Michael Gambon, the beloved Irish actor who played Albus Dumbledore in the final six Harry Potter films, has died at the age of 82. His family announced his death on Thursday, September 28, 2023, following a bout of pneumonia.
Gambon was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1940. He began his acting career in the theater in the 1960s, and quickly established himself as one of the most versatile and talented actors of his generation. He won numerous awards for his stage work, including a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.
In the 1980s, Gambon began to appear in more film and television roles. He starred in a number of critically acclaimed films, including The Singing Detective, Gorky Park, and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. He also appeared in popular films such as Robin Hood and Braveheart.
In 2004, Gambon was cast as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series, following the death of Richard Harris, who had played the role in the first two films. Gambon brought his own unique interpretation to the role, and his Dumbledore was both wise and compassionate, but also more stern and demanding than Harris’s portrayal.
Gambon appeared in six of the Harry Potter films, from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. His performance as Dumbledore was widely praised by fans and critics alike, and he is considered to be one of the most iconic actors in the Harry Potter franchise.
In addition to his work in the Harry Potter films, Gambon continued to appear in a variety of other films and television shows throughout his career. He starred in films such as Cold Mountain, Elizabeth R, and Eye in the Sky. He also had recurring roles on television shows such as The Crown and Fortitude.
Gambon was a highly respected actor, and his death is a major loss to the entertainment industry. He was a true legend, and his performances will continue to be enjoyed by audiences for generations to come.