Gary Oldman
Actor, screenwriter, director, producer, musician
Gary Oldman
Gary Leonard Oldman is an English screen and stage actor, filmmaker and musician. A former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Oldman has garnered widespread critical and peer respect as a screen actor. Tom Hardy once remarked: "Gary Oldman is, hands down, the greatest actor that's ever lived.
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Killing Reagan: A Film in Need of Life Support
Huffington Post - 4 months
Sunday night, I found myself in the crosshairs of the long-awaited Killing Reagan, and, well, I was not exactly slain. That was not due to any preconceived political ideas about Reagan. Frankly, now trapped in the political hospice called the Trump and Hillary room, even a passing revisit of Reagan's life, albeit at his nadir, swept in a momentary breath of optimism. The inspiration for this biopic was the book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, another in the Killing Series page-turners; this one is a fairly effective work, as was their earlier attempt, Killing Kennedy. The O'Reilly-Dugard formula is to collect the lesser-known facts of history --usually about someone slain, or in the case of Reagan, nearly assassinated --and to weave a new narrative, from the melodramatic, even salacious details. As someone under the same microscope of biopic filmmaking (www.silencepatton.com), I applaud O'Reilly for convincing a general audience to watch anything about history beyond the his ...
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Ritch Shydner: Veteran Comedian And Chronicler Of The 1980s Comedy Boom
Huffington Post - 5 months
Comedian Ritch Shydner All photos courtesy of Ritch Shydner Ritch Shydner's new book, "Kicking Through The Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 1980s Comedy Explosion", has just been published. In the 1980s, Ritch made numerous appearances on TV, including "Late Night with David Letterman" and "The Tonight Show" with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. He did an HBO half-hour special, "One Night Stand." He played Al Bundy's co-worker on "Married with Children", and made guest appearances on many other TV shows, such as "Designing Women" and "Roseanne." Ritch was able to translate his modest success on TV into an obscure film career, appearing in Steve Martin's, "Roxanne," and Eddie Murphy's, "Beverly Hills Cop II," before moving on to minor roles on smaller pictures. Ritch wrote for sitcoms such as "Roseanne", "The Jeff Foxworthy Show," and HBO's "The Mind of the Married Man." He wrote material for Jeff Foxworthy's Grammy-nominated comedy albums, "Totally Committed," and "Big ...
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Watch James Corden and Special Guests Make a Soap Opera Out of Justin Bieber Lyrics
Yahoo News - 11 months
On Tuesday night's The Late Late Show , host James Corden adapted his buddy Justin Bieber's lyrics into a soap opera starring Salma Hayek, Ray Romano and Corden himself, with a special appearance by Gary Oldman. It turns out that "Love Yourself" and "Baby" make for highly dramatic dialogue. Corden ... Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com The Late Late Show With James Corden Justin Bieber Ray Romano James Corden Salma Hayek Gary Oldman This article, Watch James Corden and Special Guests Make a Soap Opera Out of Justin Bieber Lyrics, originally appeared on TVGuide.com.
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That Voice -- Remembering Alan Rickman
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Not been a great week, folks. I saw a tweet this morning that suggested we should call an early end to it and head over to the pub to drown our sorrows. The news of actor Alan Rickman's passing from cancer at the age of 69 has left me inclined to agree. Between him and David Bowie earlier this week, we're losing too many of our heroes. People we were never going to meet and who never knew of our own existence but still occupy that special place in our hearts reserved for family. Alan Rickman was a compelling actor for whom no one ever seemed to have a bad word, either in regard to his work or the man himself. And yet it's surprising to know that for someone who provided so many indelible, endlessly quotable screen moments, he was never nominated for an Academy Award, never broke out of the character actor mold for a really meaty lead part, never achieved the level of stardom someone of his talents really deserved -- although by the reaction seen on social media, it's clear that he wa ...
