Gary Leonard Oldman  born 21 March  is an English actor and filmmaker who has performed in theatre, film, and television. Known for his versatility and expressive acting style Old man and my wife, Oldman is regarded as one of the greatest screen actors of his generation. InEmpire readers voted him the recipient of the Empire Icon Award. Oldman began acting in theatre inand made his earliest film appearances in Remembrance and Meantime The Professionalhas been ranked as one of cinema's greatest villains.
He meanwhile gave an acclaimed reading of Ludwig van Beethoven in Immortal Beloved Growing up in south London, Oldman supported his local football club Millwalland also followed Manchester United so that he could watch his idol, George Best.
And I knew that my dad was involved somehow with the reserve team. But two weeks ago my mum said, 'Oh yeah, your dad played for Millwall. When he was young he had a couple of first team Old man and my wife. Oldman studied with the Young People's Theatre in Greenwich during the mids,   while working jobs on assembly lines, as a porter in an operating theatreselling shoes and beheading pigs in an abattoir.
After leaving school, Oldman was the first in his class to receive professional work. The play then ran in Colchesterthen with Glasgow 's Citizens Theatre ;  Oldman's work ethic and trademark intensity would make him a favourite with audiences in Glasgow during the s. The following year, he landed a starring role as a skinhead in Mike Leigh 's film Meantimeand moved on to Chesterfield to assume the lead role in Entertaining Mr Sloane Joe Orton.
Afterwards, he went to Westcliffe to star in Saved Edward Bond. Saved proved to be a major breakthrough for Oldman. He twice turned down the role before accepting it, because, in his own words: I'd never followed it. It wasn't something that interested me. The script I felt was banal and 'who cares' and 'why bother' and all of that. And I was a little bit sort-of with my nose in the air and sort-of thinking 'well the theatre — so much more superior' and all of that.
On the basis of these two movies, he is the best young British actor around. InOldman also starred as football hooligan Clive "Bex" Bissel in British drama The Firma performance which Total Film numbered as his best and called "stunning" and "fearless" in Total Film also praised the movie, calling Oldman's character "a blitz of brilliant comedy timing and pitch perfect line Old man and my wife.
According to Oldman, very little was written about Oswald in the script.
Stone gave him several plane tickets, a list of contacts and told him to do his own research. A commercially successful film adaptation of Bram Stoker 's novel it was a box office success worldwide. He was considered for two roles in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fictionbut neither were realised. Jackson while TriStar executives recommended him for drug dealer Lance portrayed by Eric Stoltz.
The Professionalhe played corrupt DEA officer Norman Stansfieldwhich has since been named by multiple publications as one of the best villains in cinema.
He portrayed another historical figure, Pontius Pilatein Jesus Oldman Old man and my wife considered for the role of Morpheus in The Matrix. Old man and my wife appeared opposite Jeff Bridges as zealous Republican congressman Sheldon Runyon in The Contenderin which he was also credited as a producer. Oldman received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his performance, although some claimed he was dissatisfied with DreamWorks ' supposed editing of the film to reflect pro- Democratic leanings.
These reports were declared "sloppy sensationalism " by his manager, Douglas Urbanskiwho said that Oldman was "the least political person I know". He stressed that neither he nor Oldman had made the statements attributed to them, that they had "produced this film, every last cut and frame", and that DreamWorks "did not influence the final cut or have anything to do with it.
He reportedly spent six hours per day in the make-up room to achieve the character's hideously disfigured appearance. Oldman is uncredited in the film, reportedly over a dispute regarding top billing, which was going to co-stars Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore.