Actor Sir Michael Gambon, best known internationally for playing Professor Albus Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter films, has died in hospital aged 82 following a bout of pneumonia, his family revealed today , reports the BBC.
Sir Michael Gambon began his 60-year career opposite Sir Laurence Olivier and was much loved by younger audiences as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films.
His wife Lady Gambon and son Fergus Gambon released a statement, released by publicist Clair Dobbs:
“We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon. A 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 years old.
Please respect our privacy at this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love.”
The actor was best known for playing Professor Albus Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter films. Sir Michael also appeared in Fantastic Mr Fox, played French detective Maigret and starred in The Singing Detective.
Sir Michael Gambon, who was born in Dublin, has worked in television, film, theater and radio throughout his five-decade career. It has won four Bafta awards. He began his career as one of the original members of the Royal National Theater in London and went on to act in a number of Shakespeare plays. He was knighted for services to the entertainment industry in 1998.
Editor : M.I.