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Edward Platt


Mostly Credited As: Edward Platt
Sometimes Credited As: Edward C. Platt
Ed Platt

Birth Name: Edward C. Platt
Date Of Birth: February 14, 1916 (Age 58)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Staten Island, New York
Date Of Death: March 19, 1974
Cause Of Death: Heart Attack
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Edward Platt


Forever remembered as Don Adams' "Chief" foil on the popular Mel Brooks/Buck Henry spy series of the 60s "Get Smart", character actor Ed Platt (also billed as Edward C. Platt) had been around for decades prior to copping that rare comedy role. Born in Staten Island, New York, he achieved an appreciation for music on his mother's side. He majored in romantic languages at Princeton University but eventually switched to music at Juilliard after deciding on a career in opera. Instead, however, he became a band vocalist with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra, then performed in a few stage musicals including "The Mikado" and "The Pirates of Penzance" before WWII interrupted things. He served as a radio operator with the Army, his deep, resonant voice quite suitable to the medium, then would find himself on radio again in post war years. A number of musical comedy roles also came his way. In 1947, he made it to Broadway in the musical "Allegro." Star Jose Ferrer took an interest in him while they were appearing in "The Shrike" on Broadway in 1952 and took him to Hollywood to reprise his role in the 1955 film version. This led to a plethora of film and TV offers where his rich voice, balding maturity, stern intensity, and pragmatic air served him quite well over the years, booking a slew of professional or shady types in crime drama and war pictures. In the late 60s he focused on his secret agent role on the Maxwell Smart series, then found occasional guest spots in its aftermath. Married twice and the father of four, Platt died suddenly of a heart attack in 1974.


TV Appearances

Main cast 
Get Smart (1965) (1965)As: The Chief, aka Thaddeus, aka Harold Clark
Episode Cast Credits 

The Snoop Sisters (1973) 
  The Snoop Sisters (Dec/18/1972) As Julius Nero (as Ed Platt) 

Temperatures Rising (1972) 
  Operation Fastball 01x02: (Sep/19/1972) As Bradley 
  Operation Fastball 01x02: (Sep/19/1972) As Bradley 

The Odd Couple (1970) (1970) 
  Oscar's New Life 01x21: (Mar/05/1971) As Bill Donnelly 

Petticoat Junction (1963) 
  The Lost Patrol 02x12: (Dec/29/1964) As General Patterson 

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) 
  Hail to the Chief 01x16: (Dec/28/1964) As Morgan 

Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963) 
  The Gun 02x10: (Dec/24/1964) As Second Patient 
  The Gun 02x10: (Dec/24/1964) As Second Patient 

The Outer Limits (1963) 
  Keeper of the Purple Twilight 02x12: (Dec/05/1964) As David Hunt 
  Keeper of the Purple Twilight 02x12: (Dec/05/1964) As David Hunt 
  The Man With the Power 01x04: (Oct/07/1963) As Dean Radcliffe (as Edward C. Platt), [Co-Guest Stars]
  The Man With the Power 01x04: (Oct/07/1963) As Dean Radcliffe (as Edward C. Platt), [Co-Guest Stars]

Burke's Law (1963) (1963) 
  Who Killed the Horne of Plenty? 02x04: (Oct/07/1964) As Capt. Frank Metcalf 

Arrest and Trial (1963) 
  Birds of a Feather 01x30: (Apr/19/1964) As Judge 
  Birds of a Feather 01x30: (Apr/19/1964) As Judge 
  The Revenge of the Worm 01x27: (Mar/29/1964) As Judge 
  The Revenge of the Worm 01x27: (Mar/29/1964) As Judge 

The Virginian (1962) 
  The Secret of Brynmar Hall 02x26: (Apr/01/1964) As Stuart Brynmar 

Bonanza (1959) 
  The Colonel 04x15: (Jan/06/1963) As Will Flanders 
  The Outcast 01x17: (Jan/09/1960) As Harvey Bufford 
  The Outcast 01x17: (Jan/09/1960) As Harvey Bufford 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Wade 

General Electric True (1962) 
  The Amateurs 01x13: (Dec/30/1962) As Hefarty 

The Rifleman (1958) 
  The Assailants 05x07: (Nov/12/1962) As Senator Bordon (Jim BOrdon) 

Tales of Wells Fargo (1957) 
  Vignette of a Sinner 06x34: (Jun/02/1962) As Doc Bell 
  Vignette of a Sinner 06x34: (Jun/02/1962) As Doc Bell 
  Return of Doc Bell 04x12: (Nov/30/1959) As Doc Bell 
  Doc Bell 02x18: (Jan/07/1958) As Doc Bell 

Bronco (1958) 
  Ride the Whirlwind 04x07: (Jan/15/1962) As Sheriff Lockwood 
  Ride the Whirlwind 04x07: (Jan/15/1962) As Sheriff Lockwood 