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Vin Diesel teases Samuel L. Jackson’s return to the xXx franchise on social media
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Apparently, Vin Diesel’s social media accounts are the official source for any and all news regarding xXx: The Return of Xander Cage . The actor announced his return to the adrenaline-fueled franchise via Instagram back in August, and Coming Soon reports that Diesel recently rattled off a string of announcements about the third xXx film on both Facebook and Instagram. Related: Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gary Oldman to team up Here’s the rundown: Diesel announces that Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as the spectacularly named NSA Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons: Excited to work with Sam again… his portrayal of Gibbons was so good … timeless.Welcome to the Xander Zone! Posted by Vin Diesel on Monday, December 14, 2015 Diesel gives us a sneak peak at concept art for the upcoming film: Sharing some concept art before heading to my meeting. So excited to start filming xXx, it’s been a while since we’ve entered the Xander Zone… A video posted by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on De ...
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The Man in the Wheelchair
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It was there, as I sat clutching my ear in pain, in a rundown hospital in Madrid, that I met the man in the wheelchair. The pain started around 2 in the morning, the day I was suppose to fly back home. I had come to Spain three weeks earlier in an attempt to clear my head from the complex thoughts that had been plaguing my mind. I thought that a daring solo adventure in Europe would rid me of the loneliness and confusion that I had been feeling. I had spent many years feeling lonely, with only the movies of my fictional boyfriends to keep me company. However, much to my surprise, there came a point when even Ralph Fiennes, Kenneth Branagh, and Gary Oldman could not fill that special gap in my heart; the gap that yearned for adventure and passion. So, at 17 years old, I convinced my parents to let me spend a month in Spain to study literature. I arrived excited to take advantage of my newfound freedom and ready for an adventure of a lifetime. Perhaps I expected a bit too muc ...
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King of Corn
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
My Uniqlo white linen long-sleeved shirt was splattered with blood. My cigar bag also and bits of bright red speckle dotted my Sol Moscot clear frame glasses (Gary Oldman has a pair, so I had to have one.) The back of the boat was drenched in blood as if it was a scene from Dexter. All the beer had been consumed before 1 p.m. I was sunburned as red as the blood and later a scalding cafe con leche would do the same to the inside of my mouth. Some would say that this was no way to prepare for the Sweet Corn Fiesta in South Florida and attempt to become the five time world corn-on-the-cob eating champion, but I would argue that was exactly the way to prepare for the twelve-minute, all-you-can-eat, hand-cramping, jaw-locking, and kernel-discomfort scenario. I was beer soaked, blood drenched, burnt outside and in, and battle ready. Bring on the sweet corn! I should mention that the blood was dolphin blood or more accurately mahi mahi blood, but that in this hidden enclave near the Florida ...
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Matt Adcock at the cinema - Child 44 review
Hemel Today - almost 2 years
The Cold War gets grim in Child 44, the big screen thriller adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s award-winning novel that details the hunt for a serial child killer known as the ‘Butcher of Rostov’. This is a mix of real life events boosted by some cunningly fabricated ‘what ifs’ to do with Nazi revenge plans. Unwitting hero of the piece is Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), a MGB Secret Police Agent noted for promotion due to his propaganda-friendly planting of the Russian flag on the Reichstag building after ousting Nazis in 1945. When the son of one of Demidov’s friends is murdered and he is tasked with delivering the official ‘there is no murder in the communist paradise’ cover-up, it stirs up a burning sense of injustice. The State’s reluctance to admit even the possibility of there being a killer on the prowl is the reason the child slayer operates with impunity, leaving a body count of 44 young victims. So with no official support Demidov has to coerce his wife Raisa (Noomi Rapace) to he ...
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Russia bans 'Child 44' serial killer movie
CNN - almost 2 years
Russian moviegoers may remember Gary Oldman as the terrorist who hijacked Air Force One. They won't get to see his new film because it's just been banned.
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Anton Yelchin in “5 to 7″: Ten Movies to see in April
Hollywood News - almost 2 years
Happy April Fools’ Day folks! I’m going to keep it serious here today though and give you a look at what the month of April has to offer in terms of theatrical releases. I’m going to be getting back into the rhythm of doing this every month, so consider this just the first of many. Obviously, there are more than the ten releases I’m mentioning, but this could wind up as the cream of the crop by the end of the month. I’ve also seen a good number of these, so that works as an added bonus in figuring out what to recommend… Here now are ten April releases to really look forward to: 10. Furious 7 – We all know that everyone is going to see this much hyped sequel staring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, so this is almost a besides the point mention. Still, in a lean-ish month like April, it certainly stands out as the only real blockbuster of note. It could rule the box office until May 1st when Avengers: Age of Ultron shatters records. 9. Monsters: Dark Continent – A sequel to a very solid indie ...
