Platt (sitting in desk) in Cause trailer, 1955
|Born||Edward Cuthbert Platt
February 14, 1916
Staten Island, New York City, U.S.
|Died||March 19, 1974
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|
|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.
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]
- Birkmeyer, Carl. "Edward Platt". WouldYouBelieve.com. http://www.wouldyoubelieve.com/platt.html. Retrieved September 12, 2011
- "Actor Edward Platt Is Dead Of Heart Attack". St. Joseph News-Press. AP (St. Joseph, Missouri): p. 4A. March 21, 1974. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=bp9eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=OlMNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1104%2C3692441. Retrieved September 12, 2011.