With over 20 years as a worldwide presence in major motion pictures, GARY OLDMAN
(Norton) is known to millions as Sirius Black (Harry Potter's godfather),
Commissioner Jim Gordon (Batman's crime-fighting partner in all three films of
Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy), 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 twenty years; he has appeared in 13 films to open
#1 at the box office, and last year, The Hollywood Reporter cited Oldman as the
highest grossing actor in the history of motion pictures.
With the recent addition of master spy George Smiley, Oldman created yet another
iconic character in the acclaimed film version of John leCarre's Tinker, Tailor,
Soldier, Spy. That film brought Oldman his first Academy Award nomination and a
BAFTA nomination as Best Actor. Mr. Oldman is also the recipient of the 2011
Empire Icon Award, awarded for a lifetime of outstanding achievement, and also
the 2012 Empire Award for Best Actor for Tinker.
In 2014, in addition to RoboCop, Oldman will star in Dawn of the Planet of the
Apes and the film version of the acclaimed thriller Child 44.
Oldman's acting career began in 1979 where he worked exclusively in the theatre;
in 1985 through 1989, he worked 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,
Murder in the First, Immortal Beloved, The Scarlet Letter directed by Roland
Joffe, and The Book of Eli opposite Denzel Washington.
In 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. 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, written by Gary Oldman.
In 2000, Oldman and Douglas Urbanski also produced the original film The
Contender, which also starred Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater and Sam
Elliott; the film received several Academy Award nominations.
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