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Gary Oldman is a remarkable actor, musician and filmmaker. He is mostly famous for roles in such movies as ‘’Harry Potter’, ‘The Dark Knight’ and many other famous movies and television shows. In addition to this, Gary was also a part of the creation team of the movie ‘Nil by Mouth’. Recently Oldman has received more and more suggestions and offers for different kinds of roles, and his fans are able to see him more often on the screen. During his acting career Gary has won and been nominated for many awards. Some of them include an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Satellite Award, Saturn Award, Emmy Award and others. The question might occur: how rich is Gary Oldman? Well, the answer is that Gary’s net worth is 40 million dollars and of course most of it has come from his acting career.

Gary Oldman Net Worth $40 Million

Gary Leonard Oldman. or just simply known as Gary Oldman, was born in 1958 in England. His childhood was not perfect as Gary’s father liked to drink a lot and left the family when Gary was just a little boy. At first Oldman was more interested in music; he liked to sing and knew how to play a piano. but the movie entitled The Raging Moon inspired him to become an actor. That is why Gary started to work in Young People’s Theatre and at the same time he learned a lot of things about acting and performing.

Later Gary studied at Rose Bruford College where he received a degree in acting. One of the first of Gary’s roles was in ‘Dick Whittington and His Cat’. Later he also acted in ‘Desperado Corner’, ‘Chinchilla’, ‘The Massacre at Paris’ and others. These performances added to Gary Oldman’s net worth. In 1982 Gary acted in his first movie, entitled ‘Remembrance’. While time was passing, Oldman started to receive more offers for acting and became more popular in the movie industry. Other movies and television shows that Gary has acted in include ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’, ‘Hannibal’, ‘Friends’, ‘The Book of Eli’ and many others. Recently Gary appeared in ‘RoboCop’ and ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’. All these appearances had a huge impact on the growth of Gary Oldman’s net worth.

As it was mentioned before, Gary is also interested in music and tries to participate in the music industry as much as he can. Gary has had an opportunity to work with Glen Matlock, Reeves Gabrels, David Bowie and Jack White. This also made Gary’s net worth grow.

To conclude, it could be said that Gary Oldman is one of the best actors in the industry. During his career he has appeared in many movies and television shows and now has a lot of experience so there is no surprise that he is still very popular nowadays. Gary’s talent is acclaimed by many other people in the industry, and with time he receives more and more roles. If this continues to happen there is a high chance that Gary Oldman’s net worth will become a lot higher.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dylan Thomas 1991 Dylan Thomas
Henry & June 1990 Pop (as Maurice Escargot)
State of Grace 1990 Jackie Flannery
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead 1990 Rosencrantz
Knots Landing 1989 TV Series Don Ross
Chattahoochee 1989 Emmett Foley
We Think the World of You 1988 Johnny
Criminal Law 1988 Ben Chase
Track 29 1988 Martin
Prick Up Your Ears 1987 Joe Orton
Sid and Nancy 1986 Sid Vicious
Summer Season 1985 TV Series Gary
Morgan's Boy 1984 TV Series Colin
Dramarama 1984 TV Series Ben
Meantime 1984 TV Movie Coxy
Remembrance 1982 Daniel
Darkest Hour 2017 filming Winston Churchill
The Hitman's Bodyguard 2017 post-production
Squadron 42 2017 Video Game post-production Admiral Ernst Bishop
Star Citizen 2016 Video Game post-production Admiral Ernst Bishop
Flying Horse announced Dennis Spencer
Hunter Killer filming
The Space Between Us 2017 Nathaniel Shepherd
Criminal 2016 Quaker Wells
Lego Dimensions 2015 Video Game Lord Vortech (voice)
Man Down 2015/I Counselor Peyton
Child 44 2015 General Mikhail Nesterov
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014 Dreyfus
RoboCop 2014 Dr. Dennett Norton
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2013 TV Series A Thanksgiving Message
Paranoia 2013/I Nicolas Wyatt
David Bowie: The Next Day 2013 Video short Priest
Guns, Girls and Gambling 2012 Elvis
The Dark Knight Rises 2012 Commissioner Gordon
Lawless 2012 Floyd Banner
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Deleted Scenes 2012 Video short George Smiley
Touch of Evil 2011 Short The Menacing Dummy
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 2011 George Smiley
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 Sirius Black
Kung Fu Panda 2 2011 Shen (voice)
Red Riding Hood 2011 Solomon
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2010 Video Game Viktor Reznov / Dr. Clarke (voice)
The Book of Eli 2010 Carnegie
Planet 51 2009 General Grawl (voice)
A Christmas Carol 2009 Bob Cratchit Marley Tiny Tim
Rain Fall 2009 William Holtzer
Do Not Go See the Perfect Sleep 2009 Video short
The Unborn 2009 Rabbi Sendak
Call of Duty: World at War 2008 Video Game Sgt. Reznov (voice)
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon 2008 Video Game Ignitus (voice)
The Dark Knight 2008 Gordon
The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night 2007 Video Game Ignitus (voice)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 Sirius Black
The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning 2006 Video Game Ignitus (voice)
The Backwoods 2006 Paul
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 Sirius Black
Dead Fish 2005 Lynch
Batman Begins 2005 Jim Gordon
Who's Kyle? 2004 Short Scouse
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 Sirius Black
Sin 2003 Charlie Strom
True Crime: Streets of LA 2003 Video Game Rocky / Agent Masterson (voice)
Tiptoes 2003 Rolfe
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Spearhead 2003 Video Game Sgt. Jack Barnes (voice)
Beat the Devil 2002 Short Devil
Greg the Bunny 2002 TV Series Gary Oldman
Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road 2002 O.W. Grant
Friends 2001 TV Series Richard Crosby
Hannibal 2001 Mason Verger
Nobody's Baby 2001 Buford Dill
The Contender 2000 Shelly Runyon
Jesus 1999 TV Movie Pontius Pilate
Tracey Takes On... 1999 TV Series Hairdresser
The Fifth Element 1998 Video Game Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (voice)
Quest for Camelot 1998 Ruber (voice)
Lost in Space 1998 Dr. Zachary Smith Spider Smith
Air Force One 1997 Ivan Korshunov
The Fifth Element 1997 Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg
Basquiat 1996 Albert Milo
The Scarlet Letter 1995 Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale
Murder in the First 1995 Milton Glenn
Immortal Beloved 1994 Ludwig van Beethoven
Léon: The Professional 1994 Stansfield
Romeo Is Bleeding 1993 Jack Grimaldi
True Romance 1993 Drexl Spivey
Fallen Angels 1993 TV Series Pat Kelley
Dracula 1992 Dracula
JFK 1991 Lee Harvey Oswald
Screen Two 1986-1991 TV Series Ian Tyson Bex Bissell Derek Bates

