Ben Platt (actor)

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Ben Platt
Born Benjamin Schiff Platt
(1993-09-24) September 24, 1993 (age 23)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2004–present

Benjamin Schiff Platt[1] (born September 24, 1993) is an American actor. His credits include the role of Elder Arnold Cunningham in The Book of Mormon and Benji Applebaum in the musical films Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2. His most recent work is on Broadway, as the title character in the musical Dear Evan Hansen, for which he has received widespread critical acclaim and won numerous awards, including the 2017 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

Early life and education[edit]

Platt was born in Los Angeles, California,[2] the fourth of five children of Julie (née Beren) and Marc Platt. His father is a film, television and theater producer[3] whose credits include the musical Wicked. His family is Jewish.[4] He has four siblings named Jonah, Samantha, Hannah, and Henry.

Platt attended Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, graduating in 2011. He was accepted to Columbia University in New York, but temporarily put his college education on hold until he completed his contract with The Book of Mormon. Subsequently, he attended the school and became a member of the campus musical group "Nonsequitur A Cappella."[3][5]

Career[edit]

At 9 years old, Platt played Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man at the Hollywood Bowl alongside Kristin Chenoweth.[6] At 11, he appeared in a brief national tour with Caroline, or Change, originally by Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner. At 17, he played Jean Valjean in a youth theatre production of Les Misérables.

Platt played a supporting role in the film Pitch Perfect as magic-obsessed Benji Applebaum. He was subsequently nominated at a Teen Choice Awards in the category "Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer," for his work.[7]

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 Bukowski in Columbia's musical theatre production of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.[8]

In 2016 he launched the leading role in Dear Evan Hansen.

Honors and awards[edit]

On May 19, 2017, at the 83rd annual Drama League Awards, it was announced that Platt had won the organization's Distinguished Performance Award. The award, which recognizes a performance on the New York stage in the past year, can only be won once in a performer's career. In winning, at the age of 23, for his work in Dear Evan Hansen, Platt became the youngest winner in the award's history.[9] Previously, Platt had been nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award,[10] and also won an Obie Award[11] and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical, both for the show's Off-Broadway run.[12]

Theatre credits[edit]

Dates Production Role Location Category
December 11, 2012 –
October 6, 2013
The Book of Mormon Elder Arnold Cunningham Bank of America Theatre Chicago
January 7, 2014 –
January 4, 2015
Eugene O'Neill Theatre Broadway
February 21-22, 2016 The Secret Garden
25th Anniversary Concert
Dickon David Geffen Hall Off-Broadway
July 10, 2015 –
August 23, 2015
Dear Evan Hansen Evan Hansen Arena Stage Washington, D.C.
(World Premiere)
March 26, 2016 –
May 29, 2016
Second Stage Theatre Off-Broadway
November 14, 2016 –
present
Music Box Theatre Broadway

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Ceremony Category Work Result
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer Pitch Perfect Nominated
2016 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Dear Evan Hansen Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Best Leading Actor in a Musical Nominated
Obie Award Distinguished Performance by an Actor Won
2017 Tony Award Best Actor in a Musical Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Won
Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical Won

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Pitch Perfect Benji Applebaum
2015 Pitch Perfect 2
Ricki and the Flash Daniel
2016 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Josh
2017 Drunk Parents Post-production

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ben Platt biodata, time.mk; accessed May 17, 2015.
  2. ^ https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VL8D-G55
  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, upenn.edu; accessed May 17, 2015.
  5. ^ Profile, columbianonseq.com; accessed May 17, 2015.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Teen Choice Awards (2013)". Retrieved 2017-05-20. 
  8. ^ ZOË Miller (November 13, 2012). "Ben Platt joins The Book of Mormon on the road". Columbia Spectator Daily. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ Platt Becomes Youngest-Ever Winner of Drama League Award Jack Smart. Backstage. May 19, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2017
  10. ^ [Cynthia Erivo, Steve Martin Win 2016 OCC Awards Outer Critics Circle. 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2017
  11. ^ Ben Platt, Lupita Nyong'o, Georgia Engel, and More Win 2016 Obie Awards David Gordon. TheatreMania. May 23, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2017
  12. ^ 2017 Lucille Lortel Awards: The Band's Visit, Ben Platt & More Named Winners Andy Lefkowitz. Broadway.com. May 5, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2017

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