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Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Fifth Element, Batman Begins
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Leonard Gary Oldman (born 21 March 1958) is an English actor, writer, director, producer, voice-over artist and occasional musician who has garnered critical acclaim for his diverse performances and portrayals of real-life historical figures. He is noted for his avoidance of the Hollywood celebrity scene, often being referred to as an "actor`s actor".
Oldman began his acting career in 1982 and came to prominence for his portrayal of ill-fated rocker Sid Vicious in 1986`s Sid & Nancy, which was featured in Premiere Magazine`s "100 Greatest Performances of All Time".
He continued to land starring roles in cult successes during the late 1980s and early 1990s such as Prick Up Your Ears, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and State of Grace, but found greater recognition when he landed central roles in two consecutive Hollywood blockbusters in the early 1990s: Lee Harvey Oswald in 1991`s JFK and the title character of 1992`s Dracula. He has since starred in a number of popular motion pictures, including: True Romance, Immortal Beloved, Lï¿½on: The Professional, Murder in the First, The Fifth Element, The Contender, the Harry Potter film series 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 honors throughout his career but has at various times expressed his lack of regard for the Oscar and the presenting Academy. Perhaps as a result, he has never been nominated for such an award despite a critically acclaimed career spanning three decades.
Oldman was born in London, England, the son of Kathleen, an Irish-born housewife, and Len Oldman, a former sailor who worked as a welder.
Oldman has said that his father was an abusive alcoholic who left his family when Oldman was seven.
Oldman was an accomplished singer and pianist as a child, but gave up music to pursue an acting career.
His inspiration was Malcolm McDowell`s performance in 1970 movie The Raging Moon.
In a 1995 interview with Charlie Rose, Oldman said: "Something about Malcolm [McDowell] just arrested me, and I connected, and I said `I wanna do that`."
Oldman retained his love for music, however, and can be seen singing and playing piano in the 1988 movie Track 29, and tracing over pre-recorded versions of Beethoven`s music in Immortal Beloved.
Oldman won a scholarship to the Rose Bruford College, where he received a BA in Drama in 1979. He had initially applied for enrollment into Britain`s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, but was refused entry. Oldman told Charlie Rose in 1995 that he was told to "find something else to do for a living". Rose, surprised, asked jokingly, "Have you reminded them of this?", to which Oldman replied that "the work speaks for itself." Following his graduation from Rose Bruford College, he later studied with the Greenwich Young People`s Theatre and went on to appear in a number of stage plays including The Pope`s Wedding, for which he received Time Out`s Fringe Award for Best Newcomer of 1985'“1986 and the British Theatre Association`s Drama Magazine Award as Best Actor of 1985.
Oldman appeared on Reeves Gabrels` album The Sacred Squall of Now, performing a duet with David Bowie on the track "You`ve Been Around".
Sid & Nancy and foray into American cinema
Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy.After graduating from drama school in 1979, Oldman spent almost eight years in theater, winning various awards. During this time he appeared in several minor television films such as Remembrance (1982) and Morgan`s Boy (1984). In 1986 he won his first starring role as the Sex Pistols` ill-fated bassist Sid Vicious in the 1986 motion picture Sid & Nancy. The role launched Oldman`s career and paved the way for work in Hollywood. Oldman`s performance was highly regarded by many, perhaps most notably ex-Sex Pistols vocalist John Lydon, who despite questioning the authenticity of some parts of the film, said of Oldman in his biography: "The chap who played Sid, Gary Oldman, I thought was quite good", and later called him a "bloody good actor". Oldman reportedly lost considerable weight for the role and was briefly hospitalised.
His portrayal was ranked #62 on Premiere Magazine`s "100 Greatest Performances of All Time." Oldman starred in another real-life portrayal the following year, portraying playwright Joe Orton in the 1987 film Prick Up Your Ears. He played a violent football hooligan in The Firm (1988), and starred opposite Christopher Lloyd in Track 29 the same year. Oldman`s first foray into American cinema came later in 1988, when he played a troubled young Boston lawyer opposite real-life friend Kevin Bacon in Criminal Law. It marked the first time Oldman had performed on screen successfully using an American accent. In late 198
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BA Theatre Arts, Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama, London, England, United Kingdom (1979)
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Leonard Gary Oldman
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Gary Leonard Oldman (born 21 March 1958) is an English actor, filmmaker, and musician. He began acting in theatre in 1979, and gained his first starring film role in Meantime (1983). Oldman continued to lead a stage career, in which he performed at the Royal Court Theatre and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company until the late 1980s. He rose to prominence in British film with his portrayals of Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986) and playwright Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears (1987), as well as those of a football firm leader in The Firm (1989) and the titular Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990).
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Leonard Bertram Oldman (Saturday May 21,1921 – October, 1985) (Aged 64) (A Former Sailor Who Also Worked As A Welder.)
Kathleen (née Cheriton) (Friday November 28,1919-Present) (Housewife.)
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