Happy 54th birthday Oliver!
Born in Windsor, Ontario (Canada). Educated in Colorado. Majored in drama at Tufts University (outside Boston). He started out in theater and his first major movie role was in 1988’s Married to the Mob.
1990 sci-fi drama directed by Joel Schumacher (one of the very fews things he did that didn’t suck). Oliver stars alongside Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, and William Baldwin about a group of medical students that try to figure out if there is life beyond death.
2. The Three Musketeers
This 1993 action film based on the Alexandre Dumas novel was directed by Stephen Herek. Oliver stars as the musketeer Porthos. I loved his character in this film. Also startting in this film were Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Tim Curry, Rebecca De Mornay, Michael Wincott, and Chris O’Donnell.
3. Dr. Doolittle
1998 comedy film with Eddie Murphy in the title role. It was directed by Betty Thomas and also starred Peter Boyle and the voice of Norm Macdonald.
4. Bicentennial Man
1999 sci-fi/comedy/drama with Robin Williams in the “title” role. It was directed by Chris Columbus. Also in this film were Sam Neill and Stephen Root.
In this 2008 biopic directed by Ron Howard, Oliver stars as Bob Zelnick. Former President Richard Nixon was played by Frank Langella and journalist David Frost was played by Michael Sheen. Also in the film were Kevin Bacon (ah, more 6 Degrees to Kevin Bacon ammunition), and Sam Rockwell.
6. X-Men: First Class
Oliver has a small role in this 2011 sci-fi, superhero film as the head of CIA’s Division X. This film was directed by Matthew Vaughn (although it would have been a much better movie had it been directed by Bryan Singer). Also starring in this film were James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon (yes, more ammo), Jennifer Lawrence, along with a very very brief cameo by Hugh Jackman.