A worldwide presence in major motion pictures for twenty years, GARY
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; in THE BOOK OF ELI; 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 including, not one, but BOTH of the most successful film
franchises in history. Oldman is the recipient of the 2011 Empire Icon Award,
awarded for a lifetime of outstanding achievement.
He has appeared in the following HARRY POTTER films: HARRY POTTER AND THE
PRISONER OF AZKABAN, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, HARRY POTTER AND THE
ORDER OF THE PHOENIX and HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART II. He also
appeared in the Christopher Nolan's BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT, and stars
in the upcoming THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.
As master spy George Smiley, Oldman creates yet another acclaimed iconic
character in the film version of John Le Carre's TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, a
performance which earned him an Oscar nomination as Best Actor, and also a
British Academy Award nomination as Best Actor.
Oldman began his acting career in 1979, appearing in a number of plays and
working from 1985 through 1989 at London's Royal Court. His early BBC films were
Mike Leigh's MEANTIME and THE FIRM, by the late Alan Clarke. Feature films were
Alex Cox's SID AND NANCY; Stephen Frears's PRICK UP YOUR EARS; Tom Stoppard's
ROSENCRANTZ AND GILDENSTERN ARE DEAD; STATE OF GRACE; Oliver Stone's JFK;
Francis Ford Coppola's BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA; ROMEO IS BLEEDING; Tony Scott's
TRUE ROMANCE; MURDER IN THE FIRST; IMMORTAL BELOVED; and Roland Joffe's THE
n 1995, Oldman and manager/producing partner Douglas Urbanski formed a
production company, which produced Oldman's directorial debut, the highly
acclaimed NIL BY MOUTH. The film won nine of seventeen major awards for which it
was nominated. It was selected to open the main competition for the 1997 50th
Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, where co-star Kathy Burke won the award
for 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 the BAFTA
for Best Original Screenplay.
In 2000, Oldman and Urbanski produced THE CONTENDER; Oldman co-starred alongside
Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater and Sam Elliott; the film received
several Academy Award nominations. During the past eighteen years, Oldman has
appeared in ten 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 and
billions of dollars.
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