Marc Platt (dancer)

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Marc Platt
Marc Platt 1947.JPG
Platt in 1947
Born Marcel Emile Gaston LePlat
(1913-12-02)December 2, 1913
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Died March 29, 2014(2014-03-29) (aged 100)
San Rafael, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Pneumonia
Occupation Ballet dancer, musical theatre performer, and actor
Years active 1935-1993
Spouse(s) Eleanor Marra (1942-1947; divorced); 1 child
Jean Goodall (1951-1994; her death); 2 children

Marcel Emile Gaston LePlat (December 2, 1913 – March 29, 2014), known professionally as Marc Platt, was an American ballet dancer, musical theatre performer, and actor. He was best known for his portrayal of Daniel Pontipee, one of the seven brothers in the film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Career[edit]

Born Marcel LePlat to a French immigrant father in Pasadena, California,[1] he was one of the original members of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, performing under the name Platoff. While with the company, Platt choreographed Ghost Town (1939), set to music by Richard Rodgers.

Platt danced the role of Chalmers/Dream Curly in the original 1943 Broadway production of Oklahoma!.[2][3][4]

Platt appeared in the 1955 film version of Oklahoma! in a dancing / speaking role as one of Curly's cowboy friends. He is the cowboy friend who buys Curly's saddle for $10 at the auction - and who also comments that, the previous year, Ado Annie's sweet potato pie gave him a 'three day bellyache' (Marc Platt is credited in the cast list of the film as a dancer). After he stopped dancing, Platt ran the Radio City Music Hall Ballet for several years, then transitioned to full-time teaching. In 2000, Platt was presented with the Nijinsky Award at the Ballets Russes Reunion. He appeared in the 2005 documentary Ballets Russes.

Personal life[edit]

Platt was married twice and has three children. Ted Leplat, from his first marriage, is an actor and musician living in Los Angeles. In 1951, Platt married dancer Jean Goodall who died in 1994; the couple had two children, Michael and Donna. Platt died of pneumonia at a hospice in San Rafael, California on March 29, 2014, aged 100.[5][6]

Filmography[edit]

Stage Appearances[edit]

  • Jubilee (1935)
  • Broadway Sho-Window (1936)
  • Yokel Boy (1939)
  • The Lady Comes Across (1942)
  • Beat the Band (1942)
  • Oklahoma! (1943)
  • Kiss Me, Kate (1949-1952)
  • Maggie (1953)

References[edit]

Source[edit]

  • Anawalt, Sasha. The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Ballet Company. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. ISBN 0-226-01755-9
  • Wilk, Max. OK! The Story of Oklahoma!: A Celebration of America's Most Beloved Musical. Rev. ed. New York: Applause Books, 2002. ISBN 1-55783-555-1

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