Gary Oldman Biography (1958-)

Full name, Leonard Gary Oldman; born March 21, 1958, in London, England; father, a welder; mother, a homemaker; married Lesley Manville (an actress; divorced); married Uma Thurman (an actress), 1991 (divorced, 1993); married DonyaFiorentino (a model and photographer), February 16, 1997 (divorced, 2001); children: (first marriage) Alfred; (third marriage) Gulliver Flynn, Charlie John. Addresses: Manager: -Douglas J. Urbanski, Douglas Management, Inc.,8446-1/2 Melrose Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90069-5308.; Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Actor, producer, director, writer
Birth Details
March 21, 1958
London, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Sid Vicious, Sid and Nancy (also known as Love Kills and Sid and Nancy: Love Kills), Samuel Goldwyn, 1986
  • Joe Orton, Prick Up Your Ears, Samuel Goldwyn, 1987
  • Martin, Track 29, Island, 1988
  • Johnny, We Think the World of You, Cinecom, 1988
  • Ben Chase, Criminal Law, TriStar, 1988
  • Emmett Foley, Chattahoochee, Hemdale, 1990
  • Jackie Flannery, State of Grace, Orion, 1990
  • (As Maurice Escargot) Pop, Henry and June, Universal, 1990
  • Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol, 1990
  • Rosencrantz, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Cinecom, 1990
  • Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK, Warner Bros., 1991
  • Count Vlad Dracul/Dracula, Bram Stoker's Dracula (also known as Dracula), Columbia, 1992
  • Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy (documentary), 1992
  • Drexl Spivey, True Romance (also known as Breakaway), Warner Bros., 1993
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Immortal Beloved, Columbia, 1994
  • Agent Norman Stansfield, The Professional (also known as The Cleaner and Leon), Columbia, 1994
  • Jack Grimaldi, Romeo Is Bleeding, Gramercy, 1994
  • Associate Warden Glenn, Murder in the First, Warner Bros., 1995
  • Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, The Scarlet Letter, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Albert Milo, Basquiat (also known as Build a Fort, Set It on Fire), Miramax, 1996
  • Ivan Korshunov, terrorist, Air Force One (also known as AFO), Columbia, 1997
  • Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg, The Fifth Element (also known as The Fifth Man and Le cinquieme element), Columbia, 1997
  • Dr. Zachary Smith and Spider Smith, Lost in Space (also known as LS), New Line Cinema, 1998
  • Voice of Sir Ruber, Quest for Camelot (also known as Camelot and The MagicSword: Quest for Camelot), Warner Bros., 1998
  • Representative Sheldon `Shelly' Runyon, The Contender (also knownas Rufmord--Jenseits der Moral), DreamWorks, 2000
  • Buford Dill, Nobody's Baby, Millenium, 2001
  • (Uncredited) Mason Verger, Hannibal, MCA/Universal, 2001
  • Breaking the Silence: The Making of `Hannibal', 2001
  • The Making of a Political Thriller, 2001
  • O. W. Grant, Interstate 60 (also known as I-60 and Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road), Samuel Goldwyn, 2002
  • Rolfe, Tiptoes, Reality Check, 2003
  • Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Warner Bros., 2004
  • Film Work
  • Producer and director, Nil by Mouth (also known as Ne pas avaler), Sony Pictures Classics, 1997
  • Executive producer, Plunkett and Macleane, Gramercy, 1999
  • Executive producer, The Contender (also known as Rufmord--Jenseits der Moral), DreamWorks, 2000
  • Stage Appearances
  • Massacre at Paris, Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, 1980
  • Chinchilla, Glasgow Citizens Theatre, 1980
  • Desperado Corner, Glasgow Citizens Theatre, 1980
  • A Waste of Time, Glasgow Citizens Theatre, 1980
  • Soldier, Summit Conference, Lupton Theatre Company, Lyric Theatre,London, 1982
  • P. C. Naylor, Rat in the Skull, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1984
  • Scopey, The Pope's Wedding, Royal Court Theatre, 1984
  • Mike, Saved, Royal Court Theatre, 1984
