Acting Legend Gary Oldman Reveals ‘Retirement Is on the Horizon’

After a long and illustrious career playing good guys, bad guys, and everything in between, Gary Oldman has hinted at his coming retirement. Among Hollywood’s best and longest working actors, Gary Oldman has a net worth estimated at over $40 million in 2021, has over 100 acting credits, and earned an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 2018 for Darkest Hour. Undoubtedly having achieved legendary status, Oldman’s retirement would certainly be a dark hour for Hollywood.

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Gary Oldman’s latest role in Apple TV+’s Slow Horses

Oldman’s current project, Apple TV+’s Slow Horses, sees the veteran actor return to television. Based on the book by the same name, Oldman’s Jackson Lamb lends humor and a begrudging paternal influence to the series while his character leads a rather discouraged, downtrodden group of secret agents at Slough House. Oldman continues his role in the upcoming Slow Horses season 2, based on author Mick Herron’s second book in the Jackson Lamb series, Dead Lions.

An interview reveals Gary Oldman’s retirement is coming

Considering his long and diversified career, it comes as no shock that Gary Oldman would be ready to retire, telling Deadline “retirement is on the horizon.” However, Mick Herron’s series already consists of eight books, and Oldman seems ready to play his role throughout the series.

“I could see myself playing Jackson for the next how many years, yeah … You know, to be able to sort of wrap it all up playing Jackson Lamb, I would consider myself very honored and very lucky to be able to do that.” 

Lending further hope to fans, Oldman tells Deadline, “There’s always something that may come in, and you know, get the taste buds going,” leading to the idea that he may still be on the lookout for more great roles — if there are any left he hasn’t already played.

Gary Oldman movies and his A-list career so far

Gary Oldman has been in every movie and played every role ever. Well, not quite, but nearly. Beginning his career in theater, Oldman began acting on the screen in 1982. Since then, he has played Sid Vicious, Lee Harvey Oswald, Dylan Thomas, Dracula, the Devil, Pontius Pilate, Beethoven, and Elvis.

In The Fifth Element, he played the eccentric arms-dealer Zorg and Harry Potter fans know him as the wizard and part-time black, shaggy dog, Sirius Black. In 2005, Oldman played Commissioner Jim Gordon in Batman Begins and he reprised his “good-guy” role in both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Then, in 2010, he played Carnegie in The Book of Eli. 

It was his role as George Smiley in 2011’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy that earned him his first nomination for an Academy Award, and, though he did not take home the statue that year, his portrayal of Winston Churchill in 2017’s Darkest Hour finally made him an Academy Award winner. Since then, Oldman has continued his success with another nomination for Mank in 2021. He is also one of the many huge stars attached to Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated Oppenheimer, which is currently filming and set to release next year.

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