Actor GARY OLDMAN receives the International Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

He was born 21 March 1958 in London. He always loved music, but turned to acting when he won a scholarship to Britain's Rose Bruford Drama College, where he received a B.A. in theatre arts in 1979.

A member of the 1980s Brit Pack, Oldman came to prominence via his portrayals of Sid Vicious in "Sid and Nancy" (1986) and Joe Orton in "Prick Up Your Ears" (1987).

His Hollywood breakthrough came with his portrayals of Lee Harvey Oswald in "JFK" (1991) and the title character of "Dracula" (1992).

He has won two BAFTA Awards and a Saturn Award, and received nominations for Palme d'Or, Emmy-, Screen Actors Guild- and Independent Spirit Awards, among others. He has been described as one of, if not the, greatest actors never nominated for an Oscar.

In recent years he has been known for his portrayals of Sirius Black in the Harry Potter film series, Jim Gordon in Christopher Nolan's Batman film trilogy, and George Smiley in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (2011).

Aside from acting, he has served as a producer on several films, and directed, wrote and co-produced "Nil By Mouth" (1997), a film partially based on his own childhood.

Oldman has been married four times. He tied the knot with Alexandra Edenborough in 2008 and they are still together. He has 3 children, all from previous marriages.

Information for this article courtesy: The Internet Movie Database, Wikipedia