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Edward Platt

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Years active  1949 – 1974
Name  Edward Platt

Role  Actor
Education  Princeton University
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Full Name  Edward Cuthbert Platt
Born  February 14, 1916 (1916-02-14) Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Died  March 19, 1974, Santa Monica, California, United States
Spouse  Suzanne Belcher (m. 1954–1974)
Movies and TV shows  Get Smart, Rebel Without a Cause, North by Northwest, Atlantis - the Lost Continent, Rock - Pretty Baby
Similar People  Barbara Feldon, Don Adams, Robert Karvelas, Buck Henry, Philip Ober

Ed Platt Tribute

Edward Cuthbert Platt (February 14, 1916 – March 19, 1974) was an American actor best known for his portrayal of "The Chief" in the 1965-70 NBC/CBS television series Get Smart. With his deep voice and mature appearance, he played an eclectic mix of characters over the span of his career.


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Stage, film and television career

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Platt was born in Staten Island, New York, and studied at the Juilliard School. He attended Princeton University, but left after his freshman year. Platt served in the United States Army during World War II.

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A powerful, operatically trained bass-baritone, he debuted on Broadway in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Allegro. José Ferrer, who performed with Platt in the Broadway play The Shrike, helped Platt land his first film role in the 1955 film version. Also in 1955, he appeared in Rebel Without a Cause starring James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo. Platt returned to Broadway in 1958 with the musical Oh, Captain!, playing a romantic role. In 1959, he played Cary Grant's attorney in North by Northwest. In 1959, Platt starred in the movie The Rebel Set, which was "riffed" by the television show Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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Platt also appeared in episodes of the original Perry Mason, 77 Sunset Strip, Trackdown, State Trooper (in the episode "Who Killed Doc Robbins"), Men into Space (in the episode "From Another World"), Ripcord (in the episode "Millon Dollar Drop"), Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Rifleman, Rawhide, Whispering Smith, The Outer Limits (in the first-season episode "The Man with the Power"), The Dick Van Dyke Show (in "A Nice Friendly Game Of Cards"), Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, Bat Masterson and The Twilight Zone.

His most famous role was the regular role of Chief in the espionage parody television series Get Smart (1965–1970). After the series ended, he played a recurring role in situation comedy series The Governor & J.J. in 1970. He had guest roles in several other television series of the era, mostly comedies. These included Temperatures Rising, Bewitched, Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, Love, American Style, and The Odd Couple as Oscar Madison's boss in the episode "Oscar's New Life".

Platt appeared as Sotto Voce in the 1969 KCET television reading of Norman Corwin's 1938 radio play The Plot to Overthrow Christmas.

Work as producer

In 1973, Platt raised the money to produce one of the first independent color motion pictures shot entirely on videotape: Santee, starring Glenn Ford. Platt saw the advantages of using videotape over film, and his crew shot the production with electronic TV cameras and portable VTRs, then had the images transferred to film for theatrical release. The movie was not commercially successful.


On March 19, 1974, Platt's body was found in his apartment. He was 58 years old. While early reports blamed a heart attack for the actor's death, his son later admitted Platt had committed suicide after a long struggle with untreated depression.


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