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Gary Oldman Biography

Birth Name:
Leonard Gary Oldman
Birth Place:
London, England
Profession
Actor, director, writer, producer

Fast Facts

  • Was raised by his mother and two sisters after his father abandoned the family
  • Dropped out of high school and worked in a sporting-goods store before studying acting at the Greenwich Young People's Theatre
  • At age 23, appeared in his first film, Remembrance (1981)
  • Thought up the stage name Laila Morse, an anagram of "mia sorella," the Italian words for "my sister," for his sibling Maureen Oldman
  • She made her film debut in 1997's Nil by Mouth, her brother's loosely autobiographical directorial debut
  • Provided the voice of characters in several video games, including games in The Legend of Spyro and Call of Duty series
  • Voiced three characters (Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and Marley) in Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)
  • Directed the music video for Jonathan Clark's song "I'll Be There" and sang background vocals on two tracks of Clark's debut album, I'm Just Sayin' (2010)
  • Honored by the British film magazine Empire with the 2011 Empire Film Icon Award

Awards

  • 2021Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2020Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2020Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2020Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2018Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 2018BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actor: nominated
  • 2018IFTA Film & Drama Awards-Best International Actor: nominated
  • 2017Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2017Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 2017Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2012European Film Awards-European Actor: nominated
  • 2012BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actor: nominated
  • 2011National Society of Film Critics-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2011San Francisco Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 2011Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2001Critics' Choice Awards-Alan J. Pakula Award: winner
  • 2001Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1998BAFTA Film Awards-The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year: winner
  • 1998BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 1992Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 1988BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: nominated

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