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Also Known As: Michael John Gambon, Sir Michael Gambon Died:
Born: October 19, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dublin, IE Profession: actor, factory custodian

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One of the most respected and accomplished actors on stage, film and television since the 1960s, Sir Michael Gambon essayed men of complex passions, flaws and appetites in projects ranging from classical theater and "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" (1989) to the "Harry Potter" franchise, where he replaced Richard Harris as the fatherly wizard Dumbledore. An acolyte of Laurence Olivier, he honed his craft on the British stage in productions of plays by Samuel Beckett and Alan Ayckbourn; major theater awards precipitated celebrated turns on television in "The Singing Detective" (BBC1, 1986), which in turn launched a film career as dastards like his brutal gangster in "Thief" or men hobbled by regret in "Dancing in Lunghnasa" (1998). Hits in Hollywood like "Sleepy Hollow" (1999) boosted his profile, which led to Emmy nominations for "The Path to War" (HBO, 2002) and "Emma" (BBC1, 2009) as well as steady work on stage and in front of the camera. While most moviegoers recognized him as Dumbledore, his vast and storied career displayed a breadth of talent that made him an actor worthy of his late mentor's mantle of the world's finest working actor.

One of the most respected and accomplished actors on stage, film and television since the 1960s, Sir Michael Gambon essayed men of complex passions, flaws and appetites in projects ranging from classical theater and "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" (1989) to the "Harry Potter" franchise, where he replaced Richard Harris as the fatherly wizard Dumbledore. An acolyte of Laurence Olivier, he honed his craft on the British stage in productions of plays by Samuel Beckett and Alan Ayckbourn; major theater awards precipitated celebrated turns on television in "The Singing Detective" (BBC1, 1986), which in turn launched a film career as dastards like his brutal gangster in "Thief" or men hobbled by regret in "Dancing in Lunghnasa" (1998). Hits in Hollywood like "Sleepy Hollow" (1999) boosted his profile, which led to Emmy nominations for "The Path to War" (HBO, 2002) and "Emma" (BBC1, 2009) as well as steady work on stage and in front of the camera. While most moviegoers recognized him as Dumbledore, his vast and storied career displayed a breadth of talent that made him an actor worthy of his late mentor's mantle of the world's finest working actor.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Paddington (2015)
2.
 Dad's Army (2015)
3.
 Common (2014)
4.
9.
 Book of Eli, The (2010)
10.
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1962:
Made stage debut in small role in "Othello" at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, Ireland
1963:
Joined the National Theatre, then under direction of Lord Laurence Olivier
1973:
TV movie debut, "Catholics" (ITV)
1974:
Feature film debut, "The Beast Must Die"
1986:
Played title role in BBC miniseries "The Singing Detective"
1987:
Had stage triumph in revival of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge"
1989:
Made U.S. feature film debut in "A Dry White Season"
1992:
Starred as the title character on BBC series "Maigret"
1992:
Co-starred with Robin Williams in "Toys"
1996:
Provided voice of Badger in animated film "The Wind in the Willows"
1996:
Made Broadway debut in David Hare's "Skylight"; earned a Tony nomination
1997:
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
1998:
Played Father Jack, the only brother in a family of sisters in "Dancing at Lughnasa"
1999:
Appeared in Michael Mann's "The Insider"
2000:
Starred in "Cressida" on the London stage
2000:
Cast as clockmaker John Harrison in miniseries "Longitude" (aired in U.S. on A&E)
2000:
Performed in a revival of Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker"
2001:
Cast as the host of a shooting party in Robert Altman's ensemble "Gosford Park"
2001:
Played a Frenchman hiding a pair of Jewish orphans in "Charlotte Gray"
2002:
Portrayed President Lyndon B. Johnson in "Path to War"; earned Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
2004:
Replaced the late Richard Harris in role of Prof. Albus Dumbledore for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"
2004:
Played Sir John Falstaff in Nicholas Hytner's National Theatre production of "Henry IV, Part 1" and "Henry IV, Part 2"
2004:
Starred opposite Jeremy Irons and Annette Bening in "Being Julia"
2005:
Starred in Matthew Vaughn's British gangster hit "Layer Cake"
2005:
Again portrayed Prof. Dumbledore in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth book in J.K. Rowling's hit fantasy series
2006:
Cast in John Moore's remake of 1976 horror classic "The Omen"
2006:
Acted opposite Matt Damon in Robert De Niro's long-anticipated "The Good Shepherd"
2007:
Cast in Michael Apted's "Amazing Grace"
2007:
Reprised role of Prof. Dumbledore in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
2007:
Joined BBC series "Cranford" (aired in U.S. on PBS)
2009:
Again played Prof. Dumbledore in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"
2009:
Lent his voice to Wes Anderson's animated adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
2009:
Cast as Mr. Woodhouse in BBC production of "Emma"; earned Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
2010:
Reprised role of Prof. Dumbledore for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the seventh and final installment of series directed by David Yates; film released in two parts, Part 1 November 2010 and Part 2 July 2011
2010:
Portrayed King George V in "The King's Speech"
2012:
Cast opposite Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins, and Billy Connolly in "Quartet," Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut
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Education

St. Aloysius' College: -

Notes

Gambon was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1990.

Gambon has been known to shake-up the complacency of a long-running stage play by tossing other actors unrehearsed lines, entering from the wrong side of a set, or exited through a window when a door is more than handy. "All true," he said. "Done quite deliberately. How else can you stop your performance from becoming stale, wooden? I don't care about the consequences--they can't be worse than performing like a robot."

"You have to be a movie star to be a celebrity. ... Theater actors are just tolerated, smiled at"--Gambon quoted in New York Post, YORK POST, September 19, 1996.

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wife:
Anne Miller. Married in 1962.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Edward Gambon. Engineer. Irish; emigrated to England c. 1948.
mother:
Mary Gambon. Irish; emigrated to England c. 1948.
son:
Fergus Gambon. Works at Phillips (an auction house) in the ceramics department.

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