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Gary Oldman

Actor

Born: 21 March 1958
Birthplace: London, England
Best known as:

Sirius Black in the Harry Potter movies

Name at birth: Leonard Gary Oldman

 

Gary Oldman wowed audiences playing punk rocker Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986) and playwright Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears (1987), then matured into a respectable character actor and leading man who was nominated for a best actor Oscar for 2011's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Considered by many to be one of the best actors of his generation, Oldman has played a wide variety of roles over the years, reliably playing hellraisers and villains with exuberance. He is best known for such films as JFK (1991, as Lee Harvey Oswald), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992, as Dracula), Air Force One (1997, with Harrison Ford), The Fifth Element (1997, with Bruce Willis) and Hannibal (2001, with Anthony Hopkins). Since 2004 he has played Sirius Black in the film versions of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004, starring Daniel Radcliffe), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005, with Emma Watson), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007, with Rupert Grint), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). His other films include Criminal Law (1988, with Kevin Bacon), True Romance (1993, with Christian Slater) and Immortal Beloved (1994, as Beethoven). Younger audiences know him as Gotham City's best cop, Jim Gordon, in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight (2005 and 2008, starring Christian Bale).

Extra credit:

Gary Oldman was married to actress Uma Thurman from 1990-92. He also was married to actress Lesley Manville (1998-90) and to model and photographer Donya Fiorentino from 1997-2001... He produced, wrote and directed the autobiographical film Nil By Mouth (1997).

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