July 1, 2022

Gary Oldman Biography, Age, Dracula, Movies, Oscar, and Interview

Gary Oldman Biography

Gary Oldman born Gary Leonard Oldman is an English actor and filmmaker who has performed in theatre, film, and television. Known for his versatility and expressive acting style, Oldman is regarded as one of the greatest actors of his generation.

Gary Oldman Age

Oldman was born on 21 March 1958, New Cross, London, England. He is 61 years as of 2019.

Gary Oldman Images

Gary Oldman Images

Gary Oldman Height

He stands at a height of 1.74 m.

Gary Oldman Spouse(s)

Lesley Manville (m. 1987; div. 1990)
Uma Thurman (m. 1990; div. 1992)
Donya Fiorentino (m. 1997; div. 2001)
Alexandra Edenborough (m. 2008; div. 2015)
Gisele Schmidt (m. 2017)

Oldman has been married five times. He wed English actress Lesley Manville in 1987, and their son, Alfie, was born the following year. Oldman left Manville in 1989, three months after their son was born. She noted in 2018 that the pair are on good terms, saying, “He’s got a new wife, and we all get on… Gary and I are friends.” They have two grandchildren, Matilda and Ozzy Oldman, through Alfie.

Oldman met American actress Uma Thurman on the set of State of Grace; they were married in 1990, but divorced two years later. From 1997 to 2001, he was married to Donya Fiorentino, with whom he had two sons: Gulliver (born 1997) and Charlie (born 1999).

On 31 December 2008, Oldman married English singer and actress Alexandra Edenborough in Santa Barbara, California. Edenborough filed for divorce on 9 January 2015. In September 2017, Oldman married writer and art curator Gisele Schmidt in a low-key ceremony at the home of his manager, Douglas Urbanski.

Gary Oldman Young

Oldman was born in New Cross, London, the son of Leonard Bertram Oldman (1921–1985), a former sailor who also worked as a welder, and Kathleen (née Cheriton; 1919–2018). He has stated that Leonard was an alcoholic who left the family when Oldman was seven years old. Oldman attended West Greenwich School in Deptford, leaving school at the age of 16 to work in a sports shop. He was a pianist as a child, and later a singer, but gave up his musical aspirations to pursue an acting career after seeing Malcolm McDowell’s performance in the 1971 film The Raging Moon. In a 1995 interview with Charlie Rose, Oldman said: “Something about Malcolm just arrested me, and I connected, and I said, ‘I wanna do that’.”

Growing up in south London, Oldman supported his local football club Millwall, and also followed Manchester United so that he could watch his idol, George Best. In 2011, Oldman would learn from his mother that his father represented Millwall after World War II, with Oldman stating: “Just after the war, she ran a boarding house, for football players, Millwall players. And I knew that my dad was involved somehow with the reserve team. But two weeks ago my mum said, ‘Oh yeah, your dad played for Millwall. When he was young he had a couple of first team games’.”

Gary Oldman Sister

Oldman’s sister Maureen (known professionally as Laila Morse) is an actress. She had a role in his directorial debut, Nil by Mouth (1997), before going on to play Mo Harris in the long-running BBC series EastEnders.

Gary Oldman Career

He attended the Rose Bruford Training College for Speech and Drama (now the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance) on scholarship, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in theatre in 1979. After starring in repertory productions in York and Colchester, he was accepted as a member of the Glasgow Citizens Theatre, appearing in such productions as Massacre at Paris (1980) and Chinchilla (1980). Oldman returned to London, where he continued to pursue theatre work. Meanwhile, he made his film debut in Remembrance (1982). He then embarked upon a series of performances at the Royal Court Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Theatre; his 1985 performance as Scopey in Edward Bond’s The Pope’s Wedding at the former venue won particular acclaim.

In 1986 Oldman turned in a star-making performance as drug-ravaged Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious in the film Sid and Nancy. He later played doomed playwright Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears (1987) and Rosencrantz in the film adaptation of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990). His work in several American films led to roles as assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK (1991) and as the title character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). Oldman’s cameo as a patois-spouting, dreadlocked drug dealer in the Tony Scott bloodbath True Romance (1993) helped solidify his American following. He won further praise for his restrained portrayal of Ludwig van Beethoven in Immortal Beloved (1994).