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rage 2008 TV Series 1 episode
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1998 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Quest for Camelot 1998 performer: "Ruber"
Track 29 1988 performer: "M-O-T-H-E-R"
Sid and Nancy 1986 performer: "My Way", "Somethin' Else", "I Wanna Be Your Dog"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nobody's Baby 2001 producer
The Contender 2000 executive producer
Plunkett & Macleane 1999 executive producer
Nil by Mouth 1997 producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Flying Horse announced
Jack White: Unstaged 2012 Video
Nil by Mouth 1997

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Flying Horse announced
Nil by Mouth 1997 screenplay

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Take Flight: Gary Oldman Directs Chutzpah 2009 Documentary short

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Who's Kyle? 2004 Short camera operator - as Gary von Oldman

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tyrannosaur 2011 special thanks
The Perfect Sleep 2009 very special thanks
Dog Altogether 2007 Short thanks
Who's Kyle? 2004 Short special thanks
The Thin Red Line 1998 thanks
Wildly Available 1996 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Place Among the Undead 2016 TV Series documentary Himself (2016)
Criss Angel Trick'd Up 2016 TV Movie Himself
Criminal Intent 2016 Video documentary Himself
Larry King Now 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2016 TV Series Himself
Reflections of History: Recreating the World of Child 44 2015 Video short Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2012-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Humans and Apes: The Cast of 'Dawn' 2014 Video short Himself
Janela Indiscreta 2014 TV Series Himself
Conan 2011-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Made in Hollywood 2010-2014 TV Series Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2008-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Reel Junkie 2014 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Insider 2014 TV Series Himself
Inside Edition 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
I Am Steve McQueen 2014 Documentary Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Graham Norton Show 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2012-2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Ending the Knight 2012 Video documentary Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
True Crime: The Movie 2012 Documentary Rocky / Agent Masterson (voice)
2012 MTV Movie Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Charlie Rose 1995-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Orange British Academy Film Awards: Red Carpet 2012 TV Special Himself
Rencontres de cinéma 2012 TV Series Himself
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: UK Premiere Featurette 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Movie Talk with Peter Bart 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
MSN Exclusives 2012 TV Series Himself
Tavis Smiley 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Chelsea Lately 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Sidewalks Entertainment 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
SAG Foundation Conversations 2011 TV Series Himself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Scream Awards 2011 2011 TV Special Himself
At the Movies 2011 TV Series Himself
The Big Picture 2011 TV Series Himself
The One Show 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Daybreak 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
Attack of the Show! 2011 TV Series Himself
The Republic of Telly 2011 TV Series Himself
The Book of Eli: Eli's Journey 2010 Video short Himself
The Book of Eli: Survival Guide Focus Points 2010 Video documentary short Himself
One Night in Turin 2010 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Life on Planet 51 2010 Video documentary short Himself
The 7PM Project 2010 TV Series Himself
Countdown to Zero 2010 Documentary Narrator
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Take Flight: Gary Oldman Directs Chutzpah 2009 Documentary short
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
The View 2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Secret World of Superfans 2008 Documentary Himself
The Blood Is the Life: The Making of 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' 2007 Video documentary short Himself
The Costumes Are the Sets: The Design of Eiko Ishioka 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Nubes y claros - Rodando 'Bosque de sombras' 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
HBO First Look 1994-2007 TV Series documentary Himself
DP/30: Conversations About Movies 2007 TV Series Himself
Me and Graham: The Soundtrack of Our Lives 2005 Documentary Himself
Chutzpah, This Is? 2005 Video short Himself
Planet Voice 2005 TV Series Himself
Batman: The Tumbler 2005 Video documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Cape and Cowl 2005 Video documentary short Himself - Actor
Batman Begins: Behind the Mask 2005 TV Short documentary Himself
Conjuring a Scene 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Head to Shrunken Head 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Memories of: Elephant 2004 Video short Himself - Actor / Director
Today 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
V Graham Norton 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 100 Greatest Movie Stars 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
True Romance: Behind the Scenes 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Anthony Hopkins: A Taste for Hannibal 2002 TV Movie Himself
The Contender: The Making of a Political Thriller 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal' 2001 Video documentary Himself
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2001 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1998-2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
Dennis Miller Live 2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
Great Books: Poe's Tales of Terror 2001 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Alan Clarke: His Own Man 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Beloved Beethoven 1999 Video documentary Himself
Ôsama no buranchi 1998 TV Series Himself
Lost in Space Forever 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 50th British Academy Film Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Original Screenplay
Lost in Space: A Behind the Scenes Journey 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Making of... 1998 TV Series documentary Himself / Dr. Smith
Ciné6 1997 TV Series Himself
The Making of 'Air Force One' 1997 Video short Himself
In Search of Dracula with Jonathan Ross 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1995 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Making of 'True Romance' 1993 Video documentary short Himself
Frontline 1993 TV Series documentary Lee Harvey Oswald
Beyond 'JFK': The Question of Conspiracy 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
Blood Lines: Dracula - The Man. The Myth. The Movies. 1992 TV Short documentary Himself
Director: Alan Clarke 1991 Documentary short Himself
England's Glory 1987 Documentary short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra 2016 TV Series Himself
Criminal: Director's Notes 2016 Video documentary Himself / Quaker Wells
Nostalgia Critic 2016 TV Series James Gordon
Welcome to the Basement 2016 TV Series Rosencrantz
The Drunken Peasants 2015 TV Series Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg
Lennon or McCartney 2014 Documentary short Himself
The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of the Dark Knight Trilogy 2013 Video documentary Himself
Movie Guide 2013 TV Series Nicholas Wyatt
Call of Duty: Black Ops II 2012 Video Game Viktor Reznov (uncredited)
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2012 TV Series Ludwig van Beethoven
Cinemaholic 2009 TV Series
Filmania: Eiga no tatsujin 2009 TV Series
President Hollywood 2008 TV Movie documentary Ivan Korshunov (uncredited)
