In a press release launched Thursday, Gambon’s spouse, Woman Anne Gambon, and his son, Fergus, stated the actor died “peacefully.”
“We’re devastated to announce the lack of Sir Michael Gambon,” the assertion reads. “Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital together with his spouse Anne and son Fergus at his bedside, following a bout of pneumonia.”
The household has requested for privateness throughout this “painful time,” and thanked Gambon’s admirers for his or her loving messages.
Gambon was born in Dublin, Eire, in 1940. He moved to London as a toddler and went on to apprentice as a toolmaker earlier than attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Artwork.
Earlier than donning a protracted, white beard to play Dumbledore for the primary time in 2004’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Gambon already had an esteemed stage, TV and movie profession.
Gambon was tapped to take over the position of the Hogwarts’ headmaster in 2004 following the dying of Richard Harris in October 2002. Harris performed Dumbledore within the first two movies within the Harry Potter franchise.
Gambon was additionally well-known for his position as Philip Marlow, the thriller writing sleuth with psoriasis from the Nineteen Eighties British serial drama The Singing Detective. Although Gambon was already a rising titan within the theatre world — and starred in lots of the Birmingham Repertory Firm’s Shakespearean performs — The Singing Detective launched him to new ranges of fame within the U.Okay.
All through his lifetime, Gambon was nominated for 2 Emmy Awards and received 4 BAFTA Awards, two Olivier Awards and a SAG Award for excellent solid efficiency in The King’s Speech.
He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1990.
Already, tributes to Gambon have flooded social media from his mates, colleagues and devoted followers.
James Phelps, who performed Fred Weasley within the Harry Potter motion pictures, stated Gambon as soon as helped him rehearse strains for an orchestral studying of Peter and the Wolf whereas the pair was engaged on the Harry Potter movie set. Phelps stated although Gambon ought to have been taking downtime from his “intense” clock tower dying scene, he as an alternative took the time to assist Phelps.
“He was, on and off the digicam, a legend,” Phelps wrote.
Gambon’s different memorable roles embrace William McCordle in Gosford Park, Albert in The Prepare dinner, the Thief, His Spouse & Her Lover, Lt. Common Leland Zevo in Toys and Baltus Van Tassel in Sleepy Hole.
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