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'
Your Ears; Tom Stoppard's
Rosencrantz & Guidenstern Are Dead; Phil
State of Grace ; Oliver Stone's
JFK ; Francis Ford Coppola's
Stoker 's Dracula; Tony Scott's True Romance; Bernard Rose's
Beloved ; Luc Besson's The Professional (a.k.a.
Leon ) and
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
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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