In Camera: The Naïve Visual Effects of 'Bram Stoker's Dracula' 2007 Video documentary short Himself
British Film Forever 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The King's Head: A Maverick in London 2006 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)
Creating the Vision 2004 Video documentary short Sirius Black (uncredited)
Omnibus 1999 TV Series documentary Joe Orton
Guns N' Roses: Welcome to the Videos 1998 Video Devil in Since I Don't Have You video (uncredited)
Gomorron 1997 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Lego Dimensions (2015) · Troy Baker
· Elizabeth Banks
· Tom Kane
· Joel McHale
· Travis Willingham
· Laura Bailey
· Michael J. Fox
· Christopher Lloyd
· Peter Capaldi
· Ellen McLain
· Stephen Merchant
· Chris Pratt
· Scott Menville
· Frank Welker
2016 BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Lego Dimensions (2015) · Troy Baker
· Elizabeth Banks
· Tom Kane
· Joel McHale
· Travis Willingham
· Laura Bailey
· Michael J. Fox
· Christopher Lloyd
· Peter Capaldi
· Ellen McLain
· Stephen Merchant
· Chris Pratt
· Scott Menville
· Frank Welker
2014 Dilys Powell Award London Critics Circle Film Awards
2012 BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) · Jack Black
· Angelina Jolie
· Dustin Hoffman
· Jackie Chan
· Seth Rogen
· Lucy Liu
· David Cross
· James Hong
· Michelle Yeoh
2012 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) · Mark Strong
· John Hurt
· Toby Jones
· David Dencik
· Ciarán Hinds
· Colin Firth
· Kathy Burke
· Benedict Cumberbatch
· Stephen Graham
· Simon McBurney
· Tom Hardy
· Svetlana Khodchenkova
· William Haddock
2012 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012 IOFCP Award International Online Film Critics' Poll Best Actor in a Leading Role Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012 International Star Award Palm Springs International Film Festival Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2011 Icon Award Empire Awards, UK
2011 Tribute Award Gotham Awards
2011 SFFCC Award San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2009 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble The Dark Knight (2008) · Christian Bale
· Heath Ledger
· Aaron Eckhart
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
· Michael Caine
· Morgan Freeman
2009 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Cast The Dark Knight (2008) · Christian Bale
· Heath Ledger
· Michael Caine
· Aaron Eckhart
· Morgan Freeman
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
2008 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble The Dark Knight (2008) · Christian Bale
· Heath Ledger
· Morgan Freeman
· Michael Caine
· Cillian Murphy
· Aaron Eckhart
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
2001 Alan J. Pakula Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards The Contender (2000) · Rod Lurie (screenwriter)
· Joan Allen
· Jeff Bridges
· Christian Slater
· Sam Elliott
· William Petersen
· Saul Rubinek
· Philip Baker Hall
· Mike Binder
· Robin Thomas
· Mariel Hemingway
2001 Master Screen Artist Tribute USA Film Festival
1998 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best Debut Nil by Mouth (1997)
1998 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Actor Le cinquième élément (1997)
1998 Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film BAFTA Awards Nil by Mouth (1997) · Luc Besson
· Douglas Urbanski
1998 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Screenplay - Original Nil by Mouth (1997)
1997 Channel 4 Director's Award Edinburgh International Film Festival Nil by Mouth (1997)
1994 CableACE CableACE Awards Actor in a Dramatic Series Fallen Angels (1993)
1993 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor Dracula (1992)
1992 Chainsaw Award Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actor Dracula (1992)
1988 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Actor of the Year Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
1987 Evening Standard British Film Award Evening Standard British Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer Sid and Nancy (1986)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Video Game Lego Dimensions (2015)
2012 BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Male Vocal Performance in a Feature Film Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
2012 European Film Award European Film Awards European Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012 Evening Standard British Film Award Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Lead Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012 IFTA Award Irish Film and Television Awards Best International Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Actor (Miglior attore protagonista) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Actor of the Year Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards British Actor of the Year Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Voice-Over Performance Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
2012 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Leading Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2012 Annie Annie Awards Voice Acting in a Feature Production Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
2011 British Independent Film Award British Independent Film Awards Best Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2011 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2011 IGN Award IGN Summer Movie Awards Best Movie Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2011 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2011 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Motion Picture Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2011 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2010 VGA Spike Video Game Awards Best Performance by a Human Male Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)
2009 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Dark Knight (2008) · Heath Ledger
· Morgan Freeman
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
· Aaron Eckhart
· Christian Bale
· Michael Caine
2009 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast The Dark Knight (2008) · Christian Bale
· Michael Caine
· Aaron Eckhart
· Morgan Freeman
· Maggie Gyllenhaal
· Heath Ledger
2005 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
2003 DVDX Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best Supporting Actor in a DVD Premiere Movie Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002)
2001 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male The Contender (2000)
2001 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role The Contender (2000)
2001 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Friends (1994)
1999 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Lost in Space (1998)
1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor - Action/Adventure Air Force One (1997)
1998 British Independent Film Award British Independent Film Awards Best British Director of an Independent Film Nil by Mouth (1997)
1998 British Independent Film Award British Independent Film Awards Best Original Screenplay by a British Writer of a Produced Independent Film Nil by Mouth (1997)
1998 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Air Force One (1997)
1998 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Air Force One (1997) · Harrison Ford
1997 Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival Nil by Mouth (1997)
1996 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screen Couple The Scarlet Letter (1995) · Demi Moore
· Robert Duvall
1994 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Léon (1994)
1993 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Dracula (1992) · Winona Ryder
1992 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
1988 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 Dublin Film Critics Award Dublin International Film Festival Best Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2011 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Actor Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

