Actor Sir Michael Gambon passed away at the age of 82 in hospital, as confirmed by his family.
The late actor was popular for playing the role of Dumbledore of film series Harry Potter. He was also known for featuring in Fantastic Mr Fox.
Sir Gambon is survived by his wife Lady Gambon and his son Fergus. On their behalf, publicist Clair Dobbs issued a statement, “We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon. Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his bedside, following a bout of pneumonia.” It also confirmed his age and the family requested for privacy during this painful time.
Famously known as “The Great Gambon” by Ralph Richardson, the actor excelled in numerous plays by Pinter, Beckett, and Ayckbourn. Arthur Miller’s play A View From The Bridge, helmed by Ayckbourn, bagged Gambon an Oliver award for his performance.
His excellent skills helped him move from theatres and land iconic roles such as Dumbledore in Harry Potter, based on J.K. Rowling’s book series with same name, and The Singing Detective.