Irish Actor Michael Gambon, Hogwarts Headmaster in Harry Potter, Passes Away at 82

Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Headmaster Michael Gambon Passes Away at 82

Renowned Stage Actor and Beloved Dumbledore Succumbs to Pneumonia

PARIS – Esteemed Irish actor Michael Gambon, best known for his portrayal of the wise and beloved Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the legendary “Harry Potter” film franchise, passed away on the 28th at the age of 82. Gambon’s family shared that he peacefully left this world in a hospital while battling pneumonia, surrounded by his wife and son, according to a statement reported by the Associated Press.

Michael Gambon, born in Ireland in 1940, embarked on his stellar acting journey after initially pursuing a career as an engineer, following in the footsteps of his father. In 1963, he took the stage for the first time as a theater actor in Dublin, captivating audiences with his immense talent and charisma.

Gambon gained recognition early on for his remarkable performance in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” under the masterful direction of the legendary Laurence Olivier. The actor’s star continued to rise as he received critical acclaim for his leading role in “The Life of Galileo.”

Breaking into the British entertainment industry, Gambon achieved widespread fame through his portrayal of the central character in the classic 1986 BBC series “The Singing Detective,” earning him the esteemed British Academy Awards (BAFTA) Best Actor Award. His extraordinary acting prowess shone through in various roles throughout his career.

Upon the untimely passing of Richard Harris in 2002, Gambon seamlessly stepped into the shoes of Hogwarts’ wise and enigmatic headmaster, breathing life into the character of Albus Dumbledore. Beginning with “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” his portrayal of Dumbledore captivated audiences worldwide.

Beyond the realm of magic and wizardry, Gambon showcased his versatile acting skills in other notable films, including his captivating portrayal of King George V in the acclaimed 2010 film “The King’s Speech” and his unforgettable performance as Arthur in the 2017 film “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”

As age caught up with him, Gambon faced difficulty remembering his lines during live performances, leading to his retirement from the stage in 2015. Nevertheless, his legacy remains firmly etched in the annals of theater and cinema.

Michael Gambon’s storied career was punctuated by numerous accolades, including three Laurence Olivier Awards and a knighthood in 1998 for his profound contributions to British drama.

His absence leaves an indelible void in the entertainment world, as the theater community mourns the loss of a true icon and a dearly cherished Dumbledore.


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He started as a theater actor in 1963… As Richard Harrison’s successor, he took part in Harry Potter and worked on many works such as The King’s Speech and Kingsman… Retired in 2015

Harry Potter Hogwarts Headmaster Michael Gambon dies… aged 82

Began as a theater actor in 1963… Participated in Harry Potter as Richard Harrison’s successor

Active in many works including The King’s Speech and Kingsman… Retired in 2015

(Paris = Yonhap News) Reporter Song Jin-won = Irish actor Michael Gambon, who played the role of Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore in the movie ‘Harry Potter’, died at the age of 82 on the 28th (local time).

His family said in a statement, “Michael, a beloved husband and father, died peacefully in hospital surrounded by his wife and son after collapsing from pneumonia,” the Associated Press reported.

Born in Ireland in 1940, Gambon followed in his father’s footsteps and studied to be an engineer before starting his acting career in a theater company in Dublin in 1963.

He had great success for the first time by playing a small role in the National Theater Company’s opening production of ‘Hamlet’ under the direction of the legendary director Laurence Olivier.

After that, he played the lead role in ‘The Life of Galileo’ which received rave reviews from critics.

He gained fame in the UK by playing the lead role in the 1986 BBC series ‘The Singing Detective’, considered a classic British TV drama, for which he won the British Academy Awards (BAFTA) Best Actor Award.

After Richard Harris died in 2002, he took his place as Dumbledore in the ‘Harry Potter’ series and appeared starting with ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.’

He also played the role of King George V in the 2010 film ‘The King’s Speech’ and the role of Arthur in ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ in 2017.

As he got older, he had trouble remembering his lines in front of audiences and retired from the stage in 2015.

He has an impressive history of awards, including receiving the Laurence Olivier Award three times during his various works, and in 1998, he was knighted for his contribution to British drama.


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