TitleSalary
The Dark Knight (2008) $3,000,000
Jesus (1999) $1,000,000
Lost in Space (1998) $5,000,000

#Fact
1 Actors Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon Levitt has citied Oldman as their inspiration.
2 Starred in David Bowie's music video David Bowie: The Next Day (2013) alongside Marion Cotillard, his co-star in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
3 As of July 2014, films starring Oldman have grossed over $3.8 billion at the United States box office, and over $9.9 billion worldwide. In 2012, The Hollywood Reporter named Oldman the highest-grossing actor in history, based on lead and supporting roles.
4 Auditioned for Royal Academy Of Dramatic Arts (RADA) but was rejected and told by advisers that he should consider something besides acting.
5 Used to work various jobs on assembly lines, as a porter in an operating theatre, selling shoes and beheading pigs in an abattoir.
6 He is of English, with a smaller amount of Irish, ancestry.
7 In Chicago, Illinois filming The Dark Knight (2008). [August 2007]
8 Filmed a role in The Thin Red Line (1998) but all his scenes were deleted from the final cut.
9 Is the third actor to be nominated for an Oscar for playing a role in a John le Carré novel adaptation. The others were Richard Burton for The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) and Rachel Weisz who won the award for her performance in The Constant Gardener (2005).
10 Director Patrice Chéreau originally wanted him for the lead role in Intimacy (2001), but he turned it down because of the sex scenes.
11 Before his nod for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), he was considered one of the greatest actors never nominated for an Oscar.
12 Received the scar below his right eye during a rehearsal for Meantime (1984) , where Tim Roth threw a bottle that hit a light and fell on Oldman.
13 Was famously told by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) to find a new career other than acting before training at Rose Bruford.
14 Friends with Benedict Cumberbatch.
15 Is the second actor to be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for playing a lead character in a John le Carré novel adaptation. This first was Richard Burton for "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold," which featured George Smiley.
16 In 2011, he named his five favorite films as Apocalypse Now (1979), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather: Part II (1974), Badlands (1973) and Ratcatcher (1999) and cites his director from Dracula (1992), Francis Ford Coppola, as his favorite filmmaker.
17 Actors Tom Hardy and Alexander Skarsgård have named Oldman as their favorite actor.
18 Attended the Greenwich and Lewisham Young Peoples Theatre in South East London before going to drama school. Other former attendees are actors Kathy Burke, Stephen Manwaring and Stella Barnes.
19 Directed a music video for Jewish Hip-Hop group Chutzpah shot entirely on Nokia Cell Phones. Actress Juliet Landau directed a 25 minute documentary - Take Flight: Gary Oldman Directs Chutzpah (2009) - about the making of the music video.
20 Lives in Los Angeles.
21 Harry Potter co-actor Jason Isaacs lists him as one of his favorite actors.
22 Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#72). [2007].
23 His sister Laila Morse plays the character "Big Mo" in the British soap opera EastEnders (1985).
24 Is very close to actor and co-star in the Harry Potter franchise Daniel Radcliffe.
25 Has been an inspiration to many actors including up and comers Michael Fassbender, Bo Barrett, Ryan Gosling, Shia LaBeouf, Chris Kato, and Kaili Thorne.
26 Performed a vocal duet with David Bowie for the song "You've Been Around" on the 1995 album "The Sacred Squall of Now" by longtime Bowie guitarist Reeves Gabrels. He is also featured on the song "Stamford Hill" on the same album.
27 Spokesperson for Nokia.
28 Trained at Rose Bruford Drama School Sidcup, Kent. Other actors who trained there include Freddie Jones, Ray Fearon, Tom Baker and Stephen Armourae.
29 His performance as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986) is ranked #62 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
30 Uncle of Gerry Bromfield and Tracy Bromfield.
31 He and his ex-wife, Uma Thurman, have both appeared in Batman films. Thurman played Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin (1997), and Oldman played James Gordon in Batman Begins (2005).
32 Although he has spent much of his career playing psychotic and sadistic characters, he has recently moved away from that on-screen image by playing more likeable, sympathetic characters like Sirius Black (in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)) and Jim Gordon (in Batman Begins (2005)).
33 Like Ian McKellen, he has taken on popular characters in screen adaptations of cult favorite fantasy novels and comic books. He appeared as James Gordon in Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008) and as Sirius Black in the middle three Harry Potter films: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).
34 In two movies, his characters have had dynamic relationships with mob bosses named Falcone. In Romeo Is Bleeding (1993), he was working FOR Don Falcone, and in Batman Begins (2005), he was working to bring down Carmine Falcone. In both instances, his character was a cop.
35 Graduated from Rose Bruford Drama College 3 year acting course BA-Hons, London, England.
36 Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993.
37 Appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) with Ralph Fiennes. Both of them have played villains in the Hannibal Lecter series: Fiennes played Francis Dolarhyde in Red Dragon (2002), and Oldman played Mason Verger in Hannibal (2001).
38 Henry & June (1990) is the only film in which he's been credited as "Maurice Escargot".
39 Submitted a recorded voice audition for General Grievous in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). George Lucas later chose the anonymous audition of Matthew Wood for the role instead.
40 His film Nil by Mouth (1997) is loosely based upon his own life growing up in London.
41 Has played Lee Harvey Oswald in both JFK (1991) and Frontline: Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? (1993).
42 He was awarded the 1985 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actor for his performance in "The Pope's Wedding".
43 He and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) co-star Timothy Spall have both played the character of Rosencrantz; Spall in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996), Oldman in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990).
44 Has used a different speaking voice (i.e. accent) in practically every movie he's ever been in.
45 His library includes essays on Bertolt Brecht, poetry by Roger McGough, a biography of Montgomery Clift, The Elizabethan World Picture, all things William Shakespeare and Jane Austen.
46 On 8 August 1991, he was arrested for drunk driving in L.A. and released on bail the next morning. His passenger in the car was pal, Kiefer Sutherland.
47 Sons, with Donya Fiorentino: Gulliver Flynn Oldman, born 20 August 1997 and Charlie John, born 11 February 1999.
48 Has one son, Alfie Oldman, born in 1988, from his first marriage to Lesley Manville.
49 Considered a career in music.

