Gary Oldman

Gary Leonard Oldman (born 21 March 1958) is an English actor, filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his „big” acting style, Oldman is one of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film and television. Oldman began acting on stage in 1979, and gained his first starring film role in Meantime . He continued to lead an award-winning theatre career, during which he performed at London’s Royal Court and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, with credits including The Massacre at Paris, Entertaining Mr Sloane (1983), Saved (1983), Women Beware Women (1986), The Country Wife (1987) and Hamlet (1987). As a film actor, Oldman’s portrayals of Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy, Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears (1987), a football firm leader in The Firm (1989) and the titular Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) made him a celebrity in Britain, with his reading of Orton bringing a BAFTA Award nomination. Oldman went on to achieve international recognition as an Irish American gangster in State of Grace, Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK (1991), and Count Dracula in ”Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992), which earned him the Saturn Award for Best Actor. Emerging as one of cinema’s foremost portrayers of villains, Oldman starred as corrupt DEA agent Norman Stansfield in Léon: The Professional, as well as the antagonists of films such as True Romance (1993), The Fifth Element (1997), Air Force One (1997), and The Contender (2000), for which he garnered a [[Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role|Screen Actors Guild Award]] nomination; Oldman meanwhile gave a critically acclaimed reading of Ludwig van Beethoven in Immortal Beloved (1994). In the 21st century, he is known for his roles as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series; James Gordon in The Dark Knight Trilogy; Lord Shen in Kung Fu Panda 2 ; George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), which brought Academy and BAFTA Award nominations for Best Actor; and a human leader in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). Empire readers voted Oldman as the recipient of the 2011 Empire Icon Award. As of 2016, motion pictures in which he has starred have grossed over $10.6 billion. Outside of acting in film, Oldman wrote and directed the double BAFTA Award-winning, Palme d’Or-nominated Nil by Mouth ; made an Emmy Award-nominated guest appearance in the Friends two-part episode „The One with Monica and Chandler’s Wedding” (2001); featured in music videos for David Bowie, Guns N’ Roses and Annie Lennox; and provided the voice of Viktor Reznov in the Call of Duty video game series.

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