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Zaki's Review: <i>RoboCop</i> (2014)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
From the very beginning, ever since MGM's remake of 1987's seminal action flick RoboCop was announced many moons ago, I've been rooting for it. Yes, that first film is a quintessential piece of '80s arcana. Yes, its alchemy-like mix of satire and ultra-violence remains just as potent today as when it hit theaters. And yes, it's one of my favorite movies. Ever.* Nonetheless, given that studios are rarely wont to let little things like "artistic integrity" stand in the way of exploiting extant IP, my philosophy regarding Robo redux was always, "If you're going to do it, do it well." Thus, when the Lion brought in director Jose Padilha (of the cult favorite Elite Squad films out of Brazil) to helm the project, I was intrigued. When they signed actor Joel Kinnaman, a dependable presence on AMC's just-canceled series The Killing, to embody the title role, I was onboard. And when they added a panoply of reliable players like Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Keaton to fill out the ...
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Sam Rubin Apologizes To Samuel L. Jackson After Laurence Fishburne Mistake
Huffington Post - about 3 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles newscaster apologized to Samuel L. Jackson for confusing him with fellow actor Laurence Fishburne during a live TV interview. KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin was interviewing Jackson on Monday about the film "RoboCop" when he asked the actor if he'd gotten a lot of reaction to his recent Super Bowl commercial. When Jackson asked, "What Super Bowl commercial?" Rubin realized his mistake and began to apologize. But it was too late. "You're as crazy as the people on Twitter," an animated Jackson, who was doing the interview by satellite from Atlanta, told Rubin. "I'm not Laurence Fishburne. We don't all look alike. We may be all black and famous but we don't all look alike." As Rubin, who is white, tried to apologize, a smiling Jackson went on at length, listing various black actors and their commercials. Video of the exchange quickly went viral. "I'm the 'What's in Your Wallet,' black guy," he said of his own commercial for a credit-card comp ...
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Abbie Cornish & Gary Oldman: 'RoboCop' UK Premiere!
Just Jared - about 3 years
Abbie Cornish hits the red carpet at the premiere of her new movie RoboCop held at the BFI IMAX on Wednesday (February 5) in London, England. The 31-year-old actress was joined at the event by her co-star Gary Oldman. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Abbie Cornish Abbie is set to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on February 12 and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on February 13 to promote the new movie. FYI: Abbie is wearing an Elie Saab gown, Sheikh shoes, a Jimmy Choo clutch, and Slight jewelry. 10+ pictures inside of Abbie Cornish and Gary Oldman at the premiere…
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A Reality Check on Executive Orders and the 'Dictator Obama' Myth
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The congressional Republicans and the conservative entertainment complex has lost its collective shpadoinkle over President Obama's slate of new executive orders, including a forthcoming order to raise the minimum wage for government contractors to $10.10. Consequently, Glenn Beck declared the president to be "America's first dictator." Mark Levin suggested that Congress pass a resolution nullifying the executive orders, as if the president would ever sign such legislation. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) played the newly popular frivolous lawsuit card, and declared that House conservatives might try to sue the president. Bachmann said, "He may think he's a king, he may declare himself king, but that's not what he is under our Constitution." Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tweeted, "Mr. President we are a nation of laws &amp; we are supposed to follow our #Constitution. You do not get to 'act alone.'" Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said, "Over and over again this president has disregarded the law, has ...
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'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead' Tours With 'Hamlet', Is Theater's Best Double Header Ever
Huffington Post - about 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright Tom Stoppard's first big hit starred two unlikely heroes — a pair of insignificant characters lifted from "Hamlet." "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" tells the absurdist story of the Danish Prince's childhood friends, who are sent to spy on Hamlet and end up as confused courtiers navigating the shark-infested waters of the royal court. As the title suggests, the play ends poorly for the pair. But it didn't for Stoppard: It won the best play Tony Award in 1968 and was turned into a film starring Gary Oldman and Tim Roth. Now The Acting Company, the renowned touring theater troupe that counts Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone and Jeffrey Wright among its alumni, is about to hit the road with "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," directed by Tony winner John Rando. The twist? It's being performed in repertoire with "Hamlet" and the actors play the same roles in both works. "I love the challenge of it," says Rando, who directed the Broadway hits "A Christm ...
