Gary Oldman (21.3.1958) Gary Oldman is an English actor as well as a film director and producer.
Childhood: Gary Oldman was born to Kathleen and Len Oldman in London. His mother was a housewife, born in Ireland and his father was an ex-sailor, turned welder.
As a child, Oldman showed talent as a pianist and a singer. However, he decided to pursue acting instead of music, citing Malcolm McDowell in The Raging Moon as his primary influence for doing so.
Acting Career: In 1979, Gary Oldman graduated from drama school. He spent the next eight years working in the theatre and landed roles in some minor films, including 1982's Remembrance and 1984's Morgan's Boy.
In 1986, Oldman got his breakthrough role when he was cast to play Sid Vicious (of The Sex Pistols) in the film Sid and Nancy, directed by Alex Cox. John Lydon (the Sex Pistol's singer) commented that Oldman was "a bloody good actor."
The following year was a busy one for Oldman. He took on another biopic role when he played the playwright Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears. In 1988, Oldman played a football hooligan in The Firm and then starred alongside Christopher Lloyd in Track 29. Later that year, he worked with Kevin Bacon in the film Criminal Law. This was followed with his appearance in We Think The World Of You, with Frances McDormand and Dennis Hopper in 1989.
1991 was another breakthrough year for Gary Oldman, as he played the role of John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald in the Oliver Stone directed JFK.
In 1992, Oldman played Count Dracula in Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula. The film, which also starred Tom Cruise and Winona Ryder, was a huge box office hit.
His appearance in Bram Stoker's Dracula proved to be a catalyst for his career and found him playing a string of 'bad guy' characters. In True Romance, he played a violent pimp, opposite Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. In Léon he played a corrupt DEA officer, opposite Natalie Portman and Jean Reno. In Murder in the First he played a cruel prison officer and in The Fifth Element, he played an oppressive capitalist.
In 2000, Oldman landed a role in The Contender, which also starred Jeff Bridges.
The next year, Oldman starred in Hannibal, the sequel to Silence of the Lambs. In the film, he plays Mason Verger, Hannibal Lecter's only surviving victim. Julianne Moore and Anthony Hopkins also starred in the film.
When Gary Oldman appeared in two episodes of Friends, the popular American sitcom, he was awarded an Emmy for his performance.
Gary Oldman played the role of Sirius Black in the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. Daniel Radcliffe - who plays Harry Potter - and Gary Oldman became close friends during the filming of the series, which also starred Robbie Coltrane and Alan Rickman.
When Christopher Nolan directed two Batman films, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Gary Oldman was chosen to play Commissioner James Gordon opposite Christian Bale, who played the lead role.
In 2009, Oldman starred in Unborn, a supernatural thriller directed by David Goyer.
Directing: Gary Oldman made his directorial debut in 1997 with the film Nil By Mouth. Based partly on his own childhood story, the film starred Ray Winstone and Kathy Burke and won the BAFTA for Best British Film.
Gary Oldman: Personal Life
Oldman moved to the USA in the 1990s and now lives in Los Angeles.
In 1991, Gary Oldman was arrested for drink driving. He was with the actor Keifer Sutherland at the time.
Gary Oldman has had four marriages. His first wife was Lesley Manville, his second was the actress Uma Thurman and his third was Donya Fiorentino. Since 2008 he has been married to Alexandra Edenborough.
Gary Oldman's sister, Laila Morse is an actress and plays Mo Harris in Eastenders.
Gardner Elliot isn't like average 16 year old boys, he's lived on a small colony completely cut off from human contact and with little knowledge as to where he's come from. Before he was born, Gardener's mother was one of a select crew chosen to go live on the planet mars.
The mission to mars takes off and the astronauts begin their long journey to the planet only to discover that Gardener's mother is pregnant with the little boy. As the astronauts reach their destination, Gardener is born but his mother dies due to birthing complications. Living in the confines of a space the scientists do their best to bring up Gardener but as he gets older, the teenage starts to ask questions about his past and his father.
Looking for clues as to who his father might be, Gardener begins an internet search which leads him to make friends with Tulsa, a girl of similar age. After returning to earth the pair start a mission to find out who Gardener really is but neither realise just how much danger earth's atmosphere is causing the boy.
Almost criminally entertaining, this preposterous thriller mixes buckets of humour and emotion into the violent, twisty action. And Kevin Costner gets his best role in years, a remarkably complex character who's unpredictable and thoroughly engaging. So even as the story grows increasingly ridiculous, the film remains both gripping and a lot of fun.
It's set in London, where hot CIA operative Bill (Ryan Reynolds) is on the trail of an evil anarchist (Jordi Molla) when he's captured, tortured and killed. To stop an imminent attack, the CIA chief Wells (Gary Oldman) needs to know what Bill was working on. So he calls in scientist Franks (Tommy Lee Jones), who has been experimenting with transferring memories from brain to brain in animals. For his first human trial, he copies Bill's dying memories into the only suitable brain available on such short notice: psycho killer Jericho (Kevin Costner), who's serving a death sentence in prison. And now Jericho is desperate to sort out the chaos in his head.
Director Ariel Vromen (The Iceman) keeps everything moving so briskly that there isn't time to stop and think about how silly the premise is. All of these characters act on their basest impulses, never thinking through anything before they charge into the next situation. Viewers who try to make sense of the plot, or of London's geography, will find their brains aching like Jericho's. So it's better to just hang on and enjoy the ride. The film's edgy, urgent tone adds the illusion of depth amid the mindlessly brutal violence, while the formidable cast adds weight to a variety of rather thinly drawn characters, from Oldman's bluster to Jones' wry wit. Only Costner gets some real depth to play with, and Jericho is constantly surprising, mixing a killer instinct with brainy invention and some properly dark emotions. His scenes with Gal Gadot (as Bill's wife) are unnervingly tense and moving.
