Edward Platt

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Edward Platt
Virginia Brissac, Jim Backus, Ann Doran, Edward Platt and James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause trailer.jpg
Platt (sitting in desk) in Cause trailer, 1955
Born Edward Cuthbert Platt
(1916-02-14)February 14, 1916
Staten Island, New York City, U.S.
Died March 19, 1974(1974-03-19) (aged 58)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Nationality American
Education Juilliard School
Alma mater Princeton University
Years active 1949 – 1974
Known for The Chief in Get Smart
Spouse(s) Suzanne Belcher (m. 1954–74)

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.

Platt was born on February 14, 1916 in Staten Island, New York City.[1] He studied at Juilliard School of Music and at Princeton University.

Platt was married to Suzanne Belcher from 1954 until his death in 1974. They had four children. Platt died on March 19, 1974 in Santa Monica, California from a heart attack, aged 58.[2]

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.

References[change | change source]

  1. Birkmeyer, Carl. "Edward Platt". WouldYouBelieve.com. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  2. "Actor Edward Platt Is Dead Of Heart Attack". St. Joseph News-Press. St. Joseph, Missouri. AP. March 21, 1974. p. 4A. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 

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