Michael Gambon renowned for iconic Dumbledore Role in ’Harry Potter’ dies at 82

By Esther Muhozi
On 28 September 2023 at 01:33

The world mourns the loss of the distinguished actor, Sir Michael Gambon, renowned for his portrayal of Albus Dumbledore, the beloved headmaster of Hogwarts, in six of the iconic "Harry Potter" films.

According to USA Today, his publicist confirmed the sad news on Thursday, revealing that Gambon, aged 82, succumbed to pneumonia.

A heartfelt statement released by his family, issued through their spokesperson, conveyed their profound grief: "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."

Michael Gambon assumed the role of Dumbledore in 2004, succeeding the late Richard Harris, who had originally portrayed the character. He commenced his magical journey as the revered mentor in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and continued enchanting audiences until the epic conclusion, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

Throughout his illustrious career spanning over five decades, Gambon’s distinctive deep and resonant voice rendered him instantly recognizable on screen and stage alike.

Gambon’s foray into the world of theater began with his membership in the Royal National Theatre in London, where he emerged as a prominent figure. His breakthrough role came in 1980 when he took on the lead in "The Life of Galileo." He subsequently graced numerous productions of William Shakespeare’s works, amassing three prestigious Olivier Awards for his contributions to London’s theater scene. In 1997, Gambon made his debut on Broadway, leaving an indelible mark on the international stage.

The esteemed actor embarked on his cinematic journey in 1965 with "Othello," an adaptation of Shakespeare’s renowned tragedy. His repertoire expanded to include notable performances in films such as "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover," "The Insider," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," and "The King’s Speech," which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2011.

Gambon’s success extended seamlessly to the realm of television, where he clinched four BAFTA Awards for Best Actor for his outstanding roles in "The Singing Detective" (1986), "Wives and Daughters" (1999), "Longitude" (2000), and "Perfect Strangers" (2001). Additionally, he secured two Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

In 2017, the Irish Film & Television Academy bestowed upon him the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, a fitting tribute to an actor whose contributions have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment.

It is said that Gambon succumbed to pneumonia at the age of 82.