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Also Known As: Maurice Escargot, Gary Leonard Oldman Died:
Born: March 21, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, screenwriter, director, producer, musician, sporting goods store clerk

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From the start of his career, actor Gary Oldman displayed an edgy intensity that brought verve to his portrayals of ambiguous and obsessive personalities. Equally at home as either heroes or villains, Oldman gained a well-earned reputation as a brilliant chameleon who first staked his claim playing wayward Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious in "Sid and Nancy" (1986). Following acclaimed turns as playwright Joe Orton in "Prick Up Your Ears" (1987) and a slick attorney in "Criminal Law" (1989), the actor was eerily indistinguishable as Lee Harvey Oswald in Oliver Stone's conspiracy-driven "JFK" (1991). Oldman added to his vast array of characters by playing the famous Count in "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992), a dreadlocked drug dealer in "True Romance" (1993), Ludwig von Beethoven in "Immortal Beloved" (1994) and a terrorist leader in "Air Force One" (1997). In the new millennium, he was conservative senator who vigorously challenged the appointment of the first woman to the vice presidency in "The Contender" (2000) and was virtually unrecognizable as the mangled Mason Verger in "Hannibal" (2001). While sometimes associated with small films, Oldman excelled in blockbusters, playing the mysterious Sirius...

From the start of his career, actor Gary Oldman displayed an edgy intensity that brought verve to his portrayals of ambiguous and obsessive personalities. Equally at home as either heroes or villains, Oldman gained a well-earned reputation as a brilliant chameleon who first staked his claim playing wayward Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious in "Sid and Nancy" (1986). Following acclaimed turns as playwright Joe Orton in "Prick Up Your Ears" (1987) and a slick attorney in "Criminal Law" (1989), the actor was eerily indistinguishable as Lee Harvey Oswald in Oliver Stone's conspiracy-driven "JFK" (1991). Oldman added to his vast array of characters by playing the famous Count in "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992), a dreadlocked drug dealer in "True Romance" (1993), Ludwig von Beethoven in "Immortal Beloved" (1994) and a terrorist leader in "Air Force One" (1997). In the new millennium, he was conservative senator who vigorously challenged the appointment of the first woman to the vice presidency in "The Contender" (2000) and was virtually unrecognizable as the mangled Mason Verger in "Hannibal" (2001). While sometimes associated with small films, Oldman excelled in blockbusters, playing the mysterious Sirius Black in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004) and several sequels, and Lieutenant Gordon in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" (2005) and "The Dark Knight" (2008). Though virtually unrecognized by awards until 2010's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," Oldman nonetheless remained an actor held in high esteem among critics, audiences and fellow actors, thanks to scores of acclaimed roles under his belt.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Nil By Mouth (1997) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Child 44 (2014)
3.
 RoboCop (2014)
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 Flying Horse (2014)
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 Paranoia (2013)
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 Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
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 Red Riding Hood (2011)
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Milestones close milestones

1974:
Left school at age 16 and worked as a clerk in a sporting goods store
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Acted in productions at the Theatre Royal in York, England
1980:
Joined Citizen's Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland; also toured Europe and South America with company
1981:
Film acting debut, Colin Gregg's "Remembrance"
1983:
Had a brief part as a skinhead in Mike Leigh's "Meantime" (BBC)
1985:
Came to prominence under the guidance of Max Stafford-Clark (artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre); made London stage debut in Edward Bond's "The Pope's Wedding"
1986:
First starring role in a feature, playing Sex Pistols member Sid Vicious in Alex Cox's "Sid and Nancy"
1987:
Offered a fine turn as playwright Joe Orton in the biopic "Prick Up Your Ears"
1988:
Re-teamed with director Colin Gregg on "We Think the World of You"; played a young married man who was the object of a crush of an older gay man (Alan Bates)
1989:
U.S. film debut portraying a slick attorney matching wits with a psychopath (Kevin Bacon) in "Criminal Law"
1990:
Portrayed a Southern man erroneously incarcerated in a mental institution in "Chattahoochee"
1991:
With Tim Roth, played the title characters in the film version of Tom Stoppard's play "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead"
1991:
Offered an eerie portrayal of the alleged presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the Oliver Stone drama "JFK"
1992:
First U.S. TV appearance in the A&E rebroadcast of the British TV-movie "Heading Home"
1992:
Gave a memorable interpretation of the titular bloodsucker in Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula"
1993:
Delivered a mesmerizing turn as a dreadlocked drug dealer in Tony Scott's "True Romance," scripted by Quentin Tarantino
1994:
Cast as a crooked cop in "Romeo Is Bleeding"
1994:
Portrayed a murderous DEA agent in "Léon/The Professional"; first collaboration with director Luc Besson
1994:
Cast as Ludwig von Beethoven in the biopic "Immortal Beloved"
1995:
Re-teamed with Kevin Bacon for "Murder in the First"; played the sadistic prison warden opposite Bacon's portrayal of an Alcatraz inmate
1996:
Cast as art representative Albert Milo in "Basquiat"
1997:
Offered a scenery-chewing romp as the villain in Besson's "The Fifth Element"
1997:
Continued in the evil vein as the leader of a terrorist band that hijacks the presidential plane in "Air Force One"
1997:
Feature directorial debut, "Nil by Mouth"; also scripted and served as one of the producers along with Luc Besson
1998:
Played Dr. Smith in the screen version of "Lost in Space"
2000:
Made rare television appearance as Pontius Pilate in the CBS biblical miniseries "Jesus"
2000:
Cast as a conservative U.S. Senator challenging the appointment of a woman to the office of Vice President in "The Contender"; also executive produced
2001:
Starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in "Hannibal" as Mason Verger, the only surviving victim of Hannibal Lecter
2001:
Received an Emmy nomination for two guest appearances on NBC's "Friends" appearing as Richard Crosby, a pedantic actor who insists that "real" actors spit on one another when they enunciate
2004:
Landed a major role in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" as Potter's godfather Sirius Black
2005:
Cast as Lieutenant Gordon, a detective on the Gotham police force in Christopher Nolan's commercially and critically acclaimed "Batman Begins"
2005:
Reprised role of Sirius Black in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," adapted from the fourth book in the series
2007:
Once again cast as Sirius Black in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," adapted from the fifth book in the series
2008:
Returned to the screen as Lieutenant Gordon in the second installment of the revived Batman series "The Dark Knight," directed by Nolan
2009:
Voiced several characters, including Bob Cratchit, in Robert Zemeckis' animated adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"
2009:
Lent his voice to the animated sci-fi film "Planet 51"
2010:
Played a corrupted mayor alongside Denzel Washington in "The Book of Eli," a post-apocalyptic drama directed by the Hughes brothers
2011:
Reprised role of Sirius Black for the seventh and final installment of the series directed by David Yates, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
2011:
Voiced Lord Shen in the animated feature "Kung Fu Panda 2"
2011:
Co-starred with Colin Firth and Tom Hardy in the thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
2012:
Reprised Jim Gordon role in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises"
2012:
Appeared opposite Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy in Prohibition-era Western "Lawless"
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Education

