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 55)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: New Cross (South London), England
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
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.
*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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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.
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.