Harry Potter’s Dumbledore Actor Sir Michael Gambon DIES At 82 After A ‘Bout Of Pneumonia’! Potterheads Raise Their Wands

Sir Michael Gambon found popularity with his extensive catalogue of work across TV, film and radio, with another of his biggest roles in the 1980s hit series “The Singing Detective”

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Harry Potter’s Dumbledore Actor Sir Michael Gambon DIES At 82 After A ‘Bout Of Pneumonia’! Potterheads Raise Their Wands
Sir Michael Gambon, who is best known for playing the character of Albus Dumbledore in nearly all the Harry Potter movies, has died at 82 following a “bout of pneumonia,” read an excerpt from the statement issued on behalf of his family said on Thursday, PA Media news agency reported.

In a statement issued by his publicist Clair Dobbs said “We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon,” according to PA.

“Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his bedside, following a bout of pneumonia. Michael was 82. We ask that you respect our privacy at this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love.”

Gambon found popularity with his extensive catalogue of work across TV, film and radio, with another of his biggest roles as the psoriasis-ridden sleuth in the 1980s hit series “The Singing Detective.”

He was known to be one of the leading thespians of his generation. Born in Cabra, Dublin, Gambon moved to London as a child, where he grew up in an Irish immigrant community in Camden and his first job was as an apprentice toolmaker.


He developed a passion for antique guns, clocks and classic cars that lasted a lifetime.

During his apprenticeship as a toolmaker, Gambon studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, making his professional stage debut in Dublin’s Gate Theatre production of “Othello” (1962).

Sir Michael Gambon caught the attention of actor Laurence Olivier, who hired him to join the newly-formed National Theatre Company. And merely within four years, Gambon joined the Birmingham Repertory Company, finally playing title roles in his favourite Shakespearean plays.

However, Gambon became a household name in the 80s as he played the lead character - Philip Marlow in the 1986 Anglo-American public television mini-series “The Singing Detective.”

In 1990 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Eight years later he was made a Knight Bachelor for his services to drama.

However, he found widespread fame as Hogwarts’ headmaster Dumbledore in the “Harry Potter” film series. He took up the role following the death of Richard Harris in 2002. In all, Gambon was cast as Dumbledore for six of the eight “Harry Potter” films.

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