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Tufts' 'Huff' Stars Honored

Tufts' 'Huff' Stars HonoredActors Hank Azaria and Oliver Platt, both Tufts graduates and co-stars on the Showtime drama "Huff," have received Emmy nominations for their performance on the show.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [07.22.05] Hank Azaria and Oliver Platt attended Tufts together, star in Showtime's "Huff" together, and just might end up sitting next to each other at the Emmy Awards ceremony this fall. Both actors have received Emmy nominations for their roles in the acclaimed drama.

Azaria (A'85) received a nomination for best actor in a drama, and Platt (A'83) picked up a nod for best supporting actor in a drama. The awards will be handed out Sept. 18. in a nationally televised broadcast.

The nominations are only the most recent recognitions of the actors' talents in the past year. This spring, Azaria – who plays numerous roles, including Lancelot, in the hit musical "Monty Python's Spamalot" – received a Tony Award nomination for leading actor in a musical. Last fall, Platt's "Huff" performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor in a television series.

On the show, Azaria plays psychiatrist Craig “Huff” Huffstodt, a character facing a mid-life crisis precipitated by a patient’s suicide in his office. His relationships with his wife, son, mother and schizophrenic brother also come into play.

Platt plays Huff’s friend Russell Tupper, a character the Los Angeles Times calls “the show’s anarchic life force.” He portrays a self-centered lawyer who indulges in illicit encounters with women and drugs.

Azaria described his character to the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a responsible, hard-working, honest guy who’s discovering he can’t save anyone. He’ll be lucky if he saves himself.”

“Russell is a very, very good lawyer, and like a lot of high-functioning professionals he is a victim of his own compulsive behavior,” Platt told the Times. “Professionals [like him] tend to lubricate their denial and think that they don’t have a problem.”

While Azaria and Platt are friends in real-life, the friendship in the show between Huff and Tupper is more complex, as the psychiatrist silently watches his lawyer and friend indulge in self-destructive behavior.

“There are times when Huff wants to say more and doesn’t,” Azaria noted to the Times.

Azaria is no stranger to the Emmys, winning statuettes in 1998, 2001 and 2003 for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance on "The Simpsons" and a primetime Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in "Tuesdays with Morrie," the ABC made-for-TV movie adapted from the popular book by Mitch Alborn.

He was also twice nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – in 1998 for his portrayal of Nat on "Mad About You," and in 2003 for his role as David on "Friends."

Platt received an Emmy nomination in 2001 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as attorney Oliver Babish on "The West Wing."

Another Tufts graduate, "Late Show with David Letterman" executive producer Rob Burnett (A'84), is a member of the team receiving the nomination for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series. Burnett and "Late Show" previously won the category in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.










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