Harry Potter actor Michael Gambon passes away at 82
PTC Web Desk: Renowned British-Irish actor Michael Gambon, best known for his iconic portrayal of Albus Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter films, has passed away at the age of 82, as confirmed by his family on Thursday.
During his illustrious acting career spanning television, film, radio, and theater, Michael Gambon earned accolades, including four television BAFTAs and an Olivier award. However, he is most beloved for his role as the wise headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter series.
In a statement, his family expressed their devastation over the loss of Sir Michael Gambon. He peacefully passed away in the hospital while being surrounded by his wife Anne and son Fergus, following a battle with pneumonia.
Gambon, originally from Ireland, embarked on his acting journey in the theater world, making his stage debut in Dublin in 1962 with a production of "Othello." He gained recognition in the UK for his role as a French detective in the ITV series "Maigret" and for his performance as Philip Marlow in Dennis Potter's "The Singing Detective" in 1986.
In addition to his television work, Gambon delivered a memorable performance in the BBC's adaptation of JK Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy" in 2015. He also left his mark on the theater stage with notable appearances in productions like Alan Ayckbourn's "The Norman Conquests," "The Life Of Galileo," and Nicholas Hytner's National Theatre productions of "Henry IV."
His film credits include roles in period dramas such as "The King's Speech" (2010) and "Gosford Park" (2001).
However, Gambon's global fame came from his portrayal of Albus Dumbledore, beginning with the first Harry Potter film in 1997. He was knighted in 1998 for his remarkable contributions to the entertainment industry.
Upon hearing the news of his passing, tributes from fellow celebrities and fans began pouring in, highlighting his immense talent and charm. Jeremy Clarkson, former presenter of "Top Gear," fondly remembered Gambon as a "tremendous guest" and noted that they even named a corner on the show's racetrack in his honour.
- With inputs from agencies