Ben Platt (actor)
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Platt is the fourth of five children to Marc and Julie Platt. His father is a film, television and theater producer whose credits include Wicked. At age 11, Platt took part in a brief national tour with Caroline, or Change (originally by Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner). Platt studied at Los Angeles' private Harvard-Westlake School, graduating in 2011.
Platt landed a supporting role in the film Pitch Perfect as Star Wars-obsessed Benji Applebaum; performing Magic (B.o.B song) got him great attention. He was nominated at the Teen Choice Awards for the category "Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer" for his role in the film.
Next, Platt got a major role as Elder Cunningham in the musical The Book of Mormon at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago, Illinois alongside Nic Rouleau. His role had been played by Josh Gad in the original Broadway cast. On October 21, 2013, it was announced that Mr. Platt would be reprising his role as Elder Cunningham in the Broadway production of Book of Mormon beginning in January 2014.
He has also collaborated on a workshop of Alice by Heart, by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater as a new take on Alice in Wonderland. Other roles include the role of Claude in Columbia Musical Theatre Society's production of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.
Awards and nominations
- 2013: The Book of Mormon as Elder Arnold Cunningham
- DePaulia Online: Digging into "The Book of Mormon": an interview with Ben Platt and Nic Rouleau
- IMDb Awards page for Ben Platt
- Kerry Reid. "The youngest Elder in Book of Mormon - The 19-year-old Ben Platt steals the show as the sidekick Elder Cunningham in Chicago's show". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
- Broadway.com: The Book of Mormon Tour stars Nic Rouleau and Ben Platt to play elders Price & Cunningham on Broadway
- ZOË MILLER (October 20, 2013). "Ben Platt joins The Book of Mormon on the road". Columbia Spectator Daily.