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Gary Oldman Ruins Thanksgiving Because He's British And Hates Us
Huffington Post - about 3 years
We understand that a lot of British people don't totally get what Thanksgiving is about, but did you know that the whole thing really pisses some of them off? Thanks to Jimmy Kimmel and Gary Oldman, we now know how hurtful our celebrating not being British every year really is to the folks across the pond. Sorry, y'all.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gary Oldman
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 57
    At the 2016 Brit Awards in London, Oldman paid tribute to Bowie, before receiving the Brits "Icon Award" on behalf of the singer and his family.
    More Details Hide Details Oldman participated in the creation of The Legend of Spyro games, produced by Sierra Entertainment. He provided the voice of the Fire Guardian, Ignitus. He voices Sergeant Viktor Reznov and scientist Daniel Clarke in the Call of Duty games. He also provides the narration of Sergeant Jack Barnes in the Spearhead expansion for Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. In 2015 he voiced Lord Vortech, the evil mastermind who seeks to control the LEGO Multiverse, in the Lego Dimensions video game. Oldman will also be portraying Admiral Ernst Bishop in the upcoming single-player campaign of the Chris Roberts-designed crowdfunded video game, Star Citizen. In 2015, Oldman and his manager Douglas Urbanski signed a deal with the Simon & Schuster/Atria Publishing label Emily Bestler Books for 'Blood Riders', a vampire book series. Oldman was almost immediately typecast as a criminal in his film career. The necessity to express villainous characters in an overtly physical manner led to the cultivation of his 'big' acting style, which hearkened back to his classical theatre training and would become his trademark; this encompassed "playing everything" via layered performances that vividly express each character's emotions and internal conflicts. Oldman has conceded that he often overacts on screen, and said: "It's my influence on those roles that probably they feel bigger than life and a little over-the-top. I mean, I do go for it a bit as an actor, I must admit."
    He will also star in The Space Between Us with Asa Butterfield, which will be released on 21 December 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Oldman is also starring in The Hitman's Bodyguard with Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds, and Salma Hayek, which will be released on 18 August 2017. Also, Oldman is starring in Hunter Killer with Gerard Butler, Billy Bob Thornton, and Linda Cardellini. He is set to star in a supporting role in post-apocalyptic America for thriller Man Down directed by Dito Montiel alongside Shia LaBeouf and Kate Mara. He is slated to direct a biopic about Eadweard Muybridge entitled Flying Horse. Oldman will star in Darkest Hour as Winston Churchill, which will be directed by Joe Wright. In 1997, Oldman directed, produced, and wrote the award-winning Nil by Mouth, a film partially based on his own childhood. Nil by Mouth went on to win the BAFTA Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film (shared with Douglas Urbanski) and also the BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay, the Channel 4 Director's Award, and an Empire Award. In 1999, it was adjudged by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts as one of the hundred best British films of the 20th century. Nil By Mouth was listed by Time Out as number twenty-one of the top 100 best British films ever.
    In 2016, Oldman played a CIA chief in Criminal, directed by Ariel Vromen, and starring Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Reynolds, Alice Eve, and Gal Gadot.
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  • 2015
    Age 56
    In 2015, Oldman played the head of police that investigates Tom Hardy's character in Child 44 alongside Noomi Rapace and Joel Kinnaman.
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  • 2014
    Age 55
    In 2014, Oldman starred alongside Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson in the remake of RoboCop, as Norton, the scientist who creates RoboCop.
    More Details Hide Details Also that year, Oldman starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as one of the leads alongside Jason Clarke and Keri Russell.
  • 2013
    Age 54
    He starred as a sleazy priest in the controversial religious-themed video for David Bowie's 2013 single "The Next Day".