Greenwich Young People's Theatre: -
Rose Bruford College: - 1979

Notes

"When I cry in a movie, they're my tears ... If you're stirring up emotions inside of you all day, it affects your mood. You come home and it's not easy to have a beer, put your feet up and watch TV. It can wear you out. It's a nightmare on relationships." --Gary Oldman quoted in US, October 1993

"Gary Oldman is the best actor in the world. There are a lot of excellent actors, but very cerebral. They need six months to get the sense of the thing. If the guy has to be a garbage collector, he [the actor] has to be a garbage collector for half a year and all that bullshit. With Gary, if you say you've got to play a garbage collector he'll ask what time we start shooting tomorrow and can he play it. Right away. No other actor in the world can do that ... " --Director Luc Besson to Empire, July 1997.

"There's this perception of me, this thing the tabloids have got a hold of. This wild man. There is not one paparazzi picture of me coming out of a nightclub, not one picture of me punching someone while drunk. I got nicked once for drunken driving, but I've never done drugs and yet the reputation ... " --Gary Oldman to Empire, November 1997.

" ... basically, directing is like bending backwards, trying to stick your head in your own behind," --Gary Oldman to Time Out New York, February 5-12, 1998.

"I've been bored with acting for years. I did 10 years of theater [most notably at London's Royal Court]. I loved rehearsing, first night, maybe the first week. Then I wanted to move on. What's the big deal in being annointed the Hamlet of your generation, of waiting for [theater critics] to come along and say, 'OK, he can hang in the hall of fame.'?

"All I've done with films is take myself out of the game. I'm not chasing an Oscar anymore. I've turned down movies in which people have become stars or won Oscars. Because at the time I'd just finished another movie. Or I didn't want 20 weeks filming in Poland in the winter." --Oldman quoted in Los Angeles Times, February 3, 1998.

"I was quiet, a loner. I was one of those children where, if you put me in a room and gave me some crayons and a pencils, you wouldn't hear from me for nine straight hours. And I was always drawing racing cars and rockets and spaceships and planes, things that were very fast that would take me away." --Oldman reminiscing about his childhood, quoted in the "FanFare" section of Newsday, March 29, 1998.

"Geting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing." --Oldman to Cindy Pearlman of the Chicago Sun-Times, April 5, 1998.

"That's all rubbish they put out over the Internet and stuff ..., I said a few things and Mr. Showbiz (a gossipy Web site) got on the Internet and put it all out of context. I've moved on -- new canvas."---Oldman on rumored comments against director Rod Lurie Toronto Sun February 9, 2001

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Lesley Manville. Actor. Divorced; mother of Oldman's son Alfie.
wife:
Uma Thurman. Actor. Married in October 1990; divorced in 1992.
companion:
Isabella Rossellini. Actor. Reportedly became engaged to be married in July 1994; separated in 1996.
wife:
Donya Fiorentino. Photographer. Born c. 1966; married on February 16, 1997; formerly married to director David Fincher with whom she has a daughter; she filed for divorce on April 13, 2001.
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Family close complete family listing

mother:
Kathleen Oldman.
sister:
Laila Morse. Actor, former truck driver. Born c. 1947; co-starred in Oldman's directorial debut "Nil by Mouth"; uses stage name which Oldman came up with as an anagram of "mia sorella", Italian for "my sister".
son:
Alfred Oldman. Born in 1988; mother, Lesley Manville.
step-daughter:
Phelix Imogen Fincher. Born in April 1994; mother, Donya Fiorentino; father, David Fincher.
son:
Gulliver Flynn Oldman. Born in August 1997 in L.A.; mother, Donya Fiorentino.
son:
Charlie John Oldman. Born c. 1999; mother, Donya Fiorentino.
father:
Leonard Oldman. Left family when Gary was only 7.
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