Oliver James Platt (born January 12, 1960) is a Canadian-born American film, television, and stage actor. He has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Primetime Emmy Awards. He made his film debut in Jonathan Demme‘s Married to the Mob (1988), with Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine, Dean Stockwell, Mercedes Ruehl, and Alec Baldwin. His other films in that decade include Mike Nichols’s Working Girl (1988), with Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, and Sigourney Weaver; and Crusoe (1989), with Aiden Quinn.
Films in the early 1990s include Joel Schumacher‘s Flatliners (1990), with Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, and Kevin Bacon; Postcards from the Edge (1990), with Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, and Dennis Quaid; Temp (1993), with Timothy Hutton, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Faye Dunaway; Indecent Proposal (1993), with Robert Redford, Demi Moore, and Woody Harrelson; Benny & Joon (1993), with Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Quinn, and Julianne Moore; The Three Musketeers (1993), with Charlie Sheen, Sutherland, Chris O’Donnell, Tim Curry, Rebecca De Mornay, Michael Wincott, and Julie Delpy; Tall Tale (1995), with Scott Glenn, Nick Stahl, Stephen Lang, Roger Aaron Brown, Jared Harris, Catherine O’Hara, and Patrick Swayze; and Funny Bones (1995), with Jerry Lewis, Lee Evans, Leslie Caron, Richard Griffiths, Sadie Corre, Oliver Reed, George Carl, Freddie Davies and Ian McNeice.
Roles in the mid to late 1990s include Executive Decision (1996), with Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal, Halle Berry, David Suchet and John Leguizamo; Schumacher’s A Time to Kill (1996), with Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Ashley Judd, and Sutherland; Bulworth (1998), with Warren Beatty (who also directed), Berry, Don Cheadle, Paul Sorvino, Jack Warden, and Isaiah Washington; The Imposters (1998), with Stanley Tucci (who also directed), Alfred Molina, Tony Shalhoub, Steve Buscemi, and Billy Connolly; Dr. Dolittle (1998), with Eddie Murphy; Simon Birch (1998), with Ian Michael Smith, Joseph Mazzello, Jim Carrey, Ashley Judd and, David Strathairn; Lake Placid (1999), with Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Brendan Gleeson, Betty White, Meredith Salenger, and Mariska Hargitay; and Bicentennial Man (1999), with Robin Williams, Sam Neill, Embeth Davidtz, and Wendy Crewson.
Roles in the early 2000s include Ready to Rumble (2000), with David Arquette, Scott Caan, Rose McGowan, Joe Pantaliano, and Martin Landau; Gun Shy (2000), with Liam Neeson and Bullock; Don’t Say a Word (2001), with Michael Douglas, Brittany Murphy, and Sean Bean; Ash Wednesday (2002), with Edward Burns (who also directed), Elijah Wood, and Rosario Dawson; Pieces of April (2003), with Katie Holmes, Derek Luke, Sean Hayes, Alison Pill, and Patricia Clarkson; Hope Springs (2003), with Colin Firth, Heather Graham, Minnie Driver, and Mary Steenburgen; Kinsey (2004), with Neeson, Laura Linney, O’Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, and Tim Curry; Harold Ramis‘s The Ice Harvest (2005), with John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen, and Randy Quaid; and Lasse Hallström’s Casanova (2005), with Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, and Jeremy Irons.
Roles in the mid to late 2000s include David Wain’s The Ten (2007), with Paul Rudd, Famke Janssen, Ken Marino, Winona Ryder, and Liev Schreiber; Martian Child (2007), with John Cusack, Amanda Peet, and Joan Cusack; Ron Howard‘s Frost/Nixon (2008), with Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, and Sam Rockwell; Year One (2009), with Jack Black, Michael Cera, Olivia Wilde, June Diane Raphael, David Cross, and Juno Temple; 2012 (2009), with John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peet, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, and Harrelson; Nicole Holofcener‘s Please Give (2010), with Catherine Keener; Edward Zwick’s Love & Other Drugs (2010), with Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Hank Azaria, Josh Gad, and Gabriel Macht; and Letters to Juliet (2010), with Amanda Seyfried, Christopher Egan, Gael García Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave, and Franco Nero.
Films in the 2010s include Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class (2011), with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Jason Flemyng, and Bacon; The Oranges (2012), with Hugh Laurie, Leighton Meester, Keener, Allison Janney, Alia Shawkat, and Adam Brody; Chinese Zodiac (2012), with Jackie Chan (who also directed), Sally Potter’s Ginger & Rosa (2012), with Elle Fanning, Alice Engert, Christina Hendricks, Timothy Spall, and Annette Bening; Lucky Them (2013), with Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church; Chef (2014), with Jon Favreau (who also directed), Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, and Robert Downey Jr.; Cut Bank (2014), with Liam Hemsworth, Billy Bob Thornton, John Malkovich, Teresa Palmer, and Michael Stuhlbarg; and Merry Friggin’ Christmas (2014), with Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, Clark Duke, Oliver Platt, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tim Heidecker, Candice Bergen and Robin Williams.
Films in the mid to late 2010s include Frank and Cindy (2015), with Rene Russo, Johnny Simmons, Jane Levy, and Marc Maron; One More Time (2015), with Christopher Walken, Amber Heard, Kelli Garner, Hamish Linklater, and Ann Magnuson; The Cleanse (2016), with Johnny Galecki, Anna Friel, Anjelica Huston, Kyle Gallner, Kevin J. O’Connor, and Diana Bang; Shut In (2016), with Naomi Watts, Charlie Heaton, Jacob Tremblay, David Cubitt, and Clémentine Poidatz; Rules Don’t Apply (2016), with Beatty (who also directed), Bening, Matthew Broderick, Lily Collins, and Alden Ehrenreich; and Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017), with Luke Evans, Hall, Bella Heathcote, J.J. Field, and Connie Britton.
