Monday, July 28, 2014
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Marc Platt | Broadway dancer, 100

Dancer Marc Platt, 100, who was the male lead in the famed dream ballet in Oklahoma! on Broadway, choreographed by Agnes de Mille, died Saturday in a hospice in San Rafael, Calif.

The cause was complications from pneumonia, said his daughter, Donna Platt.

In film, he was one of the brothers in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and he had featured parts in several other musicals.

But his favorite role came before he danced on Broadway or in the movies. In his early 20s, Mr. Platt was one of the first Americans to join the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, one of the seminal ballet companies of the 20th century.

Whisked from Seattle into the exotic, world-traveling troupe, he was forced to Russianize his name and given some key roles, including the Spirit of Creation in legendary choreographer Leonide Massine's Seventh Symphony, which Mr. Platt danced in a short white tunic.

- L.A. Times

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