DOB: March 21, 1958
Background: Oldman is an English actor born in London, an accomplished singer and pianist when he was young, but he gave us music to pursue acting. He earned a bachelor's degree in acting from the Rose Bruford College in Kent.
Filmography: His first leading role launched him to fame, playing Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious in the film "Sid & Nancy" (1986). He follwed that performance with roles in "The Firm," "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," and "State of Grace," and along with other British actors who came to prominence in the 1980s (including Colin Firth and Tim Roth) he became known as a member of the "Brit Pack."
He played Lee Harvey Oswald in Oliver Stone's "JFK" as well as the title character in Francis Ford Coppola's "Dracula." He also played villains in "Air Force One," "The Fifth Element," "Leon," and "True Romance." He earned a SAG nomination for playing an antagonistic congressman in "The Contender." In the last ten years he's appeared in blockbuster films including the "Harry Potter" series as Sirius Black and Christopher Nolan's "Batman" series as police commissioner James Gordon. This year he stars in the spy thriller "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."
Best Actor Nomination
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (2011); lost to Jean Dujardin ("The Artist")
Best Comedy Guest Actor Nomination
"Friends" (2001); lost to Derek Jacobi ("Frasier")
Best Film Supporting Actor Nomination
"The Contender" (2001); lost to Albert Finney ("Erin Brockovich")
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