Gary Oldman is one of the best-known names in the contemporary entertainment scene and, having started performing in the late 1970s, he has risen to an incomparable fame that has earned him recognition and numerous awards.
Since his memorable rendition as Sirius Black in the saga ‘Harry Potter’which introduced him to a new generation of viewers, right down to his stunning transmutation into the biopic ‘The Destiny of a Nation’which awarded him a well-deserved Oscar statuette, Oldman has a legion of fans around the world and roles that few could play besides him.
To celebrate his career and his 64th birthday, celebrated today, March 21we put together this brief list separating five of his biggest and best-known roles.
Check out our picks below:
SIRIUS BLACK, Harry Potter (2004 – 2011)
After having immortalized some roles of universal acclaim by the critics, Oldman became one of the great thespians chosen to be part of the saga’s heavyweight cast ‘Harry Potter’. The actor brought to life none other than Sirius Black, one of the fan-favorite characters from the literary franchise, and embodied his dense and complex arc with haunting passion – going from a time-torn ex-con to a strong member of the Order of the Phoenix who met his end at the hands of his cousin, Bellatrix Lestrange.
Oldman was not part of just one of the most celebrated film franchises of the century, but two. Shortly after being cast as Sirius in ‘Harry Potter’the actor would immortalize another iconic cultural character popCommissioner James Gordon, in the trilogy ‘The dark Knight’from Christopher Nolan. Embodying the bailiff’s antics, Oldman played a morally and ethically driven man who loses hope of protecting Gotham when he realizes that most of the police department is corrupt and does what the local mafia dictates. – eventually recovering what was lost with the arrival of Batman.
If you haven’t watched the thriller spy ‘The Spy Who Knew Too Much’, you should stop everything you’re doing and check out one of the best productions of the genre of the past decade. Here, Oldman delivers a spectacular performance and plays the protagonist George Smiley, one of the best-known characters in the literary pantheon of John le Carre – who is forced out of retirement to prevent British intelligence secrets from leaking to the Russians and turning the Cold War into a war.
‘The Destiny of a Nation’ may not be one of the director’s more solid entries Joe Wrightbut it is one of the performances Oldman’s most memorable and acclaimed films. In the plot, the actor plays the former Prime Minister of England Winston Churchill, who faced internal and external problems at the most crucial moment of World War II. For his work, Oldman won an Oscar, SAG Award, Critics’ Choice Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA in the category of best actor.
HERMAN J. MANKIEWICZ, Mank (2020)
In one of his recent forays into the audiovisual scene, Oldman prepared to embody another important name in American culture – this time being cast by the legendary director David Fincher to play the screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz in the biopic ‘Missing’. Mankiewicz was hugely successful in the 1930s and 1940s, gaining notoriety for co-signing the classic ‘Citizen Kane’ beside Orson Welles. For his performance, Oldman won another Oscar nomination in the category and best actor.