Carl Van Vechten
Played by Oliver Platt
Oliver Platt has enjoyed success in film, television and on stage. He was most recently seen in A Merry Friggin’ Christmas opposite Robin Williams; in Showtime’s hit series The Big C and in the Marc Turtletaub comedy Gods Behaving Badly alongside Christopher Walken, Sharon Stone, John Tuturro and Edie Falco. He was also featured in the HBO documentary, Love, Marilyn.
Oliver also appeared in Sally Potter’s Ginger & Rosa with Elle Fanning, Annette Benning and Alessandro Nivola; the fifth installment of the blockbuster series X-Men: First Class alongside James McAvoy; Ed Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs with Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway; Roland Emmerich's 2012 opposite John Cusack and Amanda Peet; Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon opposite Frank Langella, Kevin Bacon and Sam Rockwell and in the Harold Ramis comedy Year One, opposite Jack Black and Michael Cera. He also starred in Nicole Holofcener’s Please Give, which won critical acclaim at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. Other film credits include The Oranges, Casanova, The Ice Harvest, Funny Bones, Bulworth, Married to the Mob, Working Girl, Flatliners, Postcards from the Edge, Indecent Proposal, The Three Musketeers, A Time to Kill, Doctor Dolittle, Simon Birch, Lake Placid, Don’t Say a Word and Pieces of April.
Oliver made his producing debut on the indie film Big Night, which was co-directed by Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott. He would later re-team with Tucci in The Impostors. On television, Platt was seen playing the role of George Steinbrenner on the hit ESPN miniseries The Bronx is Burning, opposite John Turturro and Daniel Sunjata. His performance earned him a SAG® nomination.
Oliver graduated from Tufts University with a degree in drama and immediately began working in regional theater, as well as off-Broadway in such productions as The Tempest and John Guare’s Moon Over Miami. He also starred in the Lincoln Center production of Ubu and Jules Feiffer’s Elliot Loves, directed by Mike Nichols, and received rave reviews for his performance as Sir Toby Belch in Brian Kulick’s Twelfth Night.