Gary Oldman

Birthday: Mar 21, 1958
Birthplace: London, England
Whether playing a punk rocker, an assassin, a war vet, or a ghoul, Gary Oldman has consistently amazed viewers with his ability to completely disappear into his roles. Though capable of portraying almost any type of character, Oldman has put his stamp on those of the twisted villain/morally ambiguous weirdo variety, earning renown for his interpretations of the darker side of human nature.Born Leonard Gary Oldman in New Cross, South London, on March 21, 1958, Oldman was raised by his mother and two sisters after his father, an alcoholic welder, left them when Oldman was seven. Nine years later, Oldman left high school to work in a sporting goods store; in his spare time, he studied literature and later acting under the tutelage of Roger Williams. He went on to act with the Greenwich Young People's Theatre and, after attending drama school on a scholarship, worked with the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. Oldman next worked in London's West End, where, in 1985, he won a Best Actor and a Best Newcomer award for his performance in The Pope's Wedding. By this time, he had made his film debut in Remembrance (1982) and had appeared in two television movies, notably Honest, Decent and True (1985). Oldman got his first big break when he was cast as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986), Alex Cox's disturbing docudrama account of the punk rocker's tragic relationship with Nancy Spungen. Oldman's unnervingly accurate portrayal of the doomed rocker won rave reviews and effectively propelled him out of complete obscurity. The following year, he turned in a completely different but equally superb performance as famed playwright Joe Orton in Stephen Frears' Prick Up Your Ears and earned a Best Actor nomination from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for his work. After moving to the U.S. that same year, Oldman appeared in Nicolas Roeg's Track 29 (1988), and in 1990, he had one of his most memorable -- to say nothing of cultish -- roles as Rosencrantz opposite Tim Roth as Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard's brilliant Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.Oldman's first American role in a major Hollywood film was that of alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in Oliver Stone's JFK (1991). He then gave a creepy, erotic performance in the title role of Francis Ford Coppola's rendition of Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), a lavish film that proved to be the most commercially successful (next to JFK) of Oldman's career to date. In addition to playing such eccentrics as Drexl Spivey, a white pimp with dreadlocks who tries to prove himself a black Rastafarian in True Romance (1993), Oldman went on to play more conventional characters, as evidenced by his straightforward portrayal of a crooked cop in Luc Besson's The Professional (1994), his performance as Beethoven in Immortal Beloved (1994), and his role as Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale in the disastrous 1995 adaptation The Scarlet Letter.In 1997, Oldman made his directorial bow with Nil by Mouth, a bleak, semi-autobiographical drama about a dysfunctional blue-collar London family that Oldman dedicated to his late father. The film proved to be a controversial hit at that year's Cannes Festival, and the first-time director won a number of international awards and a new dose of respect for his work. He subsequently returned to acting with Luc Besson's The Fifth Element that same year, made while he took a break from editing Nil by Mouth. He also gave an enduringly cheesy portrayal of the sinister Russian terrorist bent on wresting world domination from American president Harrison Ford in the blockbuster Air Force One (1997) and followed that up by playing yet another villain in the 1998 feature-film version of the classic TV series Lost in Space.Oldman has made headlines for his private as well as professional life over the years, both for his well-publicized battles with alcohol and his marriages to actresses Lesley Manville and Uma Thurman. In addition to his son Alfie with Manville, Oldman has two children by his third wife, American model and photographer Donya Fiorentino (though the two are now divorced). ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Woman In The Window Actor 2019
0% Killers Anonymous The Man 2019
No Score Yet Aux tueurs anonymes Actor 2019
No Score Yet Assassinos Anônimos The Man 2019
No Score Yet Mary Actor 2019
36% Hunter Killer CJCS Charles Donnegan 2018
84% Darkest Hour Winston Churchill $28.1M 2017
42% The Hitman's Bodyguard Vladislav Dukhovich $75.1M 2017
16% The Space Between Us Actor $7.9M 2017
25% Tau Tau 2017
15% Man Down Counselor Peyton 2016
30% Criminal Quaker Wells 2016
27% Child 44 General Mikhail Nesterov $1.4M 2015
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Dreyfus $183.3M 2014
49% RoboCop Norton $50.7M 2014
No Score Yet I Am Steve McQueen Actor 2014
7% Paranoia Nicholas Wyatt $5.4M 2013
No Score Yet Guns, Girls and Gambling Elvis Elvis 2012
67% Lawless Floyd Banner $36.4M 2012
87% The Dark Knight Rises Commissioner Gordon $448.2M 2012
83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy George Smiley $20.3M 2011
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Sirius Black $381.1M 2011
81% Kung Fu Panda 2 Lord Shen $165.3M 2011
10% Red Riding Hood Solomon $37.3M 2011
79% Countdown to Zero Actor $0.3M 2010
47% The Book of Eli Carnegie $94.9M 2010
No Score Yet One Night In Turin Narrator 2010
No Score Yet Rain Fall William Holtzer 2009
22% Planet 51 General Grawl $42.2M 2009
54% Disney's A Christmas Carol Bob Cratchit/Marley/Tiny Tim $137.9M 2009
10% The Unborn Rabbi Sendak $42.7M 2009
94% The Dark Knight Lt. James Gordon $533.4M 2008
75% The Backwoods (Bosque de sombras) Paul 2008
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Sirius Black $292M 2007
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Sirius Black $290M 2005
84% Batman Begins Jim Gordon $204.2M 2005
No Score Yet Hollywood Stories Actor 2005
No Score Yet Dead Fish Lynch 2004
29% Tiptoes Rolfe 2004
90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Sirius Black $249.4M 2004
No Score Yet Sin Charlie Strom 2003
No Score Yet Beat the Devil Actor 2002
No Score Yet Interstate 60 O.W. Grant 2002
39% Hannibal Mason Verger $163.9M 2001
0% Nobody's Baby Buford Dill Producer 2001
76% The Contender Runyon Executive Producer $16.2M 2000
No Score Yet Jesus Pontius Pilate 2000
24% Plunkett & Macleane Executive Producer 1999
35% Quest For Camelot Ruber 1998
28% Lost in Space Dr. Smith 1998
67% Nil by Mouth Director Screenwriter Producer 1998
76% Air Force One Ivan Korshunov 1997
71% The Fifth Element Zorg 1997
68% Basquiat Albert Milo 1996
13% The Scarlet Letter Arthur Dimmesdale 1995
55% Immortal Beloved Ludwig van Beethoven 1994
72% Léon: The Professional Stansfield 1994
50% Murder in the First Associate Warden Glenn 1994
92% True Romance Drexl Spivey 1993
22% Romeo Is Bleeding Jack Grimaldi 1993
72% Bram Stoker's Dracula Dracula 1992
84% JFK Lee Harvey Oswald 1991
62% Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Rosencrantz 1991
84% State of Grace Jackie Flannery 1990
17% Chattahoochee Emmett Foley 1989
33% Criminal Law Ben Chase 1989
57% Track 29 Martin 1988
No Score Yet We Think the World of You Johnny Burney 1988
No Score Yet The Firm Bex Bissek 1988
94% Prick Up Your Ears Joe Orton 1987
88% Sid and Nancy Sid Vicious 1986
71% Meantime Coxy 1983


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