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Forget Leonardo DiCaprio, there's a lot more unawarded talent out there.
That familiar anti-climactic feeling has hit following the 88th Academy Award winner announcements. That's the last we'll hear about last year's blockbusters and now we can look forward to another year of iconic filmmaking. Leonardo DiCaprio has finally landed his long overdue Oscar, but there's still a myriad of actors out there who are still patiently waiting.
Winning an Academy Award for Best Actor or Actress is one of the highest (if not THE highest) honours a filmstar can attain in their career, save for winning several. Even receiving a nomination makes you forevermore an Oscar-nominated actor. But how many stars out there are yet to receive this prestigious honour, despite their remarkable filmographies? The answer is too many to count, but here's our top 12:
John Hurt was remarkable in 'The Elephant Man'
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Annie Lennox, Gary Oldman and Lorde all paid tribute to the late icon in a special segment at the end of Wednesday night's Brit Awards.
The 2016 Brit Awards, held at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday night, saw the late pop legend honoured with a Brits Icon Award presented by Oldman, followed by a performance of ‘Life On Mars?’ which saw Lorde supported by Bowie’s backing band. Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox presented the award near the end of the evening, which Bowie’s friend Oldman accepted on his behalf.
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Bill Pope is a CIA operative who's been recruited to carryout a very special mission. Pope must hide a hugely valuable asset and protect him from the people who are hunting him. Pope manages to hide the asset but is killed in the aftermath. With none of his collegues knowning where the asset is stored they must find a solution to their problem.
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Scotland were facing Samoa in the Rugby World Cup.
Jk Rowling has been known to enjoy letting Harry Potter fans in on some new information about their favourite characters, but on Saturday the author used a little bribery to drum up support for Scotland in the Rugby World Cup from her loyal followers.
JK Rowling has revealed the birthday of Sirius Black.
As Scotland were gearing up to face Samoa, Rowling asked fans on twitter to show their support, promising to then reveal the birthday of Sirius Black if enough people tweeted the hashtag AsOne.
Gary Oldman is now a single man after his divorce from Alexandra Edenborough has been finalised.
Gary Oldman and Alexandra Edenborough’s divorce has been finalised. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge signed off on the divorce on Tuesday (29th September). The couple were married for six years.
Alexandra Edenborough and Gary Oldman at the Palm Springs Film Festival in January 2014.
Gary Oldman opens up about the movie that Russia has banned.
Gary Oldman stars alongside Tom Hardy in the Soviet thriller 'Child 44'; a film that was recently banned by Russia for its depictions of events during the era of Stalin. Oldman plays an army general, who he dubs a 'hero' in the piece.
Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy star in 'Child 44'
It's no wonder Daniel Espinosa's latest movie has caused a stir overseas. Based on the true story of serial killer Andrei Chikatilo (also known as the Butcher of Rostov), it reveals how the Soviet government refused to acknowledge a series of horrific crimes being so determined maintain the facade of a crime-fee communist state. A disgraced military police officer named Leo Demidov (portrayed by the man of many voices Tom Hardy with another incredible accent) takes it upon himself to investigate, only to be met with denial and threats at every turn. Joining him in his case is Gary Oldman's character, the formidable and initially sceptical General Mikhail Nesterov.
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For some film-makers, hearing that your movie has been banned in certain countries can be seen as a seal of approval. However, when the country in question has as huge film market, as Russia does, it can be a different story.
As 'Child 44' opens in cinemas this weekend, novelist Tom Rob Smith is praising Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace as the perfect actors to bring his characters to life on the big screen. But since the story is set in the Soviet Union, Russia's officials have had a very different reaction to the movie.
Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy in 'Child 44'
Indeed, Russia's culture ministry has banned the movie across the country, saying that it "distorts" historical facts. The story is a fictionalised version of the true case of a serial killer who was executed in 1994 for killing 52 children and women. The film, by contrast, is set at the beginning of the Cold War in 1953.
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A meaty, fascinating story is splintered into three plot strands that battle for the viewer's attention, so while the film is never boring, it's also oddly uninvolving. Fortunately, it has an excellent cast and is shot with skill and a relentless intensity to feel like a big, epic-style dramatic thriller with heavy political overtones.
After a scene-setting prologue, the story starts in 1953 Moscow, where Leo (Tom Hardy) is a war hero now working in the military police, purging the city of its spies. Or at least its suspected spies. In the Soviet socialist utopia, crime officially doesn't exist, but Leo finds it difficult to tell his best pal Alexei (Fares Fares) that his 8-year-old son was killed in a train accident when he was so clearly tortured and murdered. Ordered by his boss (Vincent Cassel) to let it go, and menaced by his rival colleague Vasili (Joel Kinnaman), Leo continues investigating, resulting in a reprimand that sees Leo and his wife Raisa (Noomi Rapace) relocated to the the grim industrial city of Volsk. But when another young boy's body appears here, Leo gets his new boss (Gary Oldman) to see the connection.
There are at least three main plots in this film, and the filmmakers oddly never allow one to become the central strand. There's the mystery involving this brutal, unhinged serial killer (Paddy Considine) stalking boys along the railway. There's the thriller about Leo being brutally taunted by Vasili, who has a thing for Raisa and is trying to crush them for good. But the only emotionally engaging strand is Leo and Raisa's complex marriage relationship, which takes a couple of unexpected turns. Along the way, there are several action sequences shot with shaky cameras and edited so they're impossible to follow. And there's a sense that the film also wants to be a grandiose Russian epic with its expansive cinematography and big orchestral score.
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Date of birth
21st March, 1958
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