Sat. May 18th, 2024

British-Irish actor Michael Gambon, known for his iconic portrayal of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films, has died at the age of 82, his family announced on Thursday. Gambon had a successful career spanning television, film, radio, and theater, earning four TV BAFTAs and an Olivier award. He was beloved for his role as the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The family statement described Gambon as a beloved husband and father who passed away peacefully in the hospital while battling pneumonia. Born in Ireland, Gambon began his acting career in theater before gaining recognition for his role as a French detective in the ITV series Maigret and his memorable performance in The Singing Detective. His film credits included The King’s Speech and Gosford Park. However, it was his portrayal of Dumbledore that brought him global acclaim and cemented his status as a beloved actor. Tributes have been pouring in for Gambon, with former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson remembering him as a tremendous guest and even having a corner on the show’s race track named after him. Gambon was knighted in 1998 for his contributions to the entertainment industry.

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