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Sir Michael Gambon, the beloved actor who played Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films, died on September 28, 2023, at the age of 84. The cause of death was not immediately released.
A statement from his publicist, Clair Dobbs, broke the news. “We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon. Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his bedside, following a bout of pneumonia. Michael was 82.”
Gambon’s Breakout Role As Albus Dumbledore In Harry Potter
Gambon was one of Britain’s leading actors and known for his extensive work across both TV and film. He was even knighted for his services to drama and acting in 1998. But it was the role Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter that made him an international star.
Gambon became the new Dumbledore actor after Richard Harris died in 2002. He played the iconic wizard in the final five Harry Potter films, starting with The Prisoner of Azkaban.
Gambon’s performance as Dumbledore was widely praised by fans and critics alike. He brought a warmth and wisdom to the role that made him the perfect embodiment of the beloved character.
Michael Gambon’s Friends And Colleagues React To News Of His Death
After news broke of Gambon’s death, his friends and colleagues shared tributes online.
“Michael was a wonderful man in addition to being an outstanding actor,” Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling shared on X. “I absolutely loved working with him.”
Gambon’s co-stars in the Harry Potter films also paid tribute to him.
In a statement to The Guardian, Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, called Gamon “one of the most brilliant, effortless actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. He was silly, irreverent and hilarious. He loved his job, but never seemed defined by it.”
Gambon’s Early Years
Gambon was born in Ireland in 1940. He began his acting career in the early 1960s, appearing in a number of stage and television productions. He made his theater debut in Othello in 1962. A year later he got his first big break in 1963, when he landed a small role in the National Theatre Company’s Laurence Olivier directed production of Hamlet.
Gambon went on to have a long and successful career in both film and television. He appeared in a number of notable TV series and films, including The Singing Detective, Layer Cake, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, and The King’s Speech.
Gambon also won numerous awards for his work, including four BAFTA Awards (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), three Laurence Olivier awards, and two Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards.
In 2015, Gambon sadly retired from acting after struggling to remember his lines on stage. When discussing his retirement from acting, Gambon told the Sunday Times Magazine: “It’s a horrible thing to admit, but I can’t do it. It breaks my heart.”
Remembering Sir Michael John Gambon
Michael John Gambon was a beloved actor and a true icon of British cinema. He will be deeply missed by fans all over the world.