    More Details Hide Details In contrast to his often dark on-screen roles, Oldman's affable real-life demeanour has been noted, and he was named as one of Empire magazine's "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History" in 2007. In 2011, Oldman was voted as a film icon by Empire readers, with the award presented by Colin Firth. Oldman has been cited as the best British actor of his generation. He has garnered critical acclaim for his diverse performances and portrayals of real-life historical figures and is noted for his avoidance of the Hollywood celebrity scene, often being referred to as an "actor's actor". Oldman's work has been acclaimed by many Hollywood figures: Tom Hardy has described Oldman as his "absolute complete and utter hero" and "hands down, the greatest actor that's ever lived"; Brad Pitt, Daniel Radcliffe and Ryan Gosling have also cited Oldman as their favourite actor. Hardy recalled Oldman's influence on students at drama school, stating that "everybody used to quote him in all of his films". Other actors such as Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shia LaBeouf, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, Jason Isaacs and Michael Fassbender have cited Oldman as an influence. Peers have praised his talents: Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Keanu Reeves and Ray Winstone have used the term "genius" in reference to Oldman. John Hurt called him "the best of the bunch"; Colin Firth hailed him as "a very strong candidate for the world's best living actor" and a "hero" of his; and Alec Baldwin described him as "preternaturally gifted" and "the greatest film actor of his generation".
    In 2013, Oldman portrayed Nicholas Wyatt, a ruthless CEO, in Robert Luketic's Paranoia, along with Harrison Ford and Liam Hemsworth.
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  • 2012
    Age 53
    In a 2012 interview, he described the ceremony as "bent", while unfavourably comparing the integrity of its voting process to that of the Academy and BAFTA awards.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later, Oldman called the Globes "meaningless", called for a boycott, and labelled members of the HFPA as self-indulgent "nobodies", while reinforcing his position on the Academy Awards being more credible.
    In 2012, Oldman played Floyd Banner, a big-hitting mobster, in John Hillcoat's Lawless, alongside Tom Hardy, Shia LeBouf, Guy Pearce and Jessica Chastain.
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  • 2011
    Age 52
    In addition, he was chosen by Screened, and W Magazine for giving one of the best performances of 2011.
    More Details Hide Details To prepare for the role of George Smiley, Gary Oldman gained 15 pounds by eating a lot of treacle sponge and custard to "put on a bit of middle-aged tummy". Oldman also watched Alec Guinness' performance in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and paid a visit to Smiley's creator John le Carré: "The way he touched his shirt, spoke and so on, I took all that and used it. I hope he won't mind, but Smiley is in his DNA."
  • 2010
    Age 51
    In 2010, Oldman co-starred with Denzel Washington in The Book of Eli.
    More Details Hide Details He also played a lead role in Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood. Oldman voiced the role of villain Lord Shen and was nominated for an Annie Award for his performance in Kung Fu Panda 2. Oldman received strong reviews and earned his first Academy and second (acting) BAFTA Award nominations for his portrayal of British spy George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), an adaptation of the John le Carré novel, directed by Tomas Alfredson.
  • 2009
    Age 50
    He had a starring role in David Goyer's supernatural thriller The Unborn, released in 2009.
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    Oldman co-starred with Jim Carrey in the 2009 version of A Christmas Carol in which Oldman played three roles.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 49
    On 31 December 2008, Oldman married English singer and actress Alexandra Edenborough in Santa Barbara, California. Edenborough filed for divorce on 9 January 2015.
    More Details Hide Details His sister Maureen (known professionally as Laila Morse) is an actress: she had a role in Oldman's directorial debut, Nil by Mouth (1997), before going on to play Mo Harris in the long-running BBC series EastEnders. Oldman was charged with drunk driving in 1991 after a night out in Los Angeles with actor Kiefer Sutherland. A deputy city attorney stated that Oldman's blood alcohol content was found to be more than twice California's limit for legal intoxication. Some media outlets reported that Oldman was unhappy with the finished product of The Contender (2000) because DreamWorks had edited the film to reflect pro-Democratic leanings, stirring controversy. The claims were declared sloppy sensationalism by Oldman's manager, Urbanski, who summarized that Oldman was "the least political person he knew", that "neither he nor Oldman had made the statements attributed to them," that they had "produced the film every last cut and frame," and that "DreamWorks did not influence the final cut or have anything to do with it." It has been suggested that Oldman was blacklisted in Hollywood for several years as a result.
