Dr. Daniel Charles is a reliable character on Chicago Med. Rarely at the center of a storyline, but always in the mix, whether it has to do with the status of the Gaffney Medical Center or the love lives of his co-workers. It’s hard to imagine the show without him, especially as we move into season 9.
There were some initial rumors that NBC wanted to cut the budgets of One Chicago shows, which would mean less screen time for supporting characters like Dr. Charles. This had us all wondering: is he going to be a part of the upcoming season? Is he leaving soon?
Is Oliver Platt leaving Chicago Med?
Dr. Charles isn’t going anywhere. He will continue to be a core part of the Chicago Med ensemble, which is great news considering the exits that the show has had to contend with over the course of the last year. We’ve seen people like Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) and Dr. Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) leave, and frankly, we don’t want to lose anyone else for the foreseeable future.
Oliver Platt thoroughly enjoys playing Dr. Charles, as he noted during an interview with Hollywood Outbreak. “There’s this very well-established thing that every shrink that I talked to said that they become an unofficial sounding board for people in the hospital”, he noted.
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"“It’s one of the things that makes it a lot of fun to play. Charles like a multi-tool in a way, ya know. He can be deployed in many different ways … either consulting on a medical story or being a sidewalk psychiatrist.”"
Platt also has a crucial supporting role on the acclaimed FX drama The Bear (2022-), which is set (and shot) in Chicago. He’s not featured in every episode of The Bear, like he is on Med, but the fact that the actor has two prime gigs within the same city suggests that he will not be going anywhere anytime soon.
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