lieutenant Colonel Austin Travis (Steven Seagal).We are introduced to Dr. David Grant (Kurt Russell), who is taking a flying lesson and nervous about flying on his own for the first time. Later, at the office, he is informed that the world's most feared terrorist, El Sayed Jaffa (Andreas Katsulas), has been taken into custody.Oceanic Airlines Flight 343 takes off from Athens bound for Washington Dulles. Soon after, the 747 is hijacked by Jaffa's number two man, Nagi Hassan (David Suchet), and a number of Jaffa's men. In London, a suicide bomber blows up a London restaurant, and the American embassy is notified by one of Jaffa's men using a tape recorder playing into a...,
The Three Musketeers is a 1993 movie version of the classic story from Walt Disney Pictures, directed by Stephen Herek. The original music score is composed by Michael Kamen and the cinematography is by Dean Semler.
In this version, the titular Musketeers are played by Charlie Sheen (Aramis), Kiefer Sutherland (Athos), and Oliver Platt (Porthos), with Chris O'Donnell as d'Artagnan. The supporting cast includes Tim Curry as Richelieu, Rebecca De Mornay as Milady de Winter, Gabrielle Anwar, Michael Wincott, Paul McGann, Julie Delpy, and Hugh O'Conor.
The movie is very loosely based on the novel The Three Musketeers (Les Trois Mousquetaires) by Alexandre Dumas, père. It recounts the adventures of d'Artagnan on his quest to join the three title characters in becoming a musketeer. However, this adaptation greatly simplifies and alters the story, and takes liberties with French History to the point of resembling an uchronia.
Following in his late father’s footsteps, d'Artagnan sets off to,
Are you afraid to die? Nelson (Kiefer Sutherland) isn't. He's an ambitious, charismatic medical student who persuades classmates Rachel Mannus (Julia Roberts) and David Labraccio (Kevin Bacon) to take part in a reckless experiment. To see if there is life after death, they will kill themselves: temporarily shut down ("flatline") their heart and brain functions to briefly experience clinical death. After Nelson survives the first experiment the others flatline for increasingly longer intervals. But their horror begins when they realize that although they've come back alive...they haven't come back alone (their perceived sins start literally coming back with them until their need for atonement is realised).
Flatliners is a chilling suspense thriller of obsession, fear and redemption, that will take you across the line to a place where terror lives forever.
Oliver Platt was born