Gary Leonard Oldman born 21 March 1958 is an English actor, writer, director, producer, voice-over artist and occasional musician who is well known for his roles as Sid Vicious in 1986 biopic Sid & Nancy and The Count in the 1992 blockbuster adaptation of Dracula. He has garnered critical acclaim for his diverse performances and portrayals of real-life historical figures and is noted for his avoidance of the Hollywood celebrity scene, often being referred to as an “actor’s actor”.
After coming to prominence for his award-winning portrayal of ill-fated rocker Sid Vicious in 1986 biopic Sid & Nancy, which was featured in Premiere Magazine‘s “100 Greatest Performances of All Time”, Oldman found further recognition during the late 1980s and early 1990s via starring roles in films such as Prick Up Your Ears, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and State of Grace.
During this time he earned considerable critical respect, with Janet Maslin referring to his work as “phenomenal” and Roger Ebert calling him “the best young British actor around.” Oldman subsequently starred in one of his best-known roles as Lee Harvey Oswald in 1991’s JFK. Since leading Dracula the following year, he has starred in such popular motion pictures as: True Romance, Immortal Beloved, LÃ©on: The Professional, Murder in the First, The Fifth Element, The Contender and Hannibal.
In recent years Oldman has become well known to younger audiences as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter film series and James Gordon in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. In 1997, Oldman directed, produced, and wrote the award-winning Nil by Mouth, a movie partially based on his own childhood.
Oldman has received various awards and honours throughout his career but has at various times expressed his lack of regard for the Oscar and the presenting Academy. Several of his roles – particularly Sheldon Runyon in The Contender – have brought forth predictions of an Oscar nomination, but to date he has yet to be nominated for such an award despite a critically acclaimed film career spanning three decades.
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