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March 21, 1958
Oldman was born in New Cross, south London, the son of housewife Kathleen (née Cheriton; born 28 November 1919), and Leonard Bertram Oldman (21 May 1921 – October 1985), a former sailor who also worked as a welder.
He was an accomplished singer and pianist as a child, but gave up his musical aspirations to pursue an acting career after seeing Malcolm McDowell's performance in the 1970 film The Raging Moon. In a 1995 interview with Charlie Rose, Oldman said: "Something about Malcolm just arrested me, and I connected, and I said, 'I wanna do that'."
Oldman won a scholarship to attend the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in Sidcup, Kent, from which he graduated with a BA in Acting in 1979. After leaving school, Oldman was the first in his class to receive professional work.
Oldman participated in the creation of The Legend of Spyro games, produced by Sierra Entertainment. He provided the voice of the Fire Guardian, Ignitus. He voices Sergeant Viktor Reznov and scientist Daniel Clarke in the Call of Duty games. He also provides the narroration of Sergeant Jack Barnes in the Spearhead expansion for Medal of Honor: Allied Assault.
Peer Colin Firth described him as "a very strong candidate for the world’s best living actor".
Of his acting, Oldman has said, "It's my influence on those roles that probably they feel bigger than life and a little over-the-top. I mean, I do go for it a bit as an actor, I must admit." Oldman's proficiency with accents has been praised, and his on-screen diversity has brought critical acclaim. His in-depth research of roles has been noted, as well as his devotion to them: he was hospitalised after losing significant weight for Sid and Nancy.
"Being famous, that's a whole other career. And I haven't got any energy for it."- Gary Oldman
The Dark Knight Rises
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Dark Knight
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Air Force One
The Fifth Element
The Scarlet Letter
Murder In The First
Ludwig van Beethoven
Léon: The Professional
Romeo Is Bleeding
State of Grace
Sir Sidney Poitier
February 20, 1927
Sidney Poitier's parents were Bahamian farmers who traveled to Miami in the U.S.A. to sell tomatoes and other produce. Poitier was born in Miami while his parents were visiting. His birth was two months premature and he was not expected to survive. Though Poitier grew up in the Bahamas (then a British colony), because of his birth in the U.S., he automatically gained U.S. citizenship.
In 1963, Poitier became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field.
Since 1997, he has been the Bahamian ambassador to Japan.
On August 12, 2009, Sidney Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.
Nominated for 7 Golden Globes with 1 win. Nominated for 3 Henrietta Awards with 1 win and has won The Cecil B. Demille Award.
Nominated for 2 Academy Awards with 1 win.
A Raisin in the Sun
Lillies Of The Field
The Bedford Incident
To Sir, with Love
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
In The Heat Of The Night