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.
It really doesn't matter that this movie is utterly ridiculous, because the central pairing of Ryan Reynolds with Samuel L. Jackson is so entertaining that we never want it to end. Director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) keeps the action so insanely energetic that we're not quite sure where to look. But at the centre of the mayhem Reynolds and Jackson are having so much fun that we can't wipe the smiles off our faces.
Reynolds plays London-based security expert Michael, whose high-flying career was derailed two years ago and stubbornly refuses to get back on track. Then his Interpol agent ex-girlfriend Amelia (Elodie Yung) offers him a job escorting the ruthless assassin Darius (Jackson) from his British prison cell to The Hague, where he's needed to testify against murderous Belarusian warlord Dukhovich (Gary Oldman) in a war crimes trial. So far, Dukhovich's militia has made sure no witnesses have made it to the courtroom, so Michael has his work cut out for him. Meanwhile, Darius is trying to get in touch with his wife Sonia (Salma Hayek), who is in prison in Amsterdam and lovingly calls him an unkillable cockroach.
All of this unfolds at a breakneck pace, with a flurry of hyper-violent shootouts, chases and fistfights. Cars fly in every direction as passers-by run for cover, bullets fly in every direction, and pretty much everything on-screen explodes into a huge ball of flames. It's so cartoonish that it's impossible to take even remotely seriously. So we just laugh along with Ryan and Jackson, as they bicker and fight, then bond over flashbacks into their amusingly messy love lives. Both are swaggering alpha-males who don't take instructions from anyone, so their interaction is feisty and funny. The supporting cast of glowering villains and secretive agents barely gets a chance to register, although Hayek nearly walks off with the movie in a riotously scene-stealing turn that leaves us wanting her to get a film of her own.
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Given the legend that surrounds him, you might be surprised to know that Winston Churchill was by no means the government's first choice of Prime Minister during World War II. Still, he had many qualities that would make him perfect to lead the country at its most desperate hour of need; he lacked vanity, he was charismatic in many ways, and had a determination and forcefulness that few could hope to match. He was simply the country's last hope. But within days of being in office, he was faced with the biggest challenge of his career: the battle of Dunkirk.
Churchill knew what he was getting into from the start, with the War having already been waging for at least eight months. But with so many British and Allied soldiers stranded on the French beaches in 1940, surrounded by enemy planes at every turn, the probability of their evacuation seemed miniscule, the probability of German invasion extremely likely. While the people around him urged him to begin negotiating peace talks with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, Churchill knew that the only way they were going to survive was if they stood and fought to the end. Surrender was not an option.
With the might of his colleagues and the brave military behind him, not to mention his loving and devoted wife Clementine Hozier, Churchill led his country to one of its greatest victories.
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An AAA-rated executive protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is charged with protecting the most wanted hitman (Samuel L. Jackson) in the world. That might seem like a crazy concept - I mean, why would an assassin need a bodyguard? - but as it turns out, he's quite the liability. He's impulsive, volatile and damn rude, and very likely to get them both killed. Unfortunately, there's nothing this protection agent can do about his new client; he has to work with him and they must put aside their differences if they want to defeat a ruthless Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman) and testify at the International Court of Justice. It's a 24 hour rollercoaster ride for these completely contrasting personalities, complete with death defying car chases and reckless escape stunts.
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While the premise of this movie makes it look like a sci-fi adventure, the truth is that it's actually a young adult romance, like The Fault in Our Stars with E.T. overtones. The film may be watchable, but the script simply never bothers to develop anything. The science is wobbly, the romance is paper-thin, the sentimentality is off the charts, and the cheesy dialogue would completely defeat a less experienced cast.
It opens with an extended prologue about the first manned mission to Mars and how, after the team arrives, Elliot (Asa Butterfield) was born to an astronaut who died in childbirth. Earth-based mission director Nathaniel (Gary Oldman) decides to keep his existence a secret, so he's raised by motherly science officer Kendra (Carla Gugino) and his robot best pal (voiced by director Peter Chelsom). When he turns 16, Nathaniel decides it's time for Elliot to visit Earth, not knowing that he has developed an online relationship with the tearaway teen Tulsa (Britt Robertson) in Colorado. So when he lands on Earth, Elliot escapes and teams up with Tulsa to search for his father. But Nathaniel and Kendra know that Elliot can't survive for long in Earth's gravity.
There's nothing about this film that's terribly convincing. Events are inexplicable, plot points are under-explained and the filmmakers oddly make no attempt to create a sense of advanced technology or style in 2034. The clothing and cars are distinctly 2016 vintage, and only the impractical clear-glass computer screens add an improbably futuristic tinge. Of course, the 12-year-olds this film was made for won't care about the details; they'll be caught up in the swoony romantic fantasy. Butterfield is a solid actor who can make even a character this thinly defined believable and likeable. His heavy-gravity physicality is nicely understated. And he sparks some chemistry with the high-energy Robertson. Meanwhile, Oldman and Gugino add a hint of gravitas in their thankless roles.
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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.
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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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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Bram Stoker's Dracula, Dracula, Winona Ryder, Elisabetta and Gary Oldman - Bram Stoker's Dracula - Winona Ryder as Elisabetta and Gary Oldman as Dracula Wednesday 17th October 2012 Hollywood Costume - press view held at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Date of birth
21st March, 1958
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