Oldman’s capacity for physical transformation and multifarious means of conveying menace led to a string of villainous roles. He prowled the screen as a slickly coiffed agent of evil in the Luc Besson-directed sci-fi extravaganza The Fifth Element (1997) and schemed against a liberal vice presidential nominee as a corrupt senator in The Contender (2000). In the Ridley Scott-helmed Silence of the Lambs sequel Hannibal (2001), he disappeared under layers of prostheses to play Hannibal Lecter’s former patient and nemesis, whom the cannibal induced into cutting off his own face after drugging him.

Though proficient at evoking the morally bankrupt, Oldman proved equally adept at summoning pathos. He assumed the mantle of the avuncular Sirius Black in several installments of the Harry Potter films, beginning with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), and played a police lieutenant allied to the titular caped crusader in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy (2005, 2008, 2012). His turn as the unassuming yet dangerous spy George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011) earned Oldman his first Academy Award nomination, for best actor. In 2012 he appeared as a gangster in Lawless, a Prohibition-era drama about bootlegging.

Oldman’s later credits included the thrillers Paranoia (2013) and Criminal (2016) as well as the action remakes RoboCop (2014) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). In 2017 he appeared in the action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard and then starred under heavy prosthetics as Winston Churchill in the drama Darkest Hour, set during the early years of World War II when the prime minister must rally Britain to carry on against encroaching German troops rather than pursue a peace treaty. For his performance in the latter film, Oldman won his first Academy Award. He then appeared as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the thriller Hunter Killer (2018).

Gary Oldman Hannibal

Mason Verger is a fictional character and a primary antagonist of Thomas Harris’ 1999 novel Hannibal, as well as its 2001 film adaptation and the second and third season of the TV series Hannibal. In the film, he is portrayed by Gary Oldman, In the 2001 film, Hannibal, Mason is portrayed by Gary Oldman.

Gary Oldman True Romance

True Romance is a 1993 American romantic crime film directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette with an ensemble cast including James Gandolfini, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, and Christopher Walken. He portrayed Drexl Spivey in the film.

Gary Oldman Batman

portrayed James Gordon in the film.

Gary Oldman 5th Element

Portrayed his role as Zorg

Gary Oldman Tiptoes

Tiptoes is a 2003 film directed by Matthew Bright and starring Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale, Patricia Arquette, and Gary Oldman. Gary portrays the role of  Rolfe Bedalia, Steven’s twin brother

Gary Oldman Sirius Black

Is known for his roles as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series

Gary Oldman Friends

Played actor Richard Crosby in two episodes of Friends. He appeared in the season 7 episodes “The One With Monica and Chandler’s Wedding: Part 1” and “The One With Monica and Chandler’s Wedding: Part 2.”

Gary Oldman Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour is a 2017 war drama film directed by Joe Wright and written by Anthony McCarten. Set in May 1940, it stars Gary as Winston Churchill

Gary Oldman Dracula

Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a 1992 American gothic horror film directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. It stars Oldman as Count Dracula

Gary Oldman Oscar

The 2018 Oscar winner for Best Actor is Oldman for his performance in DARKEST HOUR. This is his second Academy Award nomination and first Oscar win. He was previously nominated for TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (2011, Actor in a Leading Role).

Gary Oldman Dead

He is still alive

Gary Oldman Dark Knight| Gordon

Portrayed as James Gordon

Gary Oldman Music

Ruber (1998)

I Wanna Be Your Dog (1986)

My Way (1986)

Syd and Lou Lullaby (2004)

Just Ask (2004)

Gary Oldman Lawless

Lawless is a 2012 American crime drama film directed by John Hillcoat. He portrayed his role as  Floyd Banner.

Gary Oldman Game Of Thrones

He didn’t star in Game of Thrones but he is the look-alike of Aidan Gillen who is portrayed as little finger in the film.

Gary Oldman Robocop

RoboCop is a 2014 American cyberpunk action film directed by José Padilha and written by Joshua Zetumer, Nick Schenk, Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. It is a remake of the 1987 film of the same name also written by Neumeier and Miner. The film stars Joel Kinnaman as the title character, with Gary Oldman. He portrays Dr. Dennett Norton

Gary Oldman Quotes

Speaking very generally, I find that women are spiritually, emotionally, and often physically stronger than men.
My passion and energy get mistaken for anger.
How many movies do you see when you can say this director really knew what film he wanted to make? I can count them on the fingers of one hand.
’Nil By Mouth’ was a bit autobiographical, but as I always pointed out at the time, that’s not my dad.
Interesting things come your way but as you get older, your lifestyle changes. I don’t want to travel; I don’t want to be in a hotel room away from my family.

