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Edward Platt – MovieActors.com

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Platt in POLLYANNA.

About Edward Platt (1916 – 1974)

Edward Platt was born on February 14, 1916 on Staten Island, New York. He inherited his considerable singing ability from his mother's side of the family. Sometimes Edward Platt is credited as Edward C. Platt or Ed Platt.

Edward attended a private high school, Northwood, in Lake Placid, upstate New York. After graduating from high school, Edward enrolled in Princeton, studying romantic languages. But his love of music and his talent pulled him away from Princeton, and he enrolled in the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, thinking about having a singing career in opera. He was eventually accepted into Juilliard.

Edward Platt started out as a band vocalist with Paul Whiteman and Orchestra, before joining The Mozart Opera Company in New York, singing bass in their productions. in 1942, Edward moved onto the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, appearing in the operettas "The Mikado," "The Gondoliers" and "The Pirates of Penzance".

Edward Platt was drafted into the army during WW2, and he served as a radio operator. After the war, he continued to do radio work, because of his deep, resonant voice. But, singing called him back to Broadway, where he landed a role in the 1947 stage musical, "Allegro."

A 1952 Broadway stage role took Edward Platt to Hollywood. Appearing in THE SHRIKE, on Broadway brought Platt to reprise the same role for the 1955 film version with the same name.

A whole new world full of acting opportunities opened up for Edward Platt in both film and television work. In 1955, he was cast in a Edward G Robinson movie, IILEGAL, and also in REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. He was on a lot of television series as a guest star, making a fine living, with films squeezed in between.

The most well known role for Edward Platt was playing a secret agent in the hit 1965-1970 TV series GET SMART as "The Chief".

On the popular day-time soap, GENERAL HOSPITAL, Edward Platt played Dr. Miller in 1963.
Playing a variety of roles, Edward Platt was on the hit 1971 TV series, THE OUTER LIMITS, as David Hunt; in the episode: "Keeper of the Purple Twilight", as Mr. Terrence; in the episode: "The Special One", and playing the character, Dean Radcliffe in the episode: "The Man with the Power".

Taking on a new role, Edward Platt turned producer for the 1973 movie, SANTEE.


On March 19, 1974 Edward Platt passed away in Santa Monica, California from a heart attack.

Edward Platt's notable movie credits include...

THE MAN FROM BUTTON WILLOW (1965)
SHOCK TREATMENT (1964)
BULLET FOR A BADMAN (1964)
A TICKLISH AFFAIR (1963)
GENERAL HOSPITAL (TV SOAP SERIES 1963)
CAPE FEAR (1962)
THE EXPLOSIVE GENERATION (1961)
POLLYANNA (1960)
CASH MCCALL (1960)
THE REBEL SET (1959)
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
THE LAST OF THE FAST GUNS (1958)
SERENADE (1956)
BACKLASH (1956)
THE SHRIKE (1955)
REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)
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Edward Platt's notable TV credits include...

THE GOVERNOR AND JJ ( TV SERIES 1970)
GET SMART (TV SERIES 1965-1970)
WALT DISNEY'S WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLOR (TV SERIES 1958, 1959,1963, 1969)
ARREST AND TRIAL (TV SERIES 1963-1964)
BONANZA (TV SERIES 1960-1963)
PERRY MASON (TV SERIES 1960)
WAGON TRAIN (TV SERIES 1959-1962)

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Edward Platt in POLLYANNA (1960).