Gary Oldman Biography
Gary Oldman is an enthralling, influential, prestigious English theatrical performer, screenwriter, producer, director, musician and actor in Hollywood. The spirited artist was born on March 21, 1958 in London, England in a desolate working class family. His mother, Kathleen, was a housewife while father, Leonard Bertram Oldman was a blacksmith. He was raised by his mother and two sisters without his father. He quit high school, at the age of 16, and he worked as a storekeeper in sporting goods. After realizing his passion towards acting, he decided to study again and enrolled himself in the Young People’s Theater in Greenwich, England. There, he worked in many theatre classes, then his fate changed, and he won a scholarship to study in the Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London. Gary graduated in 1979, with a bachelor in arts, B. A degree in Theatre Arts.
Gary Oldman Wedding
Gary has been married four times. In 1987, he tied the knot with an actress, Lesley Manville, and they have a son named as Alfie Oldman. After splitting in 1990, he got married to another actress, Uma Thurman for two years (1990-1992). Oldman has two more sons, Gulliver Oldman and Charlie Oldman, from his third wife, Donya Fiorentino, who is an American model and photographer, and they were married from 1997 to 2001. He settled into fourth marriage with a waitress, Alexandra Edenborough, and he lives in Los Angles with her.
Gary Oldman Showbiz Career
After graduation, Gary appeared in a number of plays and worked with the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. In 1985, he won a Best Actor and a Best Newcomer award for his striking performance in the play, The Pope’s Wedding. Following the debut film Remembrance (1982), he made a breakthrough through the mainstream and critically acclaimed movie, Sid and Nancy (1986). He then earned a Best Actor nomination from BAFTA for the film, Prick Up Your Ears (1987). He featured as a popular villain in the next box-office successful movies, JFK (1991), Dracula (1992), True Romance (1993), Léon: The Professional (1994), Murder in the First (1995), The Fifth Element (1997), Air Force One (1997) and Lost in Space (1998). Moreover, he received a favorable appreciation by portraying a composer in mainstream film, Immortal beloved (1994). After starring in Hannibal (2001), he emerged as a guest appearance in two episodes of Friends, broadcasted in May, 2001.
For three years, Gary did not get momentous roles, but he established his reputation again by performing as a Sirius Black in the commercial-hit. Harry Potter series like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). Meanwhile, he also appeared as a well-known role of Detective James Gordon in the Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). The assiduous actor gained his first Academy award nomination for playing the character of a British spy in the film, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). He also featured in critically praised, Lawless (2012) and Paranoia (2013).
Apart from acting career, Gary wrote, directed and produced, heart touching and award-winning movie, Nil by Mouth (1997) and the film reflected about the hard times of his own early life. He produced other movies such as Plunkett & Macleane (1999), The Contender (2000), Nobody’s Baby (2001), and directed music video Jack White: Unstaged (2012). Moreover, he is a skillful piano player, performed some songs in Sid and Nancy (1986), played an instrument in the movies, Track 29 (1988) and Immortal Beloved (1994), and sang “You’ve Been Around” track along with David Bowie on the album, The Sacred Squall of Now.
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Gary recently appeared as a scientist in the remake of the film, Robocop, released in January, 2014. His forthcoming projects are Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Child 44, and these movies will be released in coming days of 2014. Furthermore, he wrote the script and will direct the Flying Horse, and the film is expected to publish in 2016.
Gary Oldman Interview
Gary revealed that, as a kid, he wanted to pursue his musical career, but changed his mind to become an actor after watching the film, The Raging Moon (1971) and impressed by the acting of Malcolm McDowell and he referred: “Something about Malcolm just captivated me, and I said to myself, ‘I want to do that.’” He added: “Acting is a good way to meet tremendous people, and it is like a therapy and snow shaker.” He gladly told that his children are the greatest achievement of life. He explained his reason to reject the villain role in Batman Franchises that he wanted to change his image as a supporting role. At this moment, Gary cited his saying: ” I manifest the ideas of the film, which are the significances of family, compassion and courage, and perception of right and wrong, justice, good and bad.”