Ben Platt (actor) Bio, Age, Gay, Evan Hansen, Movies, TV Shows

Ben Platt Biography

Ben Platt (Benjamin Schiff Platt) is an American actor, singer and songwriter. Platt began his career in theatre as a child and has appeared in Broadway productions of The Music Man in 2002, The Book of Mormon from 2012 to 2013 and Dear Evan Hansen from 2015 to 2017, receiving multiple accolades for his performance as the title character in the latter, including the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Platt’s film credits include roles in Pitch Perfect in 2012, Pitch Perfect 2 in 2015 and Ricki and the Flash in 2015. Platt signed with Atlantic Records in 2017 and is scheduled to release his debut studio album, Sing to Me Instead in March 2019.

Ben Platt Age

Ben Platt was born on September 24, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. As per 2018, hes is 25 years old.

Ben Platt Parents

Ben Platt is the fourth of five children of Julie and Marc Platt. His father is a television, film and theater producer whose credits include Legally Blonde, La La Land, Into The Woods, Mary Poppins Returns and the musicals, Dear Evan Hansen and Wicked. Platt and his family are Jewish.

Ben Platt  Gay

Ben Platt is openly gay, having come out at 12 years old to his family.

Ben Platt Education

Ben Platt attended the Adderley School for Performing Arts in Pacific Palisades, performing in productions like Bye Bye Birdie and Into the Woods. He attended Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, and in 2011 he graduated. Platt attended Columbia University in New York, but dropped out after six weeks to fulfill his contract with The Book of Mormon. Platt was a member of the campus a cappella musical group Nonsequitur, during his time at Columbia.

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Ben Platt Career

2002–2014: Early stage work and The Book of Mormon

When Platt was 9 years old, he played Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man at the Hollywood Bowl alongside Kristin Chenoweth. At 11 years, he appeared in a brief national tour of Caroline, or Change, by Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner. At 17 years, he played Jean Valjean in Kidz Theater’s production of Les Misérables. Platt’s other early roles include the role of Claude Bukowski in Columbia University’s production of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. Platt has also collaborated on a workshop of Alice by Heart, by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, a new take on Alice in Wonderland.

Platt was cast in 2012, as Elder Arnold Cunningham in the Chicago production of The Book of Mormon. The show premiered on December 19, 2012, at the Bank of America Theatre, after a week of previews. The production was well received and closed on 6th of October 2013. Platt’s performance was lauded with critics, calling him a “true revelation in this brand new Chicago production. Platt really leans into this part, throwing himself out there with the abandonment of youth”. From January 7, 2014 to January 6, 2015, Platt reprised his role as Elder Cunningham on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.

2015–2017: Dear Evan Hansen

Platt had a supporting role in the musical comedy Pitch Perfect in 2012, loosely based on the non-fiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory. Platt played the magic-obsessed Benji Applebaum, alongside an ensemble cast comprising Anna Kendrick, Adam DeVine, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp and Brittany Snow. The film emerged as a major commercial success and received mostly positive reviews from critics. Platt was subsequently nominated for his work at a Teen Choice Awards in the category Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer. Platt reprised his role as Benji Applebaum in 2015, in the sequel, Pitch Perfect 2. Platt has since made film appearances in Ricki and the Flash and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.

In 2014, Platt became attached to Pasek and Paul’s then Untitled P&P Project, participating in early read-throughs and workshops. By 2015, the musical, titled Dear Evan Hansen, had begun production in Washington, D.C. at the Arena Stage with Platt originating the titular role. The show premiered from July 9, 2015 and to August 23, 2015. The show was transferred to Off-Broadway, due to its overwhelming positive reception towards the production and Platt’s performance.

He once again originated the role of Evan Hansen at Second Stage Theatre. Platt and the cast played a month of previews, beginning on 26th March, 2016, before premiering on May 1, 2016. The limited engagement sold out its entire run with Platt playing his last performance on May 26, 2016.

