Michael Gambon who portrayed Dumbledore in Harry Potter passes away at age 82. Michael Gambon, best known for portraying Albus Dumbledore in most “Harry Potter” films, has perished at 82 following a bout of pneumonia, according to a statement released by his family on Thursday, as reported by the PA Media news agency.
“We are devastated to announce Sir Michael Gambon’s passing,” his publicist Clair Dobbs said in a statement obtained by PA.
Michael, a beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully in the hospital, with his wife Anne and son Fergus by his side, after contracting pneumonia. Michael was 82 years old.”
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Another of Gambon’s most prominent roles was as the psoriasis-afflicted detective in the 1980s popular series “The Singing Detective.”
Gambon, one of the most accomplished actors of his generation, was born in Cabra, Dublin, but he relocated to London as a child. In Camden, where he grew up as an Irish immigrant, he began his career as an apprentice toolmaker. He developed a lifelong interest in antique firearms, timepieces, and classic automobiles.
2004: “I’ve always been an obsessive collector,” he told a Guardian interviewer. Richard Briers is a stamp collector. I collect automobiles and firearms, which are considerably more expensive and challenging to store.”
Gambon studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art while apprenticing as a toolmaker, making his professional stage début in the 1962 production of “Othello” at Dublin’s Gate Theatre.
Actor Laurence Olivier noticed and recruited him to join the newly-formed National Theatre Company. Four years later, Gambon joined the Birmingham Repertory Company and was eventually able to play lead roles in his favorite Shakespearean plays.
Gambon did not become ubiquitous until the 1980s when he portrayed Philip Marlow in the 1986 Anglo-American public television miniseries “The Singing Detective.”
He was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1990. Eight years later, he was made a Knight Bachelor for his contributions to drama.
Gambon will likely be best remembered for his portrayal as Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts, in the “Harry Potter” film series, which he assumed after the death of Richard Harris in 2002. Gambon portrayed Dumbledore in six of the eight “Harry Potter” films.
‘Legend’ tributes Rupert Grint, who portrayed Ron Weasley in the series, paid tribute to Gambon in an Instagram post.
“I was so sorry to learn about Michael. “He brought such warmth and mischief to every set day,” Grint wrote. As a child, he captivated me and became my personal role model for discovering the fun and eccentricity in life.
Thursday, James Phelps, who portrayed Ron Weasley’s sibling Fred in the “Harry Potter” film series, paid tribute to Michael Gambon on X, formerly Twitter.
“Very sorry to learn of Michael Gambon’s passing. He was a legend both on and off camera,” wrote Phelps.
“He was always hilarious and willing to share his knowledge,” Phelps said, recalling a cherished memory of working with the veteran actor between takes of the sixth “Harry Potter” film. Fiona Shaw, who portrayed Harry Potter’s aunt Petunia Dursley in the films, told the BBC that Gambon’s career was “remarkably diverse.”
Shaw also stated that Gambon was a “gunsmith” who claimed he could convince the V&A museum that his firearms were from the 18th century.
“Therefore, I will remember him as a brilliant, magnificent trickster, but no one likes him with text; he could do anything.”
In an interview with the BBC, Helen Mirren also paid tribute to Michael Gambon, recalling his sense of humor.
“Deviant but extremely amusing,” she said. “He consistently made me laugh.”
Mirren also referred to Gambon as an “instinctive actor” who made “extraordinary contributions” to the British theatrical landscape.
Gambon won multiple Best Actor awards at the British Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs) and was nominated for two Emmys throughout his career.