Dr. Kildare (1961) 
  Hit and Run 01x12: (Dec/14/1961) As Dr. Tom Paulson 
  Hit and Run 01x12: (Dec/14/1961) As Dr. Tom Paulson 

SurfSide 6 (1960) 
  An Overdose of Justice 01x34: (May/22/1961) As Phil Malloy 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) (1955) 
  Museum Piece 06x25: (Apr/04/1961) As Henshaw 

Thriller (US) (1960) 
  Late Date 01x27: (Apr/04/1961) As Jim Weeks 

Death Valley Days (1952) 
  A Girl Named Virginia 09x15: (Dec/18/1960) As Frank Graves 

Perry Mason (1957) 
  The Case of the Larcenous Lady 04x12: (Dec/17/1960) As Tom Stratton 
  The Case of the Larcenous Lady 04x12: (Dec/17/1960) As Tom Stratton 
  The Case of the Slandered Submarine 03x23: (May/14/1960) As Cmdr. Driscoll 
  The Case of the Slandered Submarine 03x23: (May/14/1960) As Cmdr. Driscoll 

Zane Grey Theatre (1956) 
  The Ox 05x04: (Nov/03/1960) As Marshal Mays 
  Trial by Fear 02x14: (Jan/10/1958) As Sheriff Galt 
  Trial by Fear 02x14: (Jan/10/1958) As Sheriff Galt 

Peter Gunn (1958) 
  The Semi-Private Eye 02x34: (May/23/1960) As James Crawford (as Edward C. Platt) 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Maidie Brandt Story 03x16: (Jan/20/1960) As Orobio D'Acosta 
  The Maidie Brandt Story 03x16: (Jan/20/1960) As Orobio D'Acosta 
  The Duke LeMay Story 02x30: (Apr/29/1959) As Matthew Sinclair 

The Lawless Years (1959) 
  The Joe Angelo Story 02x06: (Nov/19/1959) As Nick Sarecki 

Mr. Lucky (1959) 
  Bugsy 01x03: (Nov/07/1959) As Henry Praiswater 

Hawaiian Eye (1959) 
  Second Day of Infamy 01x03: (Oct/21/1959) As Dr. Wallace Oliver 

Trackdown (1957) 
  The Eyes of Jerry Kelso 02x31: (Apr/22/1959) As guest star 
  The Eyes of Jerry Kelso 02x31: (Apr/22/1959) As guest star 
  Every Man a Witness 02x17: (Dec/26/1958) As George Mason 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Sheriff Harper 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  A Check Will Do Nicely 01x25: (Mar/27/1959) As Mr. Jacobin 
  A Check Will Do Nicely 01x25: (Mar/27/1959) As Mr. Jacobin 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Steve Jennings 

Bat Masterson (1958) 
  Incident in Leadville 01x22: (Mar/18/1959) As Roy Evens 
  Incident in Leadville 01x22: (Mar/18/1959) As Roy Evens 

The Loretta Young Show (1953) 
  This is the Moment 06x16: (Jan/18/1959) As Sutter 
  This is the Moment 06x16: (Jan/18/1959) As Sutter 
  Royal Partners: Part 2 04x34: (May/26/1957) As Henry 
  Royal Partners: Part 2 04x34: (May/26/1957) As Henry 

Have Gun, Will Travel (1957) 
  The Taffeta Mayor 02x17: (Jan/10/1959) As Arnold Oaklin 
  The Taffeta Mayor 02x17: (Jan/10/1959) As Arnold Oaklin 

West Point Story (1956) 
  The Command 01x21: (Feb/22/1957) As Colonel Bellman 

Wire Service (1956) 
  Until I Die 01x09: (Nov/29/1956) As Palmer 
  Until I Die 01x09: (Nov/29/1956) As Palmer 

Cavalcade of America (1952) 
  The Secret Life of Joe Swedie 04x15: (Feb/07/1956) As guest star 
  The Secret Life of Joe Swedie 04x15: (Feb/07/1956) As guest star 
  The Prison Within 04x13: (Jan/17/1956) As Dr. Banner 
  The Prison Within 04x13: (Jan/17/1956) As Dr. Banner 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  Smoking Out the Nolans 01x07: (Nov/05/1955) As Mr. Burgess 
  Smoking Out the Nolans 01x07: (Nov/05/1955) As Mr. Burgess 

State Trooper (1956) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As John William Mason 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Stanley Andrews 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Stanley Andrews 

The Crusader (1955) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Chief Harmon 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Chief Harmon 

One Step Beyond (1959) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Will Denning 

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Colonel Simmons 

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Sparks 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Sparks 

Men into Space (1959) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Dr. Luraski 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Dr. Luraski 

Rawhide (1959) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Jason Clark 

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself 

The Twilight Zone (1959) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Doctor, [Co-Guest Stars]
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Had one daughter by his first wife; two sons and a daughter by second wife Suzanne.

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