News: Marc Platt, dancer with Ballets Russes, dies aged 100

Friday 11 April 2014 by Lise Smith

The American dancer and actor Marc Platt has died in California at the age of 100. One of the first Americans to dance with Léonide Massine’s Ballets Russes, Platt was acclaimed for his roles in the Broadway production of Oklahoma! in 1943, and the musical film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in 1954.

Born in Pasadena, California, Platt trained at the Cornish school in Seattle and then with dancer Mary Ann Wells, who introduced him to Massine in 1935. Platt joined the company, performing under the stage name Platoff, and continued with Massine at the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo from 1938.

Marc Platt – Dream Curly, 2005 from Todd Sivard on Vimeo.

Recognised as a gifted character dancer, Platt created the role of Dream Curly in the Broadway version of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s Oklahoma, choreographed by Agnes de Mille. He also appeared in a small role in the film version of the same musical 12 years later, following success as Daniel Pontipee in 1954’s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, choreographed by Michael Kidd.

Platt was director of the Radio City Music Hall ballet from 1962 to 1970, and was awarded the Nijinsky Award at a reunion of the Ballets Russes in 2000. He can be seen in the 2005 documentary Ballets Russes, directed by Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller. Platt is survived by sons Ted and Michael, daughter Donna, and a grandchild.

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