  • Son, "Red, Black, and Ignorant," third man, "Tin Can People," and son andman, "Great Peace," The War Plays, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Pit, London, 1985
  • Major Carp and Petko, The Desert Air, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Pit, 1985
  • Sordido, Women Beware Women, Royal Court Theatre, 1986
  • Jack, Real Dreams, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Pit, 1986
  • Grimes and Billy Corman, Serious Money, Royal Court Theatre, 1987
  • Also appeared in Minnesota Moon, London.
  • Major Tours
  • Toured in Chinchilla, Desperado Corner, Massacre at Paris, and A Waste of Time, all with Glasgow Citizens Theatre, European and South American cities.
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Daniel, Remembrance, Channel 4, released in the United States as afilm, Mainline, 1982
  • Coxy, Meantime, Channel 4, 1983, released in the United States asa film, Film 4, 1984
  • Derek Bates, Honest, Decent, and True, BBC, released in the UnitedStates in 1985
  • Bex Bissek, The Firm, 1988
  • Ian Tyson, Heading Home, Arts and Entertainment, 1992
  • Charlie Strom, Sin, Starz!, 2001
  • Also appeared in Morgan's Boy, and as P. C. Naylor in Rat in the Skull.
  • Episodic
  • Pat Kelly, "Dead-End for Delia," Sydney Pollack's "Fallen Angels,"Showtime, 1993
  • Late Show with David Letterman, 1994
  • Hairdresser, "Hair," Tracey Takes On ... , 1999
  • Dennis Miller Live, 2001
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 2001
  • Richard Crosby, "The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding: Parts 1 & 2," Friends, NBC, 2001
  • "Piddler on the Roof," Greg the Bunny, Fox, 2002
  • Also appeared in Backstory, AMC; as Ruber in these animated series, "Quest for Camelot," Villain Toon Jam, The Cartoon Characters Villains, Mickey & Bugs' House of Villains, and "Ruber's Revenge," Devon and Cornwall: The Series.
  • Miniseries
  • Voice of Lee Harvey Oswald, "Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?", 1992
  • Pontius Pilate, Jesus, CBS, 1999
  • Specials
  • Narrator, Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, The Learning Channel, 2001
  • 7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • Presenter, 2001 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • Presenter, 17th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel, 2002
  • The 100 Greatest Movie Stars, Channel 4, 2003
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Producer, Sin, Starz!, 2001
  • Music Videos
  • Appeared in Since I Don't Have You by Guns n' Roses, 1994.
  • Albums; Contributor
  • "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "My Way," Sid and Nancy (original soundtrack recording), 1986
  • Also sang on the compilation CD Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud and "You've Been Around," a duet with David Bowie on The Sacred Squall of Now.
  • Video Games
  • Voice of Jean Baptiste Emanuel Zorg, The Fifth Element (also knownas Le cinquieme element), Activision, 1998
  • True Crime: Streets of LA, 2003
  • Voice of Sergeant Jack Barnes, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault--Spearhead, Electronic Arts, 2003
  • Screenplays
  • Nil by Mouth (also known as Ne pas avaler), Sony Pictures Classics, 1997

Further Reference


    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996
    • Newsmakers 1998, Gale, 1998
    • American Film, April, 1988
    • Entertainment Weekly, February 10, 1995, p. 14
    • Harper's Bazaar, February, 1998, p. 196
    • Interview, January, 1992, p. 84; February, 1998, p. 60
    • New York Times, November 8, 1992

    User Contributions:

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    Jan 20, 2014 @ 5:05 am
    I enjoyed Gary Oldman's performances in the Harry Potter films. However, I truly became a fan upon seeing his moving performance as the handsome and charming Reverend in The Scarlet Letter. I saw it on tv for the first time this weekend. I must say I have a bit of a crush on him now.

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