Michael Gambon Remembered: ‘Harry Potter’ Star Was ‘the Great Gambon’
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Michael Gambon Remembered: ‘Harry Potter’ Star Was ‘the Great Gambon’

Michael Gambon Remembered: ‘Harry Potter’ Star Was ‘the Great Gambon’

Stage and screen actor Michael Gambon has died at age 82, with fans and fellow actors alike sharing tributes to the late “Harry Potter” star and protégé of Laurence Olivier on social media.

Per an official statement from Gambon’s family, the Irish actor passed away peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his bedside, following a bout of pneumonia.

“We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon,” the statement read, adding that Gambon was a “beloved husband and father. We ask that you respect our privacy at this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love.”

Gambon was recruited as a contemporary by Olivier to join the National Theatre Company in the 1960s. Later, Gambon was nominated 13 times for an Olivier Award, winning three times including for Arthur Miller’s 1988 play “A View From the Bridge.” Gambon also received a Tony nomination in 1997.

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In 1988, Gambon was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. He retired from stage acting in 2015 due to memory loss issues.

For the screen, Gambon famously portrayed Dumbledore in six movies in the “Harry Potter” franchise after the passing of Richard Harris in 2002, and led the BBC series “The Singing Detective.” Other roles include “Gosford Park,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “The King’s Speech,” “Judy,” “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover,” and ’90s miniseries “Wives and Daughters.”

Gambon is remembered as “one of the funniest men on the planet and a great actor” by fellow actor Peter Egan. “Harry Potter” assistant director alum James Phelps shared a memory from set, with tributes from Jason Isaacs and Jared Harris. Richard E. Grant, meanwhile, called him “the great Gambon.”

See more tributes below.

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