I’ve always liked Oliver Platt. He’s got that everyman quality that makes his onscreen presence so enjoyable to watch. He’s the definitive supporting player with surprising versatility, and despite his hulking frame and round, expressive face, he’s nabbed an array of movie roles in almost every conceivable genre – comedy, drama, period pieces, action-adventure and campy horror films. He’s excelled as a great character actor able to balance comedy and drama, and he’s shown that he can portray both detestable characters as well as endearing, unlikely heroes. Platt has appeared on Broadway and on popular cable TV shows like Huff and The Big C. It’s because of his appearance on stage and on the big and small screens and thanks to his colourful acting resume that he’s successfully defied typecasting to become a great supporting, character actor who triumphs onscreen no matter what the role.
Here is a look at a few of Oliver Platt’s memorable roles:
Married to the Mob
His first film role was in the mobster comedy Married to the Mob in which Platt played a wisecracking FBI agent.
In 1990, Platt starred in the ensemble death-defying thriller Flatliners opposite Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and Keifer Sutherland.
Platt costarred with Keifer Sutherland again in 1993 when he donned a cloak and turned in a memorable performance in The Three Musketeers.
Platt combined tension and humour wonderfully in a supporting role as a weapons designer on a team trying to rescue a hijacked plane in the action-thriller Executive Decision.
A Time to Kill
As one of many attorneys the actor would play, Platt starred as a pompous, alcoholic mentor to a young attorney (played by Matthew McConaughey) in the legal drama based on John Grisham’s bestselling book A Time to Kill.
Platt showed some great versatility as an actor when he starred as Warren Beatty’s drug-addicted campaign manager in the political satire Bulworth.
Co-starring opposite another of my other favourite underrated actors, Stanley Tucci, Platt portrayed a deadbeat actor during the Depression-era in the madcap improv comedy The Imposters.
In the campy horror-comedy film Lake Placid, Platt played a wealthy and eccentric mythology professor and crocodile enthusiast alongside Betty White and Bill Pullman.
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