Sir Michael Gambon Actor who played Dumbledore in Harry Potter Passes Away Peacefully

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Sir Michael Gambon Actor who played Dumbledore in Harry Potter Passes Away Peacefully

Esteemed actor Sir Michael Gambon has peacefully passed away at the age of 82 in a hospital, as disclosed by his family today.

Sir Michael Gambon, a towering figure in British theater and cinema, embarked on a remarkable 60-year career that began with him sharing the stage with Sir Laurence Olivier. Among newer generations, he is fondly remembered for his portrayal of Albus Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter films.

Gambon’s journey to becoming one of the world’s most revered actors is all the more remarkable considering his modest beginnings. Born in Dublin to a working-class couple, he was encouraged to pursue a career in engineering after leaving school at the age of 15.

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Throughout his illustrious career, Gambon earned 13 Olivier Award nominations, leaving an indelible mark on Shakespearean works, particularly his exceptional portrayal of Othello. He also graced numerous successful television shows and, in 1968, even won an audition to potentially become the next James Bond in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” after Sean Connery’s departure. However, he humbly declined, telling producer Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli, “I haven’t got nice hair, and I’m a bit fat,” leading to the role eventually going to George Lazenby.

Knighted in 1999, Gambon was adored for his portrayal of French detective Jules Maigret. His global recognition soared when he assumed the role of Dumbledore, taking over from fellow Irishman Richard Harris after his passing. Sir Michael downplayed his transformation into the Hogwarts headmaster, remarking, “I’d stick on a beard and play me,” but his millions of fans would passionately disagree.


A statement released on behalf of his wife, Lady Gambon, and son, Fergus Gambon, by publicist Clair Dobbs, conveyed their profound sorrow:

‘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. We ask that you respect our privacy at this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love.’



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