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April 14, 1957 |
Pikesville, Maryland, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania, NYU School of Law|
|Occupation||Film, television and theatre producer|
|Children||5 (including Ben Platt and Jonah Platt)|
Platt was born and raised in Pikesville, Maryland, to a schoolteacher mother and a father who worked in the retail shoe business. His family is Jewish. He graduated from Pikesville High School in 1975 and the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. He was an avid member of the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club during his time at the university. After graduation, he went on to New York University law school and began his career as an entertainment attorney.
He started producing in theatre, before moving into film. He has served as president of production for three movie studios: Orion Pictures, TriStar Pictures, and Universal Studios. Platt has since formed his own production company, Marc Platt Productions, within the Universal realm and continues to pursue creative projects. His company is responsible for the Legally Blonde films and the HBO miniseries Empire Falls.
He was executive producer of the two-part docudrama The Path to 9/11, shown on ABC on the five-year anniversary of 9/11 on September 10 and 11, 2006. The film was controversial and accused of having a political agenda and fictionalizing the events leading up to the September 11, 2001 attacks, especially those involving the Clinton administration.
Platt lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Julie (Beren), and their five children, including actors Ben Platt, of Pitch Perfect, The Book of Mormon, and Dear Evan Hansen, and Jonah Platt, who starred as Fiyero in Wicked on Broadway. He and his wife, also a Penn graduate and trustee of the university, funded the construction of a new performing arts center on the campus, the Platt Student Performing Arts House. Platt is a Penn Glee Club supporter. His company has taken at least one Penn student intern a year since its inception.