Gary Oldman

Actor, screenwriter, director, producer, musician Gary Oldman

Gary Leonard Oldman is an English screen and stage actor, filmmaker and musician who has garned widespread acclaim for his versatile acting performances. Oldman has won two BAFTA Awards and a Saturn Award, and has been nominated for Academy-, Emmy- and Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as the Palme d'Or and two additional BAFTA Awards.
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Time to engrave the Oscars for the acting races?
LATimes - 1 day
They won at the Golden Globes. They triumphed at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. And, last weekend, they took home prizes from the British Film Academy. Is there any possible scenario in which Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney don’t win the acting Oscars next Sunday? ...
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The Oscar acting races are locked ... probably
LATimes - 5 days
Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney have all won Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards and countless other prizes and gewgaws in the weeks leading up to the Oscars. You and I both know how this is going to end. It’s 2015 all over again, when Eddie Redmayne, Julianne...
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Gary Oldman on absorbing the energy of awards season
LATimes - 9 days
We’re coming to the end of what is essentially a six-month conveyor belt for awards season contenders. It can be glamorous. But it’s also a grind. "This has all taken some getting used to," Gary Oldman, the favorite for the lead actor Oscar, told me recently. "I'm quite a private person. I've never...
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Gary Oldman: 'One should never take for granted the sound of applause'
LATimes - 11 days
For someone who has been winning as much as Gary Oldman has these past few months — a Golden Globe, a SAG Awards honor, tributes at the Santa Barbara and Palm Springs film festivals and countless other prizes for his turn as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” — the idea of loss never seems far...
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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Gary Oldman Jowls It Up As Winston Churchill
NPR - 16 days
Gary Oldman is nominated for best actor and Darkest Hour is nominated for best picture, so we sit down in this episode to talk about the film and the genre of historical dramas in general. (Image credit: Jack English/Focus Features)
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Gary Oldman emerges as an Oscar frontrunner
Fox News - about 1 month
Oldman's portrayal of Winston Churchill in 'Darkest Hour' has already earned the British actor Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards.
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WATCH: Gary Oldman sings 'Who Were You With Last Night?'
ABC News - about 1 month
Oldman appears on "Popcorn With Peter Travers" to talk about his new film "Darkest Hour."
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'Darkest Hour' film editor sees it as a thriller at heart. At stake, the fate of the world
LATimes - about 2 months
Film editor Valerio Bonelli considers himself a slow reader, but the script for 2017’s “Darkest Hour” had him quickly turning pages. Directed by Joe Wright and starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, the film follows the earliest days of the prime minister’s leadership in Great Britain, when...
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Complete list of Golden Globe winners
Chicago Times - about 2 months
List of winners for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Sunday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:  MOTION PICTURE Motion Picture, Drama: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." Actor, Motion Picture, Drama: Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour." Actress, Motion Picture, Drama: Frances...
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'Darkest Hour' Review: Eccentric, Magnetic Leadership
Wall Street Journal - 3 months
Gary Oldman stars as Winston Churchill in this portrait of a man both determined and full of doubt.
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Gary Oldman shines as Churchill in 'Darkest Hour'
CNN - 3 months
Bringing Winston Churchill uncannily to life even without taking into account the jaw-dropping makeup, Gary Oldman should probably skip past Oscar talk and jump directly to knighthood for "Darkest Hour," a screen portrait of Churchill against which all others will be measured.
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194 Thoughts I Had While Watching The 'Harry Potter' Franchise For The First Time
Huffington Post - 9 months
When I was 13, I went to see “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” with my best friend, her mom and her brother. It was 2001, and from what I can vaguely remember, it was a good time. But for some reason, I never went back to the theater to see the rest of the “Harry Potter” movies, nor did I watch them from the comfort of my couch.Why is that, you say? Well, I don’t know. I tried listening to a bit of J.K. Rowling’s book series on tape, but I eventually gave up on story time in order to save more minutes for karaoke and collecting Spice Girls lollipops.  Now, at 29 years old, I finally watched the franchise from start to finish, over the course of four days ― and it was freakin’ magical. WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG?? I similarly watched the original “Star Wars” trilogy for the first time back in 2015. Then, like now, I was chastised for being an entertainment journalist who’s never seen one of the most popular film series of all time. (To be honest, I’ve been too busy rewatc...
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Killing Reagan: A Film in Need of Life Support
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 (, I applaud O'Reilly for convincing a general audience to watch anything about history beyond the hi...
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Ritch Shydner: Veteran Comedian And Chronicler Of The 1980s Comedy Boom
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 - almost 2 years
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 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
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That Voice -- Remembering Alan Rickman
Huffington Post - about 2 years
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 w...
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Vin Diesel teases Samuel L. Jackson’s return to the xXx franchise on social media
Yahoo News - about 2 years
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 D...
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The Man in the Wheelchair
Huffington Post - about 2 years
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 mu...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gary Oldman
  • 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.
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    He will also star in The Space Between Us with Asa Butterfield, which will be released on 21 December 2016.
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    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 2013
    Age 54
    He starred as a sleazy priest in the controversial religious-themed video for David Bowie's 2013 single "The Next Day".
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    In 2013, Oldman portrayed Nicholas Wyatt, a ruthless CEO, in Robert Luketic's Paranoia, along with Harrison Ford and Liam Hemsworth.
  • 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.
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    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.
  • 2011
    Age 52
    In addition, he was chosen by Screened, and W Magazine for giving one of the best performances of 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 51
    In 2010, Oldman co-starred with Denzel Washington in The Book of Eli.
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  • 2009
    Age 50
    He had a starring role in David Goyer's supernatural thriller The Unborn, released in 2009.
    Oldman co-starred with Jim Carrey in the 2009 version of A Christmas Carol in which Oldman played three roles.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1997
    Age 38
    Oldman was married to Donya Fiorentino from 1997 to 2001 and had two sons with her.
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  • 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.
    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1991
    Age 32
    In 1991, Oldman starred in his first US blockbuster, playing Lee Harvey Oswald in Oliver Stone's JFK.
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  • 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.
    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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 1982
    Age 23
    He performed in a 6-month West End run of MacDonald's Summit Conference, opposite Glenda Jackson, in 1982.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1958
    Born on March 21, 1958.
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