Gary Oldman Sid

He played the role of  Sid Vicious in the film Sid and Nancy.

Gary Oldman Movies

Year

Title

Role

2020

Dreamland

The Courier

2019

The Woman in the Window

Alistair Russell

The Laundromat

Jürgen Mossack

2018

Tau

Tau

Hunter Killer

Admiral Charles Donnegan

2017

The Space Between Us

Nathaniel Shepherd

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Vladislav Dukhovich

Darkest Hour

Winston Churchill

2016

Man Down

Captain Peyton

Criminal

Quaker Wells

2015

Child 44

Timur Nestorov

2014

RoboCop

Dr. Dennett Norton

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dreyfus

2013

Paranoia

Nicolas Wyatt

2012

The Dark Knight Rises

James Gordon

Lawless

Floyd Banner

2011

Red Riding Hood

Father Solomon

Kung Fu Panda 2

Lord Shen

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Sirius Black

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

George Smiley

Guns, Girls and Gambling

Elvis

2010

The Book of Eli

Carnegie

Countdown to Zero

Narrator

One Night in Turin

Narrator

2009

The Unborn

Rabbi Joseph Sendak

Rain Fall

William Holtzer

A Christmas Carol

Tiny Tim/Bob Cratchit/Jacob Marley

Planet 51

General Grawl

2008

The Dark Knight

James Gordon

2007

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Sirius Black

2006

The Backwoods

Paul

2005

Batman Begins

James Gordon

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Sirius Black

Dead Fish

Lynch

2004

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Sirius Black

Who’s Kyle?

Scouse

2003

Tiptoes

Rolfe

Sin

Charlie Strom

2002

Interstate 60

O. W. Grant

The Hire: Beat the Devil

The Devil

2001

Nobody’s Baby

Buford Hill

Hannibal

Mason Verger

2000

The Contender

Rep. Sheldon Runyon

1998

Lost in Space

Dr. Zachary Smith

Quest for Camelot

Sir Ruber

1997

The Fifth Element

Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg

Air Force One

Egor Korshunov

Nil by Mouth

N/A

1996

Basquiat

Albert Milo

1995

Murder in the First

Milton Glenn

The Scarlet Letter

Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale

1994

Léon: The Professional

Norman Stansfield

Immortal Beloved

Ludwig van Beethoven

1993

True Romance

Drexl Spivey

Romeo Is Bleeding

Jack Grimaldi

1992

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Count Dracula

1991

JFK

Lee Harvey Oswald

1990

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz

State of Grace

Jackie Flannery

Henry & June

Pop

1989

Criminal Law

Ben Chase

Chattahoochee

Emmett Foley

1988

Track 29

Martin

We Think the World of You

Johnny

1987

Prick Up Your Ears

Joe Orton

1986

Sid and Nancy

Sid Vicious

1982

Remembrance

Daniel

Gary Oldman Tv Shows

Year

Title

Role

1983

Meantime

Coxy

1984

Dramarama

Ben

Morgan’s Boy

Colin

1985

Summer Season

Gary

1986

Honest, Decent and True

Derek Bates

1989

The Firm

Clive “Bex” Bissell

Knots Landing

Don Ross

1991

Heading Home

Ian Tyson

1993

Fallen Angels

Pat Keiley

1999

Tracey Takes On…

Hairdresser

Jesus

Pontius Pilate

2001

Friends

Richard Crosby

2002

Greg the Bunny

Himself

Gary Oldman Nominations

He has been nominated on  Emmy Award and the Palme d’Or. In 2011, Empire readers voted him the recipient of the Empire Icon Award.

Gary Oldman Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of approximately $50 million

Gary Oldman Youtube

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Gary Oldman Twitter

Gary Oldman Interview

 

GARY OLDMAN: Jack, how are you?

JACK WHITE: I’m good. If it’s all the same to you, I’m going to be speaking as Winston Churchill for the rest of the interview.

OLDMAN: [laughs] Okay.

WHITE: [As Churchill] This is not the beginning of the interview, but it may be the end of the beginning.

OLDMAN: That’s fantastic. That isn’t in the film, but you’ve obviously done your research.