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1 [on "The King Of Cool" Steve McQueen] He just made acting look as effortless as breathing.
2 [on his character Jackie from State of Grace (1990)] I'll tell you what's also interesting. On the surface of it, my language in the film is full of four-letter words, but that's mixed with a kind of poetic elegance. It's terribly subtle, but the tune, the lilt, is still very Irish even though it's New York slang. It gives a kind of pelt bristling beneath the cloth.
3 [on his character Jackie from State of Grace (1990)] He's a sweetheart. I miss him. I just think he needs a good cuddle. [laughs] He's a very tormented soul, Jackie. The reason I like characters like him is that they are bright, they're passionate, they have got the gift of gab. I mean, Jackie should go to drama school!
4 Sometimes not getting a role ends up being the best thing. When a project turns out to be a disaster, you look at it and go, "Wow, I dodged a bullet there."
5 More and more, people in this culture are able to hide behind comedy and satire to say things we can't ordinarily say, because it's all too politically correct.
6 Now we're in this thing where everything has to be analyzed and dissected behind the scenes. I personally never want to know how the guy pulls the rabbit out of the hat. I don't need people prying. Maybe I'm shy. I don't know. You look at a movie like Hannibal (2001), and even with all that make-up, it was the most free I've ever been. I think it's because I was hidden. On the other side of that coin, the most stressful role, the most painful to do, was Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). There's no mask. It's very exposed. You have to play boring in an interesting way. Not that Smiley is a boring character, but he's plain. Everything is dialed way down. You look at something like _The Professional_ or True Romance (1993) or even State of Grace (1990), and there's a kinetic sort of ferocity and a fire to those characters, where the volume is up. I understand why Alec Guinness had a kind of nervous breakdown leading up to the shooting of the original Tinker Tailor and wanted out. I had a breakdown too, briefly. At first I passed on the movie, but then I couldn't stop thinking about it. Once I signed on, I thought, Fuck me! I can't do this. I can't pull this off. Everybody's going to see what a fake I am. This is the moment I get found out. Who does he think he is? He thinks he's Alec Guinness. Now, normally I agonize after a movie, not before. I'll walk down a street and suddenly I'm thinking of a scene I did two years ago. I'll go, "That's how I should have done that line."
7 I know it certainly doesn't mean anything to win a Golden Globe, that's for sure. It's a meaningless event. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is kidding you that something's happening. They're fucking ridiculous. There's nothing going on at all. It's 90 nobodies having a wank. Everybody's getting drunk, and everybody's sucking up to everybody. Boycott the fucking thing. Just say we're not going to play this silly game with you anymore. The Oscars are different. But it's showbiz. It's all showbiz. That makes me sound like I've got sour grapes or something, doesn't it?
8 I just think political correctness is crap. That's what I think about it. I think it's like, take a fucking joke. Get over it. I heard about a science teacher who was teaching that God made the earth and God made everything and that if you believe anything else you're stupid. A Buddhist kid in the class got very upset about this, so the parents went in and are suing the school! The school is changing its curriculum! I thought, All right, go to the school and complain about it and then that's the end of it. But they're going to sue! No one can take a joke anymore.
9 There's a lot of rubbish talked about acting, and it's often propagated by practitioners of it. You just want to say, "Oh, shut up."
10 [on Air Force One (1997)] That movie had some enjoyable moments. I remember the flight deck was on a sound stage and there was a big sign that said "No Drinking, No Smoking and No Eating On Set." At one point I looked over and [Harrison Ford] was in the doorway beneath the sign with a burrito, a cigar and a cup of coffee, which I thought was hilarious. I could never get the image out of my head. Nowadays we would take out an iPhone and post something like that on Instagram.
11 I'm trying to give my sons an education about movies as well. You sit there and watch a comedy, let's say Meet the Fockers (2004), and it's Robert De Niro. You tell them this guy was at one time considered the greatest living actor. My boys look at me and say, "Really? This guy? He's a middle-aged dad." So what I've tried to do recently is introduce them one by one to the great movies of the 1970s - The Godfather (1972), Mean Streets (1973), The Deer Hunter (1978), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), the work of Lindsay Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, John Cazale, Peter Sellers. I try to give them a sense of what cinema used to be like rather than just these tent-pole movies that come and go on demand within five minutes. Don't get me wrong; there are directors I would still want to work with - Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson. I've never worked with Todd Haynes. I love John Sayles. I've never worked with Scorsese. A great director is a great artist.
12 It was the most thrilling experience watching myself for the first time in JFK (1991), for example, because I couldn't believe I was in it - Oliver Stone at the very height of his powers, the sheer energy of it all, his commitment. When I saw the finished product I had to pinch myself. I thought, Wow, I'm in this movie. This is terrific.
