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An acclaimed presence in motion pictures for 30 years, GARY OLDMAN is regarded as one of the foremost actors of his generation.

He is known to millions the world over for his iconic characterizations of Sirius Black (Harry Potter's godfather), Commissioner Jim Gordon (Batman/Bruce Wayne's crime-fighting partner), Dracula, Beethoven, Pontius Pilate, Lee Harvey Oswald, Joe Orton, Sid Vicious, and George Smiley. The latter portrayal, in Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy , brought him accolades worldwide including BAFTA Award, British Independent Film Award, European Film Award, and Academy Award nominations for Best Actor.

In 2011, he was honored with the Empire Awards' Icon Award for Achievement and with a Career Tribute at the Gotham Independent Film Awards. At the 2014 London Critics' Circle Film Awards, he was honored with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film.

The UK native has starred in 13 movies that have opened in the #1 position at the box office. As part of the two most successful franchises in movie history, was in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaband, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 , directed by Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, and David Yates, respectively; and Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins , The Dark Knight , and The Dark Knight Rises .

Mr. Oldman's acting career began in 1979, and for several years he worked exclusively in the theatre; from 1985 through 1989, he alternated film work with stage work at London's Royal Court Theatre. Among his early telefilms were Mike Leigh's Meantime and the late Alan Clarke's The Firm .

His features include Alex Cox's Sid and Nancy ; Stephen Frears' Prick Up Your Ears; Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guidenstern Are Dead; Phil Joanou's State of Grace ; Oliver Stone's JFK ; Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker 's Dracula; Tony Scott's True Romance; Bernard Rose's Immortal Beloved ; Luc Besson's The Professional (a.k.a. Leon ) and
The Fifth Element ; Wolfgang Petersen's Air Force One ; Ridley Scott's Hannibal ; Albert and Allen Hughes' The Book of Eli ; Daniel Espinosa's Child 44 ; and Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes .

With Douglas Urbanski, Mr. Oldman produced the feature Nil by Mouth . The film marked his screenwriting and directing debut, and was selected to world premiere as the opening-night film of the 1997 [50th Anniversary of the] Cannes International Film Festival, at which the film's leading lady Kathy Burke won the Best Actress award. Subsequent honors for Nil by Mouth included the prestigious Channel Four Director's Prize, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival; six British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nominations, and three wins including for Ms. Burke and her fellow actors Ray Winstone and Laila Morse; the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay as well as BAFTA's Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year, the latter shared by Mr. Oldman and Mr. Urbanski.

The team's subsequent productions have included Rod Lurie's The Contender , starring Joan Allen and Jeff Bridges. The film received two Academy Award, two Golden Globe Award, and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, including one for Best Supporting Actor (Mr. Oldman); and the ensemble and the writer/director were honored with the Broadcast Film Critics Association's Alan J. Pakula Award.


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