WHITE: How are you, sir? I haven’t talked to you in a minute.

OLDMAN: I’m doing well. I’m busy with things. I’m being creative, which is always good. What about you?

WHITE: I’ve been recording in New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville. I’ve never recorded in New York or L.A. before. I tried to go to some new places and meet musicians I’ve never met before, and see if I could get to a new place. I’m getting somewhere. I’ll send you something. It’s good gardening music or roofing music or, you know, back-alley stabbing music. [Oldman laughs] I’m trying to think of some good activities that people haven’t written songs for yet. What is good is this Winston Churchill performance. I had to keep staring at your eyes to see if it was really you. You’ve always been my favorite actor, and I’m not just saying that. The only date I went on in high school was to see Dracula. I used to get in big coffeehouse debates about your acting. I would say, “Every single time you see Gary Oldman, he is completely transformed into someone you can’t even recognize.”

OLDMAN: I think what it comes down to is that acting is an antidote to self-hatred. [both laugh]

WHITE: I’m going to write that down. I’m going to start acting some more now.

OLDMAN: I think it was my way out, a sort of avenue of escape. The fun of it was getting away from myself and stepping into the characteristics and the behavior of someone else. It stems from that thing of not necessarily being that comfortable in your own skin. But the challenge of playing someone like Winston Churchill is that there’s more footage of him than you might believe, and there’s certainly enough to read about. Next to Washington, I think he has the most biographies about him. And then there’s his own writing, which is something like 50 books.

WHITE: Churchill wrote 50 books?

OLDMAN: I haven’t read all of them, but I’m told every one of them is worth reading. He changed political parties twice. He fought with distinction in four wars, he served in politics, I think, for over 50 years, and he held almost every political office.

WHITE: This is Donald Trump you’re talking about? [Oldman laughs] No, it’s safe to say we don’t have leaders like that anymore.

OLDMAN: He defended the British constitution, won the Nobel Prize for Literature, painted 500 paintings, and exhibited at the Royal Academy. I mean, if you could find someone else who has done that …

WHITE: What is the general feeling about Churchill in Britain nowadays? Is he a controversial figure? Is he highly revered?

OLDMAN: I think he’s both. There’s a lot of rather radical, revisionist history that goes on with Churchill. He’s often misquoted or half-quoted. So it really depends on where you get your information. Not only was the cost of the First World War enormous in terms of lives, but it was also financially crippling to Europe. And then, of course, shortly thereafter, you had the economic crash, which was just devastating. People thought that the First World War was the war to end all wars. After that, it was peace at any price. While Churchill was researching a biography of his ancestor John Churchill, who was the Duke of Marlborough and a great general, he went to Germany in 1932 and saw firsthand what was happening there. They were re-arming. He raised the alarm in Britain, and that was very out of step with the atmosphere of pacifism.

WHITE: It’s also people not following history—if you horribly shame the loser of a war, you will fight them again.

OLDMAN: And sadly, we did. In Churchill’s research while writing this biography, he could see that there were certain repeating patterns. So he was coming out of years of thinking about war, studying war. He was equipped. It was like a muscle that he was exercising while Chamberlain was waving this piece of paper around, saying, “Peace in our time.” Churchill was considered a warmonger. I think that’s why he’s revered and hated.

WHITE: Churchill was the perfect person at the perfect time. What do you think of impressionists? When I see a comedian or an actor trying to do impressions of people, I sometimes wonder where the line is between someone who can do a very good impression and someone who is doing a very good job at acting and immersing themselves in a role. There must be some line when you were acting as Churchill. How do you know if you’re crossing the line into impression?

OLDMAN: I have a relatively good ear and can do a few impressions of people. I don’t study them, but I think what happens with an impressionist is that they’re looking at one particular source.

WHITE: Like, if they were to do the president, they would take one little thing he said and exaggerate it and make into a catch phrase.

OLDMAN: Yes, or a particular physical mannerism or something. But they’re only focused on that one thought. Impressionists have to paint with a very broad stroke because you’ve got to see it within a couple of seconds. You go, “That’s a really funny Robert De Niro.” As an actor, though, you look at different aspects of a character. I try to completely surround myself with the assignment. It’s like being in a big cloud and then some of it rains through—for instance, looking at not only Churchill’s way of walking and mannerisms and the way he sounds, but also looking into the psychology.