Platt originated the title role in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway at the Music Box TheatreI in December 2016. Critics hailed Platt’s work, calling it “historic” and “one of the greatest leading male performances ever seen in a musical”. Platt won numerous awards for his performance, including the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. On November 19, 2017, Platt played his final performance.

Tt was announced on November 29, 2018, that Universal Pictures and Platt’s father, Marc Platt, secured the film rights to the musical.

2017–present: Music and Sing to Me Instead
Platt signed a record deal with Atlantic Records in 2017. On January 28, 2018, he performed Leonard Bernstein’s “Somewhere” live at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards accompanied by Justin Goldner and Adele Stein and arranged by Alex Lacamoire.

Platt and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda released “Found/Tonight”, on March 19, 2018, a mashup of the Hamilton song “The Story of Tonight” and the Dear Evan Hansen song “You Will Be Found”. Platt donated a portion of the proceeds to support the March for Our Lives anti-gun violence initiative, and also performed on stage with Miranda on March 24, 2018 at the rally in Washington, D.C.. Platt is set to star in the Rob Ford historical fiction thriller Run This Town with Damian Lewis, Nina Dobrev, and Mena Massoud. The casting of Platt caused minor controversy, over allegations that the filmmakers were appropriating the story of female reporter Robyn Doolittle.

Platt announced in January 2019, that his debut studio album Sing to Me Instead is scheduled for release on March 29, 2019, and was made available for pre-order along with the songs “Bad Habit” and “Ease My Mind” a few days later.

Ben Platt Discography

  • Sing to Me Instead (2019)

Ben Platt Theatre credits 

Year

Production

Role

Venue

Notes

2002

The Music Man

Winthrop Paroo

Hollywood Bowl

Los Angeles

2004

Caroline, or Change

Noah Gellman

Ahmanson Theatre

National tour

2005

Dead End

Philip Griswald

Ahmanson Theatre

Regional

2012

The Power of Duff

Ricky Duff

Powerhouse Theatre

Regional

The Black Suits

Chris Thurser

Center Theatre Group

Regional

2012–2013

The Book of Mormon

Elder Arnold Cunningham

PrivateBank Theatre

Chicago

2014–2015

Eugene O’Neill Theatre

Broadway

2015

Dear Evan Hansen

Evan Hansen

Arena Stage

Washington, D.C.

2016

The Secret Garden

Dickon

David Geffen Hall

25th anniversary concert

Dear Evan Hansen

Evan Hansen

Second Stage Theatre

Off-Broadway

2016–2017

Music Box Theatre

Broadway

2018

Parade

Leo Frank

Workshop

Ben Platt Movies

Year

Title

Role

Notes

2006

Red Riding Hood

Boy Scout #1

2012

Pitch Perfect

Benji Applebaum

2015

Pitch Perfect 2

Ricki and the Flash

Daniel

2016

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Josh

2017

The Female Brain

Joel

2019

Drunk Parents

Post-production[41]

Love & Oatmeal

Scott

Post-production

TBA

Run This Town

Post-production[42]

Ben Platt TV Shows

Year

Title

Role

Notes

2017

Will & Grace

Blake

Episode: “Who’s Your Daddy”[43]

2019

The Politician

Payton

Upcoming Netflix series; also executive producer

Ben Platt Awards and Nominations

Year

Awards

Category

Work

Result

2013

Teen Choice Awards

Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer

Pitch Perfect

Nominated

2016

Drama League Awards

Distinguished Performance

Dear Evan Hansen

Nominated

Outer Critics Circle Awards

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Nominated[45]

Obie Awards

Distinguished Performance by an Actor

Won[46]

2017

Tony Awards

Best Actor in a Musical

Won[49]

Drama League Awards

Distinguished Performance

Won[48]

Lucille Lortel Awards

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

Won[47]

Broadway.com Audience Awards

Favorite Leading Actor in a Musical

Won

Favorite Onstage Pair

Won

2018

Grammy Awards

Best Musical Theater Album[a]

Won[50]

Daytime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program
(with the cast of Dear Evan Hansen)

“You Will Be Found” (performed on The Today Show)[51][52]

Won

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