Happy Birthday, Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman is one of my absolute favorite actors. He has played such a diverse cast of characters: Sid Vicious, Joe Orton, Lee Harvey Oswald, Dracula, Drexl Spivey, Beethoven, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg, Sirius Black, Jim Gordon and George Smiley, to name a few. My favorite performance of his, however, is as Norman Stansfield in Luc Besson’s 1994 masterpiece The Professional. The bathroom scene with Mathilda (12-year-old Natalie Portman in her film debut) is brilliant.

“Death is… whimsical today.”

Happy 54th, Gary!

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2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Gary Oldman

  1. Truly one of the better actors we have working right now. The stuff he did in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, though far from a flashy role of any kind, was a true masterclass in acting. Happy birthday, indeed!

    • I concur, his performance in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was fantastic. I loved the subtlety and quiet power in Smiley’s words and actions (as well as the awesome glasses and trench coat, of course).

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