(This article is authored by Alar)
The world is mourning the loss of one of its most beloved actors, Michael Gambon, who passed away at the age of 83. Gambon, who portrayed Professor Albus Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter movies, passed away peacefully in a hospital with his family at his side after suffering from pneumonia.
Gambon was born in Dublin in 1940 and began his acting career on the stage in the early 1960s. He later moved into TV and film, where he showcased his versatility and talent in a variety of roles. He won four Television Baftas, including one for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm.
Some of his notable film roles include a psychotic mob leader in Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover in 1989 and the elderly King George V in Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech in 2010. He also appeared in several TV shows, such as The Singing Detective, Maigret, and Wives and Daughters.
Gambon was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998 for his services to drama. He was also awarded the Irish Film and Television Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. Gambon is survived by his wife Lady Gambon and his son Fergus. His fans and colleagues have paid tribute to him on social media, remembering him as a brilliant, charismatic, and generous actor who brought magic to the screen.