Edward Platt

Biography

Date of Birth 14 February 1916, Staten Island, New York, USA Date of Death 19 March 1974, Santa Monica, California, USA (suicide) Birth Name Edward Cuthbert Platt Mini Biography Forever and fondly remembered as Don Adams' foil on the popular Mel Brooks/Buck Henry spy series "Get Smart" (1965), character actor Ed Platt (also billed as Edward C. Platt) had been around for two decades prior to copping that rare comedy role. Born in Staten Island, New York, he inherited an appreciation of music on his mother's side. He spent a part of his childhood in Kentucky and in upstate New York where he attended Northwood, a private school in Lake Placid, and was a member of the ski jump team. He majored in romantic languages at Princeton University but left a year later to study at the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati after his thoughts turned to a possible operatic career. He later was accepted into Juilliard. Instead of opera, however, Ed first became a band vocalist with Paul Whiteman and Orchestra. He then sang bass as part of the Mozart Opera Company in New York. With the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company in 1942, he appeared in the operettas "The Mikado," "The Gondoliers" and "The Pirates of Penzance". WWII interrupted his early career. Ed served as a radio operator with the army and would find himself on radio again in the post-war years where his deep, resonant voice proved ideal. A number of musical comedy roles also came his way again. In 1947, he made it to Broadway with the musical "Allegro." Star José Ferrer took an interest in Ed while they both were appearing in "The Shrike" on Broadway in 1952. Around 1953, Edward moved to Texas to be near his brother and began anchoring the local news and kiddie birthday party show called "Uncle Eddie's Kiddie Party." Ferrer remembered Platt and invited him to Hollywood where Ferrer was starring in the film version of The Shrike (1955). Ed recreated his stage role. He also earned fine notices as James Dean's understanding juvenile officer in the classic film Rebel Without a Cause (1955). This led to a plethora of film and TV support offers where the balding actor made fine use of his dark, rich voice, stern intensity and pragmatic air, portraying a slew of professional and shady types in crime yarns, soap dramas and war pictures -- everything from principals and prosecutors to mobsters and murderers. After years of playing it serious, which included stints on the daytime drama "General Hospital" (1963), Ed finally was able to focus on comedy as "The Chief" to Don Adams klutzy secret agent on "Get Smart" (1965), a show that inevitably found a cult audience. Picking up a few occasional guest spots in its aftermath, he later tried producing. He was married twice and the father of four. He died in 1974 at the age of 58. IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net Mini Biography Edward Platt will forever be known as the Chief, aka Harold Clark, aka Thaddeus, on "Get Smart." According to show creator Leonard Stern, he remembered Platt as the juvenile officer in "Rebel Without A Cause" and wanted Platt specifically for the role of Chief. When Platt came in he began breaking into song (he had a classically trained baritone voice) Stern knew Platt could carry off comedy. Platt's parents originally wanted him to be a stockbroker, but he went to Princeton for a year before dropping out and attending college in Cinncinati, before landing at Juliard. He had bit parts on Broadway and even reprised his role on in the film "The Shrike," with friend Jose Ferrer. Platt was also an anchorman for a Texas TV channel where he did the news and hosted "Uncle Eddie's Kiddie Party." He had a daughter with his first wife, divorced and re-married having two sons and a daughter with his second wife. He died in his apartment in Santa Monica California in 1974. IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Platt tribute site owner/tvnutt@hotmail.com Spouse Suzanne Belcher (5 June 1954 - 19 March 1974) (his death) 3 children Trivia Had one daughter by his first wife; two sons and a daughter by second wife Suzanne. Best remembered by the public for his starring role as the C.O.N.T.R.O.L. Chief in Get Smart (1965). Platt's death is somewhat of a mystery. For years it was reported he died from a heart attack at age 58. More recently it has been alleged (the information found on-line) that his son Jeff spoke out and stated in an interview that his father died as the result of suicide in 1974 after two previous attempts while suffering from an undiagnosed and untreated depression that was further sparked by financial troubles.

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Backlash

Sheriff J.C. Marson (as Edward C. Platt)

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House of Numbers

The Warden

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The Steel Jungle

Judge Wahller

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Atlantis: The Lost Continent

Azor the High Priest

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Damn Citizen

Joseph Kosta (as Edward C. Platt)

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The Lieutenant Wore Skirts

Major Dunning - Psychiatrist

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The High Cost of Loving

Eli Cave

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The Great Man

Dr. O'Connor (as Edward C. Platt)

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Black Zoo

Chief of Detectives Rivers

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The Tattered Dress

Ralph Adams - Reporter (as Edward C. Platt)

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The Disaster Artist

Ray Fremick (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Bullet for a Badman

Tucker (as Edward C. Platt)

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Shock Treatment

District Attorney (uncredited)

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Black Zoo

Chief of Detectives Rivers

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Cape Fear (1962)

Judge

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Atlantis: The Lost Continent

Azor the High Priest

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Pollyanna

Ben Tarbell

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Cash McCall

Harrison Glenn (as Edward C. Platt)

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North by Northwest

Victor Larrabee

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They Came to Cordura

Colonel DeRose

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The Last of the Fast Guns

Samuel Grypton (as Edward C. Platt)

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Damn Citizen

Joseph Kosta (as Edward C. Platt)

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Gunman's Walk

Purcell Avery

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The High Cost of Loving

Eli Cave

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Designing Woman

Martin J. Daylor

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Omar Khayyam

Jayhan

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House of Numbers

The Warden

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Ein Leben im Rausch

Johnny Haggerty

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The Tattered Dress

Ralph Adams - Reporter (as Edward C. Platt)

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Written on the Wind

Doctor Paul Cochrane (as Edward C. Platt)

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The Proud Ones

Dr. Barlow

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Backlash

Sheriff J.C. Marson (as Edward C. Platt)

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The Steel Jungle

Judge Wahller

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The Great Man

Dr. O'Connor (as Edward C. Platt)

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Storm Center

Rev. Wilson

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The Unguarded Moment

Attorney Briggs (as Edward C. Platt)

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The Lieutenant Wore Skirts

Major Dunning - Psychiatrist

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Serenade

Everett Carter

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Illegal

Ralph Ford

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Rebel Without a Cause

Ray Fremick

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Cult of the Cobra

Lamian Threatening Death (uncredited)

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Sincerely Yours

Dr. Eubank (uncredited)

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I Was a Male War Bride

Lieutenant in Gates's Office (uncredited)

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