Platt (sitting in desk) in Cause trailer, 1955
Edward Cuthbert Platt
February 14, 1916
|Died||March 19, 1974 (aged 58)|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
|Years active||1949 – 1974|
|Known for||The Chief in Get Smart|
Suzanne Belcher (m. 1954–1974)
Edward Cuthbert Platt (February 14, 1916 – March 19, 1974) was an American actor best known for his role as "The Chief" in the 1965-70 NBC/CBS television series Get Smart. With his deep voice and mature countenance, he played an eclectic mix of characters over the span of his career.
However, one of his sons confirmed that Platt committed suicide after two previous attempts while suffering from an undiagnosed and untreated depression that was further sparked by financial troubles. It is also said that Platt's Get Smart co-star Don Adams knew the real cause of death.
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Media related to Edward Platt at Wikimedia Commons
- Edward Platt on IMDb
- Edward Platt at the Internet Broadway Database
- Edward Platt at Find a Grave
- "Chief" places 6th on Great Secondary TV Characters list