  • 2004
    Age 45
    In 2004, Oldman returned to prominence when he landed a significant role in the Harry Potter film series, playing Harry Potter's godfather Sirius Black.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he starred as James Gordon in Christopher Nolan's commercially and critically successful Batman Begins, a role that he reprised in the even more successful sequel The Dark Knight (2008) and once more in the conclusion, The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Prominent film critic Mark Kermode, in reviewing The Dark Knight, downplayed claims that Heath Ledger's Joker was the highlight of the film, saying, "the best performance in the film, by a mile, is Gary Oldman's... it would be lovely to see him get aAcademy Award nomination because actually, he's the guy who gets kind of overlooked in all of this."
  • 2003
    Age 44
    Guardian writer Xan Brooks described the early 2000s as Oldman's "low point", recalling "barrel-scraping roles" in the critically maligned 2003 films Tiptoes and Sin.
    More Details Hide Details Although the film failed to impress reviewers, Oldman did garner praise for his portrayal of a man with dwarfism in Tiptoes: Lisa Nesselson in Variety described his work as "astonishingly fine", and the performance was later mentioned in Mark Kermode's "Great Acting in Bad Films".
  • 2002
    Age 43
    In 2002, he starred in the generally well-received Interstate 60, and played the Devil in the BMW short film, The Hire: Beat the Devil.
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  • 2001
    Age 42
    Following his 2001 Friends appearance, Oldman did not appear in any major roles until 2004; it was suggested that he was blacklisted in Hollywood during this time, owing to a 2000 controversy.
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    He received an Emmy Award nomination for two guest appearances in Friends in May 2001, appearing in the two-part episode "The One With Chandler and Monica's Wedding" as Richard Crosby, a pedantic actor who insists that "real" actors spit on one another when they enunciate, leading to tension, then later friendship, between Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) and himself.
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    In 2001, he starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in Hannibal, as Mason Verger, the only surviving victim of Hannibal Lecter.
    More Details Hide Details He reportedly spent six hours per day in the make-up room to achieve the character's hideously disfigured appearance. It marked the second time that Oldman had appeared opposite Hopkins, a personal friend who was part of the supporting cast of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Oldman is uncredited in the film, reportedly over a dispute regarding top billing, which was going to co-star Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1998
    Age 39
    In 1998, MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch aired a match between claymation representations of Oldman and Christopher Walken to determine the greatest cinematic villain.
    More Details Hide Details Oldman appeared opposite Jeff Bridges as zealous Republican congressman Sheldon Runyon in The Contender (2000), in which he was also credited as a producer. Oldman received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his performance.
  • 1997
    Age 38
    Oldman was married to Donya Fiorentino from 1997 to 2001 and had two sons with her.
    More Details Hide Details After a lengthy state investigation and trial, Oldman was granted sole legal and physical custody of the sons, and Fiorentino was only allowed occasional state-monitored visits.
  • 1994
    Age 35
    He also appeared as the Devil in the 1994 music video to Guns N' Roses' cover of the song "Since I Don't Have You", and served as a member of the Jury at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival.
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    In 1994's Léon: The Professional, he played corrupt DEA officer Norman Stansfield, which has since been named by multiple publications as one of the best villains in cinema.
    More Details Hide Details Oldman also portrayed various accents; along with the Transylvanian Count Dracula, he gave a critically acclaimed reading of German-born Viennese composer Ludwig van Beethoven in Immortal Beloved, and played Russian terrorist Egor Korshunov in the 1997 blockbuster Air Force One. He portrayed another "historical" figure, Pontius Pilate, in Jesus (1999). Oldman was considered for the role of Morpheus in The Matrix.
  • 1992
    Age 33
    Oldman's performance was recognised as the best male performance of 1992 by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, which awarded Oldman the Best Actor award.
