Gary Oldman is an English actor known for playing eccentrics and for his mastery of accents.
He has had numerous memorable movie roles, including a pimp (True Romance), a disfigured paedophile (Hannibal), a futuristic megacorp tyrant (The Fifth Element), a corrupt DEA officer (Léon), a sadistic prison warden (Murder in the First), a Russian terrorist (Air Force One), and a violent football hooligan (The Firm.)
Other films he has appeared in include Remembrance (1982); Sid and Nancy (1986); Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990); State of Grace (1990); Henry & June (1990); JFK (1991); Dracula (1992); True Romance (1993); Romeo Is Bleeding (1993); Immortal Beloved (1994); The Scarlet Letter (1995); Basquiat (1996); Lost in Space (1998); The Contender (2000); Interstate 60 (2002); Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004); Batman Begins (2005); and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).
He has appeared in the television series Knots Landing; Fallen Angels; Tracey Takes On...; and Friends.
In 1997, he directed, produced, and wrote Nil by Mouth, partially based on his life.
Despite a number of critically acclaimed roles, Oldman has never been nominated for an Academy Award.