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Gary Oldman

Mostly Credited As: Gary Oldman
Sometimes Credited As: Maurice Escargot
Gary von Oldman

Birth Name: Leonard Gary Oldman
Date Of Birth: March 21, 1958 (Age 56)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: New Cross, London, England
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Gary Oldman


Gary Oldman was born as Gary Leonard Oldman in New Cross (South London) in England on March 21st 1958. His father left the family when Gary was only seven so he was raised by his mother and his two sisters. He rarely saw him after that. A few years ago his father past away at the age of 62 from the complications of alcoholism.

Gary dropped out of school at the age of sixteen to start working at a sports-equipmentstore. In this period Gary Oldman started to read and study literature and he thought himself to play the piano. Shortly thereafter he met Roger Williams, a drama teacher who introduced Gary to acting.

After playing in some (rather unknown) movies Gary turned to the stage until he return to the movies in 1986 when he played role of Punk-rocker Sid Vicious in the Sid & Nancy. Critics raved and Gary had established his name in the movie-business. Some of the critics claimed that Gary didn't just play the role but that he was Sid Vicious. (And I must agree)

It took until 1991 for Gary to play another role that made the world notice him again. In JFK he played the part of Lee Harvey Oswald. Another historical figure and again Gary's acting made you forget you weren't watching the man himself as he was picked up for a murder he probably never committed.

In 1992 Gary played his best part to date (at least according to me) as he was casted as Count Dracula in Bram Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Although the movie was reviewed with mixed emotions it is without a doubt that Gary's performance was brilliant.He brings a sensuality and anger to the role that none of his predecessors has ever achieved. In all his disguises Gary portraits the ultimate Dracula in all his love, sexuality and madness. The best Dracula ever!!

"Contrary to the dark parts he plays Gary Oldman is a charming and fun guy" according to Isabella Rosselini. Not just Rosselini but most of the directors and fellow-actors who he has worked with consider Gary Oldman as a very nice guy and above all a professional.
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*Note* Gary's film Nil By Mouth went on to win the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film, a BAFTA Award, the Channel 4 Director's Award, and the Empire Award, and was declared by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts as one of the one hundred best films of all time despite containing the word 'f**k' 410 times, a record for any film.
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Thanks bunches to Giso (check links for the fansite) for helping on the bio.



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TV Appearances

Episode Cast Credits 

Today (US) (1952) 
  Season 63, Episode 128 63x128: (Jul/09/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014) 
  Andy Cohen, the Kratt Brothers, Jeff Koons 01x66: (Jul/08/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Gary Oldman, Nathan Fielder, Bleachers 12x154: (Jun/25/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Matt Damon 11x14: (Jan/24/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005) 
  Gary Oldman, Ellie Kemper, Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire 10x28: (Feb/17/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Conan (2010) 
  Tom Arnold, Dr. Jennifer Berman, Ron Funches 04x48: (Feb/13/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  May Old Acquaintances Be De-Friended 02x26: (Jan/03/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Seven Salads for Seven Brothers Who Are Sexually Attracted to Salads 01x62: (Mar/08/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  February 7, 2014 15x38: (Feb/07/2014) As Himself 
  February 27, 2012 13x58: (Feb/27/2012) As Himself 
  January 12, 2010 11x12: (Jan/12/2010) As Himself 

The Graham Norton Show (2007) 
  Gary Oldman, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, London Grammar 14x17: (Feb/07/2014) As Himself 

Daybreak (2010) 
  February 7, 2014 04x111: (Feb/07/2014) As Himself 

Sunrise (UK) (1989) 
  February 3, 2014 26x34: (Feb/03/2014) As Himself 

This Morning (1988) 
  September 16, 2011 24x10: (Sep/16/2011) As Himself 

The One Show (2006) 
  September 14, 2011 06x46: (Sep/14/2011) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009) 
  Gary Oldman, Dax Shepard, Vampire Weekend 01x136: (Jan/11/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Early Show (1999) 
  Gary Oldman 09x223: (Jul/16/2008) As Himself 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Gary Oldman, Joe Buck, Kenny Chesney 15x134: (Jul/14/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]

V Graham Norton (2002) 
  Series 5, Show 13 05x13: (Nov/05/2003) As Himself 

Greg the Bunny (2002) 
  Piddler on the Roof 01x09: (Jul/28/2002) As Himself 

Omnibus (1967) 
  Anthony Hopkins: A Taste For Hannibal 36x11: (Jul/03/2002) As Himself 

Friends (1994) 
  The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding (2) 07x24: (May/17/2001) As Richard Crosby 
  The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding (1) 07x23: (May/17/2001) As Richard Crosby 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Show #0299 02x80: (Jan/02/1995) As Himself 

Fallen Angels (1993) 
  Dead End for Delia 01x01: (Aug/01/1993) As Detective Pat Kelley 

Knots Landing (1979) 
  Close Call 11x04: (Oct/19/1989) As Don Ross 

Screen Two (1985) 
  Honest, Decent and True 02x05: (Feb/09/1986) As Derek Bates 
Crew Credits

Show Crew


The Diabolic (2014)• Creator
• Executive Producer

Episode Crew


Featured Songs

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Songs:
Lovers Walk + My Way 
Trivia

Gary signed with ICM in November 2005. He was previously represented by Creative Artists Agency.

Gary dropped out of school at the age of sixteen to start working at a sports-equipment store.

His father left the family when Gary was only seven so he was raised by his mother and his two sisters.

Gary appeared in the TV commercial for Barclays Bank with Donald Sutherland.

Gary appeared in the TV commercial for One 2 One in 2001.

Gary sang "You've Been Around" with David Bowie, a duet from The Sacred Squall of Now.

Artist Julian Schnabel (the director of Basquiat) had put out a CD entitled Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud. Gary sings on this album and there is also a track called "Gary's Song".

Gary appeared in the print ad for DKNY in 2000.

Gary appeared in the 1998 print commercial for H&M clothing.

Gary appeared in the music video "Since I Don't Have You" by Guns n' Roses.

More Trivia
Gary Oldman Quotes
I don't think Hollywood knows what to do with me. I would imagine that when it comes to romantic comedies, my name would be pretty low down on the list.

We're given a code to live our lives by; we don't always follow it but it's still there.

With Beethoven I said I wanted a role where I didn't have to do anything stupid with my hair. My agent said, 'Read it again.'

I've done so much R-rated work, it's nice to have a job you can show your kids. (on making Harry Potter)

I guess what I'm trying to say is it's not Dracula crying, it's Gary Oldman, but using the technique of the character. The emotion is mine, because I don't know what it's like to be undead and live 300 years.

Any actor who tells you that they have become the people they play - unless they're clearly diagnosed as a schizophrenic - is bullshitting you.

Change is vital to any actor. If you keep playing lead after lead, you're really gonna dry up; because all those vehicles wean you away from the truths of human behaviour.

To be able to do this job in the first place you've got to have a bit of an ego.

We're given a code to live our lives by: we don't always follow it but it's still there.

I applaud anything that can take a kid away from a PlayStation or a Gameboy. That is a miracle in itself.

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