    More Details Hide Details Oldman would later become a popular portrayer of villains: he played violent pimp Drexl Spivey in the Tony Scott-directed, Quentin Tarantino-written True Romance (1993), a role which MSN Movies described as "one of cinema's most memorable villains"; a sadistic prison warden in Murder in the First (1995), futuristic corporate tyrant Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg in The Fifth Element (1997), and Dr. Zachary Smith/Spider Smith in the commercially successful but critically panned Lost in Space (1998). Oldman was considered for two roles in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994), but neither were realised: Tarantino contemplated Oldman as gangster Jules Winnfield (played by Samuel L. Jackson), while TriStar executives recommended him for drug dealer Lance (portrayed by Eric Stoltz).
  • 1991
    Age 32
    In 1991, Oldman starred in his first US blockbuster, playing Lee Harvey Oswald in Oliver Stone's JFK.
    More Details Hide Details According to Oldman, very little was written about Oswald in the script. Stone gave him several plane tickets, a list of contacts and told him to do his own research. Oldman met with Oswald's wife, Marina, and her two daughters to prepare for the role. The following year, he starred as Count Dracula in Francis Ford Coppola's romance-horror Bram Stoker's Dracula. A commercially successful film adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, it was a box office success worldwide.
  • 1990
    Age 31
    He met American actress Uma Thurman on the set of State of Grace, and they were married in 1990, but the marriage ended two years later. Oldman then settled into a relationship with Italian actress and model Isabella Rossellini. The couple were rumoured to be engaged in July 1994, but separated two years later.
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    In 1990 he costarred with Tim Roth in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard's film adaptation of his own play of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details Total Film also praised the movie, calling Oldman's character "a blitz of brilliant comedy timing and pitch perfect line delivery." Oldman starred opposite Sean Penn and Ed Harris in State of Grace (1990), his first prominent US film; Roger Ebert described Oldman's turn as the highlight. Janet Maslin, another noted US film critic, referred to his work as "phenomenal". He was offered, but turned down, the lead role in that year's Edward Scissorhands. Oldman moved to the United States in the early 1990s, where he has resided since. Oldman and other young British actors of the 1980s who were becoming established Hollywood film actors, such as Tim Roth, Bruce Payne, Colin Firth, Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul McGann, were dubbed the "Brit Pack", of which Oldman was de facto leader.
  • 1989
    Age 30
    In 1989, Oldman also starred as football hooligan Clive Bissel in British drama The Firm, a performance which Total Film numbered as his best and called "stunning" and "fearless" in 2011.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 29
    In late 1988, he starred opposite long-time hero Alan Bates in We Think the World of You, and alongside Dennis Hopper and Frances McDormand in the 1989 film Chattahoochee.
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  • 1987
    Age 28
    Oldman has been married four times. He married English actress Lesley Manville in 1987 but left her in 1989, three months after their son, Alfie, was born.
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    In 1987, Oldman gained his third starring film role as Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears, for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he appeared in the plays The Country Wife (William Wycherley) and Serious Money (Caryl Churchill). Director Luc Besson told how, on the set of The Fifth Element (1997), Oldman could recite any scene from Hamlet (William Shakespeare), in which he had starred a decade earlier. Oldman's performances in Sid and Nancy and Prick Up Your Ears paved the way for work in Hollywood, garnering acclaim from prominent United States film critic Roger Ebert. Ebert wrote: "There is no point of similarity between the two performances; like a few gifted actors, Oldman is able to re-invent himself for every role. On the basis of these two movies, he is the best young British actor around." Vicious's band mate John Lydon, despite criticising Sid and Nancy, described Oldman as a "bloody good actor". Oldman lost considerable weight for the role and was hospitalised. His performance would go on to be ranked No. 62 in Premiere magazine's "100 Greatest Performances of All Time" and No. 8 in Uncut magazine's "10 Best actors in rockin' roles", the latter describing his portrayal as a "hugely sympathetic reading of the punk figurehead as a lost and bewildered manchild."
  • 1984
    Age 25
    The 1984 production of The Pope's Wedding had been seen by director Alex Cox, who offered Oldman the part of ill-fated rocker Sid Vicious in the 1986 film Sid and Nancy.
