Sir Michael Gambon, known for his iconic portrayal of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series and notable roles in movies such as The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Gosford Park, and A View from the Bridge, has passed away at 82, as confirmed by his family.
In a statement released by his publicist Clair Dobbs on behalf of his wife Lady Gambon and son Fergus Gambon, it was announced, “We are deeply saddened to inform everyone of the passing of Sir Michael Gambon. A cherished husband and father, Michael passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, following a battle with pneumonia. He was 82 years old.”
“We ask that you respect our privacy at this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love.”
Having originated from Dublin in 1940, Gambon emerged in the Royal National Theatre alongside the esteemed actor Laurence Olivier. Throughout his career, he achieved numerous accolades, securing three Olivier Awards, four BAFTAs, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Sir Michael also appeared in, British crime film Layer Cake and Fantastic Mr Fox, and also played French detective Maigret and starred in The Singing Detective. He had a long and illustrious acting career and was loved by many.
DFans were quick to share their feelings about the sad news with one writing on X “Such sad news- an acting legend and so much loved. Sir Michael Gambon will be remembered for so many great roles.”
Another wrote: “Not Dumbledore. RIP Sir Michael Gambon. Millennials are in mourning.”
Jeremy Clarkson shared his condolences to social media writing: “I’m so sad to hear that Michael Gambon has died. He was hugely amusing, and such a tremendous guest, we even named a corner after him.”
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