Marc Platt (producer)
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Marc E. Platt (born April 14, 1957) is an American producer who has worked in film, theatre, and television. Two of the films he has produced – Bridge of Spies and La La Land – have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
|Born||April 14, 1957|
Pikesville, Maryland, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
NYU School of Law
|Occupation||Film, television and theatre producer|
|Children||5, including Ben|
Early life and educationEdit
Platt was born and raised in Pikesville, Maryland, the son of Sue Ellen (Sezzin), a schoolteacher, and Howard Platt, who worked in the retail shoe business. He has an older brother (Jeffrey) and a younger sister (Wendy). His family is Jewish. He graduated from Pikesville High School in 1975 and the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. He was an avid member of the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club during his time at the university. After graduation, he went on to and graduated from New York University law school and began his career as an entertainment attorney.
He started producing in theatre, before moving into film. He has served as president of production for three movie studios: Orion Pictures, TriStar Pictures, and Universal Studios. Platt has since formed his own production company, Marc Platt Productions, within the Universal realm and continues to pursue creative projects. His company is responsible for the Legally Blonde films and the HBO miniseries Empire Falls.
He was executive producer of the two-part docudrama The Path to 9/11, shown on ABC on the five-year anniversary of 9/11 on September 10 and 11, 2006. The film was controversial and accused of having a political agenda and fictionalizing the events leading up to the September 11, 2001 attacks, especially those involving the Clinton administration.
Platt lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Julie (Beren), and their five children, including actors Jonah Platt, who starred as Fiyero in Wicked, and Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect, The Book of Mormon, and Dear Evan Hansen. Marc and his wife, also a Penn graduate and trustee of the university, funded the construction of a performing arts rehearsal and performance space on the campus, the Platt Student Performing Arts House. Platt is a Penn Glee Club supporter. His company has taken at least one Penn student intern a year since its inception.
All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.
|1991||The Addams Family||Special thanks|
|2016||The Comedian||The producers wish to thank the following for their assistance|
- Cameo appearances
|2001||Inside 'Legally Blonde'||Documentary|
|2003||The Hair That Ate Hollywood||Documentary|
|2004||Wicked: The Road to Broadway||Documentary|
|2007||ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway||Documentary|
|2003||Mr. Ambassador||Television film|
|Legally Blonde||Television pilot|
|2005||Empire Falls||Executive producer|
|Once Upon a Mattress||Television film|
|2006||The Path to 9/11||Executive producer|
|2009-10||Taking the Stage||Executive producer|
|2016||Grease: Live||Television special|
|2017||A Christmas Story Live!||Television special|
|2018||Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert||Television special|
|A Very Wicked Halloween||Television special|
|2019||Rent Live!||Television special|
- As an actor
|2017||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Musical Director|
- Cameo appearances
|2004||Broadway: The American Musical||Episode: "Putting It Together"|
|2008||Max on Set: Wanted||Documentary|
Theatre and musical productionsEdit
- Jewish Journal: "Producer Marc Platt: The man behind “Wicked” and “Bridge of Spies” aspires to great art" by Danielle Berrin February 23, 2016
- Jewish Weekly: "The tribe goes to the Oscars" by Nate Bloom February 13, 2017
- Times of Israel: "La La Land: Who knew it was so Jewish" by Francine Wolfsiz February 27, 2017
- Hughes, Samuel. "COVER STORY: Passion Plays". Pennsylvania Gazette. May/June 2006.
- Empire Falls cast biography. HBO Films.
- Jones, Kenneth. "Hoff Is Broadway's New Pal Joey, With Stockard Channing and Martha Plimpton, at Studio 54" Archived 2008-06-22 at the Wayback Machine. Playbill. June 19, 2008.
- "UPenn Trustees". University of Pennsylvania.
- "Lead Gift Creates a Permanent Home for Student Performing Arts at Penn" Archived 2017-06-16 at the Wayback Machine. University of Pennsylvania (September 2005); accessed April 30, 2017.