    More Details Hide Details He twice turned down the role before accepting it, because, in his own words: "I wasn't really that interested in Sid Vicious and the punk movement. I'd never followed it. It wasn't something that interested me. The script I felt was banal and 'who cares' and 'why bother' and all of that. And I was a little bit sort-of with my nose in the air and sort-of thinking 'well the theatre – so much more superior' and all of that." He reconsidered based on the salary and the urging of his agent.
    Oldman's turn in The Pope's Wedding led to a run of work with the Royal Court, and from 1984 to 1986 he appeared in Rat in the Skull (Ron Hutchinson), The Desert Air (Nicholas Wright), Cain and Abel, The Danton Affair (Pam Gems), Women Beware Women (Thomas Middleton), Real Dreams (Trevor Griffiths) and all three of Bond's The War Plays: Red Black and Ignorant, The Tin Can People and Great Peace.
    More Details Hide Details Oldman was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1985 to 1986.
    Saved proved to be a major breakthrough for Oldman. Max Stafford-Clark, artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre, had seen Oldman's performance and cast him as Scopey, the lead role of Bond's The Pope's Wedding, in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details For his acclaimed performance, he won two of British theatre's top honours: the Time Out Fringe Award for Best Newcomer, and the Drama Theatre Award for Best Actor—the latter of which was shared with future film co-star Anthony Hopkins for his performance in Pravda.
  • 1982
    Age 23
    He performed in a 6-month West End run of MacDonald's Summit Conference, opposite Glenda Jackson, in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details Also that year, Oldman made his film debut in Colin Gregg's Remembrance, and would have starred in Don Boyd's Gossip if that film had not collapsed. The following year, he landed a starring role as a skinhead in Mike Leigh's film Meantime, and moved on to Chesterfield to assume the lead role in Entertaining Mr Sloane (Joe Orton). Afterwards, he went to Westcliffe to star in Saved (Edward Bond).
  • 1980
    Age 21
    From 1980 to 1981, he appeared in The Massacre at Paris (Christopher Marlowe), Desperado Corner (Shaun Lawton), and Robert David MacDonald's plays Chinchilla and A Waste of Time.
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  • 1979
    Age 20
    He made his professional stage debut in 1979 as Puss, alongside Michael Simkins and Peter Howitt, in Dick Whittington and His Cat, at York's Theatre Royal.
    More Details Hide Details The play then ran in Colchester, then with Glasgow's Citizens Theatre; Oldman's work ethic and trademark intensity would make him a favourite with audiences in Glasgow during the 1980s.
    He later won a scholarship to attend the Rose Bruford College in Sidcup, Southeast London, from which he graduated with a BA in Acting in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details Oldman describes himself as 'shy' although a diligent worker during his time at Rose Bruford, where he performed roles such as Puck in the performance of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. After leaving school, Oldman was the first in his class to receive professional work. Oldman stated on The South Bank Show that it had nothing to do with being better than someone else, rather his diligence and application. Before enrolling at Rose Bruford, Oldman had unsuccessfully applied to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), which welcomed him to try again the following year, but advised him to find something else to do for a living. When asked by Charlie Rose if he had reminded RADA of this, Oldman joked that "the work speaks for itself".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1971
    Age 12
    He was a pianist as a child, and later a singer, but gave up his musical aspirations to pursue an acting career after seeing Malcolm McDowell's performance in the 1971 film The Raging Moon.
    More Details Hide Details In a 1995 interview with Charlie Rose, Oldman said: "Something about Malcolm just arrested me, and I connected, and I said, 'I wanna do that'." Growing up in south London, Oldman supported his local football club Millwall, and also followed Manchester United so that he could watch his idol, George Best. In 2011, Oldman would learn from his mother that his father represented Millwall after World War II, with Oldman stating: "Just after the war, she ran a boarding house, for football players, Millwall players. And I knew that my dad was involved somehow with the reserve team. But two weeks ago my mum said, 'Oh yeah, your dad played for Millwall. When he was young he had a couple of first team games." Oldman studied with the Young People's Theatre in Greenwich during the mid-1970s, while working jobs on assembly lines, as a porter in an operating theatre, selling shoes and beheading pigs in an abattoir.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on March 21, 1958.
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