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Gary Oldman

Actor and Filmmaker Gary Oldman
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Profession: Actor and Filmmaker


Biography: Gary Oldman rose to fame on the British stage in roles for the Royal Court Theatre from 1984 and the Royal Shakespeare Company 1985-1986. Oldman's breakthrough film role came in the 1986 film "Sid and Nancy' in which he portrayed Sex Pistol musician Sid Vicious.

Oldman moved to Los Angeles to work with the success of the 1990 film "State of Grace" and was part of the "Brit Pack" alongside other newly arrived British artists in Hollywood. In 1991 he played Lee Harvey Oswald in Oliver Stone's "JFK", going on to achieve huge box office success with Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film "Dracula". The role of Dracula is just one of the memorable villans Oldman has become known for in film.

Oldman has had roles in a number of successful film franchises including as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter films and in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.

Oldman was nominated for his first Academy Award and BAFTA for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (2011), based on the book by John le Carré. He went on to win the Oscar as well as the BAFTA and the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his role as Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour" (2017).

Born: March 21, 1958
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Age: 64 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Aries

Historical Events

  • 1991-08-08 Actor Gary Oldman is arrested for drunk driving
  • 2018-02-18 71st British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs): "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri " Best Film, Guillermo del Toro Best Director, Best Actors Frances McDormand / Gary Oldman
  • 2018-03-04 90th Academy Awards: Best Picture "The Shape of Water", Best Director Guillermo del Toro, Best Actor Gary Oldman, Best Actress France McDormand