Ben Platt (actor)

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Ben Platt
Born Benjamin Schiff Platt
(1993-09-24) September 24, 1993 (age 23)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Film and stage actor
Years active 2004–present

Benjamin Schiff "Ben" Platt[1] (born September 24, 1993) is an American film and stage actor best known for his work on Broadway as Evan in Dear Evan Hansen (a role which he originated) and Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon. He is also known on screen for his role as Benji Applebaum in the musical films Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2.

Life and career[edit]

Platt was born in Los Angeles, California,[2] the fourth of five children of Julie (née Beren) and Marc E. Platt. His father is a film, television and theater producer[3] whose credits include Wicked. His brother is actor Jonah Platt. His family is Jewish.[4] 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. He was nominated at the Teen Choice Awards for the category "Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer" for his role in the film.[citation needed]

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.[5]

Platt was accepted to Columbia University in New York, but put his university education temporarily on hold pending the end of his contract for Book of Mormon. He later began attending the school and became a member of the campus Nonsequitur A Cappella group.[3][6]

Theatre credits[edit]

Year(s) Production Role Location Category
2012–13 The Book of Mormon Elder Cunningham Bank of America Theatre Chicago/Regional
2014–15 Eugene O'Neill Theatre Broadway
2015 Dear Evan Hansen Evan Hansen Arena Stage Washington, D.C./Regional (World Premiere)
2016 Second Stage Theatre Off-Broadway
2016–17 Music Box Theatre Broadway

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2013, Platt was nominated for "Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer" for his role in Pitch Perfect during the Teen Choice Awards.[citation needed]

In 2016, Platt was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance in Dear Evan Hansen.[7]

In 2016, Platt was nominated for a Distinguished Performance Drama League Award for his performance in Dear Evan Hansen.[8]

In 2016, Platt was awarded an Obie Award for his performance in Dear Evan Hansen.



  1. ^ Ben Platt biodata,; accessed May 17, 2015.
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b DePaulia Online: Digging into "The Book of Mormon": an interview with Ben Platt and Nic Rouleau Archived October 23, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Profile,; accessed May 17, 2015.
  5. ^ ZOË Miller (November 13, 2012). "Ben Platt joins The Book of Mormon on the road". Columbia Spectator Daily. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ Profile,; accessed May 17, 2015.
  7. ^ American Psycho and She Loves Me lead 2016 OCC Nominations. Retrieved May 8, 2016
  8. ^ "Drama League". Retrieved 2016-07-22. 

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