Gary Oldman

The son of a welder and a homemaker, Gary Oldman was born in London on March 21, 1958.

After achieving great success on the stage -- including a London Critics Circle Theatre Award for his performance in "The Pope's Wedding" -- Oldman stunned audiences with his gritty portrayal of the doomed punk rocker Sid Vicious in 1986's biopic Sid and Nancy. Known for slipping seamlessly into a variety of characters -- often borderline psychotics -- and for his amazing ability with accents, Oldman has portrayed a diverse range of characters, including Lee Harvey Oswald, Beethoven and Dracula.

Notable films include Prick Up Your Ears (1987), Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990), State of Grace (1990), JFK (1991), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), True Romance (1993), Romeo Is Bleeding (1993), Immortal Beloved (1994), The Scarlet Letter (1995) and two Harry Potter movies.