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GARY OLDMAN (Dreyfus), with over 20 years as a worldwide
presence in major motion pictures, 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 twenty 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
Mr. 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, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II; and also
appeared in the Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
With the addition of master spy George Smiley in 2011, Oldman created yet
another iconic character in the acclaimed film version of John Le Carre's
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which brought Oldman his first Academy Award
Nomination and also a BAFTA nomination as Best Actor.
Starring also with Denzel Washington in the hit film The Book of Eli, 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 Gildenstern 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 directed by Luc Besson, 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, written by Gary Oldman.
In 2000, Mr. Oldman, and Douglas Urbanski 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.
During the past twenty years Mr. Oldman has appeared in a staggering thirteen
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,
remarkably, making him, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the highest
grossing film actor in the history of motion pictures.
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