The acclaimed actor known for his portrayal of Professor Albus Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter film adaptations was Sir Michael Gambon. Originally from Dublin, Sir Michael’s impressive artistic journey spanned over fifty years, covering television, film, theater, and radio. His remarkable work in the Harry Potter series earned him four British Academy Film Awards (Baftas).
His wife, Lady Gambon, and son, Fergus, shared that Sir Michael passed peacefully in a hospital after a bout with pneumonia, surrounded by his loved ones.
Sir Michael began his illustrious career as a foundational member of the revered Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre troupe in London, for which he later secured three Olivier awards for his exceptional roles.
Harry Potter’s Sir Michael Gambone’s Career History
On the small screen, Sir Michael was known for roles such as the French detective Jules Maigret in ITV’s “Maigret” and Philip Marlow in the BBC’s rendition of Dennis Potter’s “The Singing Detective.”
Following the sad demise of Richard Harris in 2003, Sir Michael stepped into the iconic role of Dumbledore, the beloved headmaster of Hogwarts in the globally popular Harry Potter films, adapted from JK Rowling’s novels.
In his versatile career, Sir Michael garnered Emmy nominations in 2010 for his roles in the adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma and his portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 2002 film Path to War. His prowess on the stage was also acknowledged with a Tony nomination in 1997 for his role in David Hare’s drama Skylight.
Fondly termed “The Great Gambon” in the acting community, Sir Michael’s most recent theater appearance was in 2012 in a London production of Samuel Beckett’s play, All That Fall.
In honor of his monumental contributions to the world of entertainment, he was knighted in 1998.