Dr. Daniel Charles (Oliver Platt) is rarely at the center of the drama in Chicago Med. He’s a side player, more intent to dole out advice to others than get involved with high tension situations on his own. Well, personal situations, at least. Charles has had his fair share of memorable patients.
But things are changing at Gaffney Medical Center. Long time characters like Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) have left, which means Charles is more crucial to the show’s success than ever. With that said, fans who may be curious about the character’s age. How long has he been at it? Is he headed for a retirement in season 9?
Here’s what you need to know.
How old is Oliver Platt on Chicago Med?
There hasn’t been a specific date given for Charles’ birthday. We do know that he’s been a part of the Gaffney Medical Center staff since well before the show, and has been there longer than most of the other characters, barring Dr. Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson).
Given that Charles has several adult children, and has been married four times, we can assume that he’s led a long, adventurous life. Without any context, however, we turn to real life numbers for reference. The general rule of thumb is that if fans aren’t told a specific age for a character, one can safely assume that the age matches the actor who plays them.
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Oliver Platt was born January 12, 1960, which makes him 63 years old. Because there hasn’t been a specific reason to change his character’s age, we can confidently state that Charles is also 63. It is a common practice for writers and showrunners for the simple reason that actors don’t have to play much younger or older than they actually are when the character’s age lines up.
Charles’ age makes him the second-oldest member of the Chicago Med staff, with only Dr. Sharon Goodwin being older (70 years old). It makes sense, given his fatherly dynamic with the rest of the characters (including those who are his actual children).
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