GARY OLDMAN (General Grawl) is also known to millions as Sirius Black (Harry Potter's Godfather), Commissioner Jim Gordon (Batman's crime-fighting partner), Dracula, Beethoven, Lee Harvey Oswald, Joe Orton, Sid Vicious, and also the terrorist who hijacked Harrison Ford's Air Force One. He also starred in Luc Besson's The Professional and The Fifth Element and also as Dr. Zachary Smith in Lost in Space.
Highly regarded as one of foremost actors of his generation, and an internationally known, iconic figure, he has the distinction of appearing in more successful films than any other artist spanning the past eighteen years, and additionally has appeared in more than one of the top ten highest grossing films in history.
His acting career began in 1979 where he worked exclusively in the theatre; in 1985 through 1989 working at London's Royal Court. His early BBC films were Mike Leigh's Meantime and The Firm by the late Alan Clark. Feature films, which immediately followed were Sid and Nancy, Prick Up Your Ears, directed by Stephen Frears, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, directed by Tom Stoppard, State of Grace, JFK, directed by Oliver Stone, Bram Stoker's Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Romeo is Bleeding, True Romance, directed by Tony Scott, The Professional, Murder in the First, Immortal Beloved, and The Scarlet Letter, directed by Roland Joffe.
In 1995, and manager/producing partner Douglas Urbanski formed a production company, which produced Mr. Oldman's directorial debut, the highly acclaimed Nil by Mouth. The film won nine of seventeen major awards for which it was nominated. The film was selected to open the main competition for the 1997 50th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, for which Kathy Burke won Best Actress. The same year Oldman won the prestigious Channel Four Director's Prize at the Edinburgh Film Festival in addition to winning the British Academy Award (shared with Douglas Urbanski) for Best Film and also the BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay.
During the past eighteen years, Mr. Oldman has appeared in a staggering nine films that have opened in the number one box office position; the films in which he has appeared have a cumulative gross in the billions of dollars.
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