13 I'm 56 now, and if you've managed to work as long as I have, you understand that these roles everyone fusses over are your career; they're not your life. It's just a job, really. You have financial responsibilities, you have children, you have all those things all the regular people have. Honestly, I forget I'm an actor until I'm reminded.
14 [on Sin (2003)] Oh God, that's possibly the worst movie ever made. I even felt sorry for the trees they cut down for the script paper. I hadn't worked, I needed some money after the divorce (from Donya Fiorentino in 2001). If you're a connoisseur of the terrible, you might get a twisted joy out of it.
15 I don't remember doing Sid and Nancy (1986). I've wiped that from the hard drive.
16 Clint Eastwood gave me the best advice when I directed: 'Get more sleep than your actors.'
17 [on the two versions of 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'] I got from the book that there's a little bit of a sadist in George Smiley and, if anything, (Alec) Guinness' was a little more huggable than mine.
18 [on why George Smiley is the role of a lifetime] Well, first of all, it's a role that's all subtext, it's all inside, it's all going on but you're not necessarily expressing it. It's an iconic part, it's just a wonderful leading role and it's the sort of role that one, in a career, dreams about. It's a role that will come along once or twice. If you look at any of those great parts, for instance, you take someone like Daniel Day Lewis -- who I think, any way you slice it, is a genius actor. But look at Daniel Plainview (Lewis's character in There Will Be Blood (2007)). How often do you get a Daniel Plainview? [Robert] De Niro has some incredible roles, but one does think of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976). It's hard to top them. So this kind of role -- and when I say this kind of role, I usually play extrovert characters -- this role is also very quiet, it's subdued, it requires a different kind of thing, it's a minimalist performance in that sense. It's a "please don't ask me to bounce off the walls anymore," you know what I mean? I've been waiting for it.
19 [on receiving an Oscar nomination for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)] One of my career ambitions was fulfilled working with John Hurt. I loved his work long before I ever had the idea of being an actor, so I was nervous to meet him. I was like a fanboy, like that annoying character on 'Saturday Night Live'. I'm sitting there. 'Do you remember when you were in Midnight Express (1978)? Remember that scene you were in?' And he doesn't disappoint.
20 [on Sid and Nancy (1986)] I was never really that interested in the punk movement. I was a blues guy: I liked Motown, James Brown. I read the script and thought it was a load of rubbish. But my agent said, "They're offering £35,000". I was getting £80 a week at the Royal Court at the time and I thought "I could do with a flat", it changed my life overnight.
21 I didn't do drugs. It wasn't my thing. But the drink was terrible. Today when I look back, it's like I was another person. You could call it a coping mechanism, but that would be an excuse. I just drank too much.
22 Britain has always had spies and I think we've spied rather well. But we have a rather romantic view of it and [John le Carré] was the first to really show the reality. He told me that you would be given an assignment and go to Russia or to Czechoslovakia. You would be sent to watch someone. You would be in some miserable little room with a fake ID, and it would be very lonely and often very boring. He said that the terror of having your cover blown was exhausting: you were always waiting for the footsteps on the stairs. I guess that's why so many of them hit the bottle.
23 [on his character George Smiley from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)] George is a man of few words. He doesn't need the karate and the fast car and the gun. That's what makes George dangerous, is the fact that he does blend in and he disappears. He's the one to watch. He's the leopard camouflaged by the jungle, ready to pounce, so its nice to play someone like that. He operates from a very unseemly passive position.
24 [1987, on losing 45 pounds to play Sid Vicious] I was obsessed with being really, really, really, skinny. I thought, this is the visual image I want to present, I want this before I do anything else.
25 [1990, on preparing for his role in State of Grace (1990)] The only research I did was drinking in Irish bars.
26 [1990] I made the decision not to always play the token Englishman. I think the real juicy roles in my generation are going to go to the American actors.
27 [1990] With Sid and Nancy (1986), I'd never really liked the script. It put me off cause I think it was a rather inarticulate, monosyllabic, banal kind of generation of people. I liked that particular idea (director) Alex Cox had developed, to do a love story about Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. But that was about all it had going for it. In terms of dialogue, it was quite terrible. And I think we did a good job of lifting some of that off the page and making it work. Acting is a passion, I'm obsessed. It drives my girlfriend mad cause I'm so self obsessed. I don't want any stone left unturned. I wanted to be Sid Vicious, I didn't want to play him. But there are two scenes I'm happy with a couple of scenes that maybe worked, I never enjoyed the film.
28 [1997, on Nil by Mouth (1997)] To be very honest with you, these lucrative villains subsidize the more personal stuff. Air Force One (1997)'s not a movie I'd particularly want to go and see myself, it's just not my cup of tea. But I'm lucky that I have this lucrative second career. I'm getting older, I'm nearly 40 and I've got responsibilities and a family. I've got to put food on the table and pay the mortgage like everybody else. If I want to take time away from the marketplace as an actor, and take two years out of my life to go off and do something like this that I feel very passionate about, I have to go and do a movie like "Air Force One" that buys me freedom, as cynical as that sounds.
