Sir Michael Gambon, best known for portraying Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series, has died at 82.
Originating from Dublin, Ireland, Gambon’s illustrious career covered television, film, theatre, and radio for over fifty years.
A four-time BAFTA recipient and Tony Award nominee, Gambon’s passing came after complications from pneumonia, as shared by his grieving widow, Lady Gambon, and their son, Fergus.
Launching his career with Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre company in London, Gambon clinched three Olivier Awards for his remarkable theatre performances.
His versatility was evident in roles such as the French detective Jules Maigret for ITV and Philip Marlow in the BBC’s The Singing Detective.
After Richard Harris’s demise in 2003, Gambon assumed the iconic role of Dumbledore, bringing magic to the screen in six of the eight Harry Potter movies. His exemplary skills earned him Emmy nominations for the 2010 rendition of Jane Austen’s Emma and as President Lyndon B. Johnson in 2002’s Path to War.
1997 saw him win a Tony nomination for David Hare’s play Skylight. Renowned as “The Great Gambon” within the acting fraternity, his final bow was in a 2012 staging of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall.
In recognition of his monumental contribution to arts and entertainment, Gambon was knighted in 1998.