Plat has also done voice work in the straight to DVD animated film Wonder Woman (2009), with Kerri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Molina, Dawson, Marg Helgenberger, and Virginia Madsen; the animated musical Legends of Oz: The Return of Dorothy (2013), with Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, Kelsey Grammer, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty, Patrick Stewart, Bernadette Peters, and Martin Short; the English dub of The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013), with Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Lucy Liu, George Segal, James Marsden, and Beau Bridges; and Charlie Kauffman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020), with Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Collette and David Thewlis.
TV roles include guest appearances on The West Wing (1999 – 2006), with Martin Sheen, John Spencer, Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Janel Moloney, Dulé Hill, and Stockard Channing; Bored to Death (2009 – 2011), with Jason Schwartzman, Zack Galifianakis, and Ted Danson; Fargo (2014 – ), with Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, and Martin Freeman; along with main cast roles on Deadline (2000 – 2001), with Hope Davis, Bebe Neuwirth, and Lili Taylor; Huff (2004), with Azaria, Padgett Brewster, Blythe Danner, Anton Yelchin, Andy Comeau, Kimberly Brooks, Liza Lapira, and Faith Prince; and The Bronx Is Burning (2007), with Daniel Sunjata and John Turturro.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- Married to the Mob (1988) – directed by Jonathan Demme
- Working Girl (1988) – directed by Mike Nichols
- Crusoe (1989) – directed by Caleb Deschanel
- Flatliners (1990) – directed by Joel Schumacher
- Postcards from the Edge (1990) – directed by Mike Nichols
- Beethoven (1992) – directed by Brian Levant
- Diggstown (1992) – directed by Michael Ritchie – aka Midnight Sting
- The Temp (1993) – directed by Tom Holland
- Indecent Proposal (1993) – directed by Adrian Lyne
- Benny & Joon (1993) – directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik
- The Three Musketeers (1993)* – directed by Stephen Herek
- Tall Tale (1995) – directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik
- Funny Bones (1995) – directed by Peter Chelsom
- The Infiltrator (1995) – directed by John Mackenzie – TV movie
- Executive Decision (1996) – directed by Stuart Baird
- A Time to Kill (1996) – directed by Joel Schumacher
- Dangerous Beauty (1998) – directed by Marshall Herskovitz
- Bulworth (1998) – directed by Warren Beatty
- The Impostors (1998) – directed by Stanley Tucci
- Dr. Dolittle (1998)* – directed by Betty Thomas
- Simon Birch (1998)* – directed by Mark Steven Johnson
- Lake Placid (1999) – directed by Steve Miner
- Three to Tango (1999) – directed by Damon Santostefano
- CinderElmo (1999) – directed by Bruce Leddy – TV movie
- Bicentennial Man (1999)* – directed by Chris Columbus
- Ready to Rumble (2000) – directed by Brian Robbins
- Gun Shy (2000) – directed by Eric Blakeney
- Don’t Say a Word (2001) – directed by Gary Felder
- Liberty Stands Still (2002) – directed by Kari Skogland
- Zig Zag (2002) – directed by David S. Goyer
- Ash Wednesday (2002) – directed by Edward Burns
- Pieces of April (2003) – directed by Peter Hedges
- Kinsey (2004) – directed by Bill Condon
- Loverboy (2005) – directed by Kevin Bacon
- The Ice Harvest (2005) – directed by Harold Ramis
- Casanova (2005) – directed by Lasse Hallström
- The Ten (2007) – directed by David Wain
- Martian Child (2007) – directed by Menos Meyjes
- The Thick of It (2007) – directed by Christopher Guest – TV movie
- Frost/Nixon (2008) – directed by Ron Howard
- Wonder Woman (2009) – directed by Lauren Montgomery – straight to DVD
- Year One (2009)* – directed by Harold Ramis
- 2012 (2009) – directed by Roland Emmerich
- Please Give (2010) – directed by Nicole Holofcener
- Letters to Juliet (2010) – directed by Gary Winick
- Love & Other Drugs (2010) – directed by Edward Zwick
- X-Men: First Class (2011)* – directed by Mathew Vaughn
- The Oranges (2011) – directed by Julian Farino
- Chinese Zodiac (2012) – directed by Jackie Chan – aka CZ12
- Ginger & Rosa (2012) – directed by Sally Potter
- Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (2013) – directed by Will Finn & Dan St. Pierre
- The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013) – directed by Isao Takahata – English dub – Japan
- Lucky Them (2013) – directed by Megan Griffiths
- Gods Behaving Badly (2013) – directed by Marc Turtletaub
- Chef (2014)* – directed by Jon Favreau
- Cut Bank (2014) – directed by Matt Shakman – aka Hell Town
- Kill the Messenger (2014) – directed by Michael Cuesta
- A Merry Friggin’ Christmas (2014) – directed by Tristram Shapeero
- Frank and Cindy (2015) – directed by G.J. Echternkamp
- Bessie (2015) – directed by Dee Rees
- One More Time (2016) – directed by Robert Edwards
- The Cleanse (2016) – directed by Bobby Miller
- The Ticket (2016) – directed by Ido Fluk
- The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016) – directed by Alexandre Aja
- Shut In (2016) – directed by Farren Blackburn
- Rules Don’t Apply (2016) – directed by Warren Beatty
- Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)* – directed by Angela Robinson
- I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020) – directed by Charlie Kaufman