29 [1997, on the paparazzi] I once had dinner with Brad Pitt at the Ivy in London and when we came out of the restaurant we were surrounded by hoards of photographers waiting for him not me. We had to drive off like the clappers with them chasing. And they were chasing us right through the red lights. It was like the Grand Prix going through the center of London. I couldn't believe it.
30 [1997, on quitting drinking] I did a lot of stupid things. When you're drunk, you think you can pull any bird in the room and they'll just love the idea of it. You also think you can say anything you like to anybody without them taking offense. Actually, you need the sauce to fill whatever hole that's there in yourself. And, believe it or not, I was always a bit shy and retiring really. Honest. But a lot of the time, I wasn't partying. I was drinking alone, which is worse, it's often solitary and desperate. I got to the point where I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I talked on the phone when it wasn't plugged in, and I was getting out of bed, crawling across the floor on my hands and knees, vomiting in the shower and blaming it on the shampoo. You name it, I've probably been there. And back again.
31 [2001, on his gift with accents] I can do a rough approximation of virtually any accent. I've always done them; as a kid I used to do the Beatles as a party piece. When I was with the Royal Court Theatre we used to piss around and people would say, "I bet you can't do Zimbabwe," so I did it. The accent on The Contender (2000) - Illinois - was the hardest I ever had to do, because there's no melody to catch on to. Most accents have a music to them, but Illinois is a very flat, unimaginative thing.
32 [2001, on if he was bothered by not getting an Oscar nomination for The Contender (2000), which many thought he would] I cared, yes. An Oscar would have been nice - it would have got me closer to what I want to do, which is make more films. But I didn't care for very long. The nominations come and if you're not on the list you go, "Oh well," like I've done a lot of times before.
33 [1990, on State of Grace (1990)] It's the best thing I've ever done. Ever. Ever. We could do 20 or 30 takes - do it until we got it right. I'm not saying you always need that for it all to gel and be brilliant, but it lets you forget about the finance and just fly. On something like Prick Up Your Ears (1987) you had to get it in one or two takes. Because those kind of movies - British movies - are made for very little money.
34 [1990, on his role in Criminal Law (1988)] I've got nothing in common with 'Ben Chase'. That's why it seemed like a good idea to take the part. It was my first opportunity to ever play a leading man, in the true sense. And, yeah, it was fun. I'm not going to pretend - I can't pretend - it's a work of art.
35 [1998, on quitting drinking] There was a day--well, not a day; there was never just a day. There were three-day, four-day, one-week benders. You'd come out of a five-day run of mind-stoking consumption. Mind-stroking. And I would come out the end of it, and "Just this one time...." There were no excuses anymore. That was it. I just read this book, Drinking, A Love Story. There's not a sentence or a page I can't read without going, Yeah. Very simply, you have to live life on life's terms. There is no buffer anymore. You feel the feelings. You experience the experience. Sometimes that can be thrilling and wonderful. It's like the focus pullers--you finally see the image very sharp: "Ah, there it is." I used to--life was sort of a blur of massive color. But I'm still working on all of that, yeah. Like I said, there were just no more excuses. "Hey, the sun's shining! Let's have a martini! Hey, it's raining; let's have a bottle of whiskey. I'm happy; let's celebrate. I'm sad; let's drink."
36 [1998] I loved America when I first came in '81. I moved to New York and I said, "I'm home. This is my town." I'm not one of those Brits that goes to the English pub and plays cricket under the Hollywood sign. I really immersed myself in the culture. And I work in the industry as an American. I have a fantastic ear, and I'm a great people watcher.
37 [1998] If you see me in Air Force One (1997), then you see Nil by Mouth (1997), you get a pretty good idea of what I did with the cash. It does fit together, in a crazy way. There are two Garys that are operating. I'm out there looking for a good role, primarily. But I'm looking for a good price tag, so it would buy me freedom. But there's also the other Gary, who thinks he's wasting his time doing it. There are other things I should be doing. I shouldn't be struggling on a movie set trying to utter some unutterable piece of junk, when I could be playing Iago on the stage, or Hamlet. "Nil By Mouth" is representative of who I am as an artist and what I'm about. But when you play those great parts, and you say those great lines every night--you can't do Shakespeare eight shows a week for six months and not come out a better, more enriched person for it. You can't have understanding and poetry in your mouth and not have your life unfettered by it. I'm certainly going to get a lot more from it than saying, "Mr. President, get your hands up!"
38 [on filming Murder in the First (1995) when the 1994 Northridge earthquake hit] I was thrown against the wall and I was actually under the door frame, which is where you are supposed to be, but the door frame was the set, and there I am, holding on to props. I'm holding on to cardboard, and I can still smell the glue that's drying.
