Gary Oldman

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Gary Leonard Oldman (born 21 March 1958) is an English screen and stage actor, filmmaker and musician. A former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Oldman rose to prominence as a film actor for his portrayals of Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986), Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears (1987), a football firm leader in The Firm (1989), Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK (1991) and the title character of Dracula (1992). He became a popular portrayer of villains, playing the antagonist of True Romance (1993), Léon (1994), The Fifth Element (1997), Air Force One (1997) and The Contender (2000). He has since starred as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series, James Gordon in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). Based on lead and supporting roles, Oldman is the highest-grossing actor in the history of film. He has garnered widespread critical and peer respect; Tom Hardy once remarked, "Gary Oldman is, hands down, the greatest actor that's ever lived." Among other honours, he has won two BAFTA Awards and a Saturn Award, and has been nominated for Academy-, Emmy-, Screen Actors Guild- and Independent Spirit Awards, as well as the Palme d'Or.



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