39 [on James Stewart] He's almost too tall to be a star in a strange kind of way. He's too skinny and he's got this really strange voice when he talked and you just think this shouldn't work. He's not Humphrey Bogart, he's not Edward G. Robinson, he's not James Cagney and yet somehow it's magic.
40 [SAG acceptance speech on behalf of Heath Ledger] Heath Ledger was an extraordinary young man with an extraordinary talent.
41 Being an actor is a good way to earn a living. And to meet fabulous people. It's great to live very comfortably. I've been lucky, I've had a lot of fun with great roles, but it is true that if I were extremely rich, I would stop and I would go to play football on a beach in the Caribbean with my children. (2004)
42 [2008] There are roles that you play. I've played roles that it happens easier than others, it doesn't feel like you're working, it's as easy as breathing. And there are other ones that you really have to work hard for. It's often because of the writing.
43 [on True Romance (1993)] I hadn't read the script, and knew nothing about it. Tony Scott and I had tea at the Four Seasons and he said, 'Look, I can't really explain the plot. But Drexl's a pimp who's white but thinks he's black'. That was all I needed to hear. I said, 'Yes, I'll do it'.
44 [on True Romance (1993)] I organized Drexl's dreadlocks under my own steam. Then I went to the dentist who made the teeth. Then I thought about the weird eye. I'm only in the film for about 10 minutes - I wanted to make my mark.
45 I suddenly got obsessive about boxing and Muhammad Ali around the time he was fighting Joe Frazier. I went off and did boxing. I looked incredibly good in the gym.
46 I applaud anything that can take a kid away from a PlayStation or a Gameboy. That is a miracle in itself.
47 To be able to do this job in the first place you've got to have a bit of an ego.
48 There's an uncanny thing that chemically happens to you when you're in the chronic stages of alcoholic drinking. I have been able, on occasions, to have two bottles of vodka and still be up talking to people. That got very frightening. By nature I'm an isolationalist, so my boozing was at home, thank you. I was not a goer-outer. I mean, I didn't drink for the taste and I didn't want to be social. Someone once described alcoholics as egomaniacs with low self-esteem. Perfect definition.
49 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.
50 [on the shooting for his writing/directing debut Nil by Mouth (1997)]: I set aside three weeks for rehearsals. Those long scenes are like a play. But I wanted things loosely structured, more like jazz. Though there was very little improv on screen, sometimes we'd improvise, rev up, to get the energy before shooting. One rule that I broke was that you need to leave a little air between people's lines, that you can't overlap dialogue because you'll clip words on a cut. But you can overlap dialogue, even though editors don't like it. Otherwise, it's your turn to talk, my turn. Another thing: I used only one camera! I'd say to the cameraman, "I need it from this angle!" From my brief association with Isabella Rossellini, I got a new appreciation of Pier Paolo Pasolini and how he was religious about where the camera should go, whether it was too high, too low. I would ask questions on the set, quietly: "For this emotion, is the camera angle too wide, is the camera too low?" I wanted night to look like night! I bullied the cameraman a bit until he got into the swing. You could pick up the light metre and say, seeing how little light, "You've got to be fucking joking!"
51 I used to be under the impression that in some kind of wanky, bullshit way, acting was like therapy: you get in and grapple with and exorcise all those demons inside of you. I don't believe that anymore. It's like a snow shaker. You shake the thing up, but it can't escape the glass. It can't get out. And it will settle until the next time you shake it up.
52 Any actor who tells you that they have become the people they play, unless they're clearly diagnosed as a schizophrenic, is bullshitting you.
53 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.
54 I had this idea of myself as a shy, kind, sweet chap. I was working with Winona Ryder and she turned to me and said, "Fuck, man, you're really intense!" I was so shocked, I went, "What do you mean? I'm not intense, I'm sweet!" My passion and energy get mistaken for anger.
55 [on making Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)]: I've done so much R-rated work, it's nice to have a job you can show your kids.
56 With Beethoven [Immortal Beloved (1994)] I said I wanted a role where I didn't have to do anything stupid with my hair. My agent said "Read it again!".
57 [on portraying famous people]: It's a double-edged sword because, in one sense, you have a lot of material to work with, but in a strange kind of way, that puts up a framework that you have to keep within. You can't play Beethoven with pink hair but, to an extent, because no-one has ever met him, who's going to tell me that's not Beethoven?
58 We're given a code to live our lives by. We don't always follow it but it's still there.
59 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.

#Trademark
1 Ability to mimic different voices and accents with perfection
2 Often plays real-life individuals or iconic fictional characters
3 Often plays reluctant Heroes who assist the main character
4 His ability to change his appearance and voice to make every character unique
5 Characters are usually borderline psychotics. Also known for playing a wide variety of roles that often requires a variety of different accents.

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