Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore in 'Harry Potter,' dies at 82

Michael Gambon, best known for playing Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series, has passed away at the age of 82.

He passed away peacefully in the hospital after battling pneumonia, with his wife Anne and son Fergus by his side.

Gambon took on the role of Albus Dumbledore after the death of Richard Harris, bringing a distinct interpretation to the character intentionally different from the portrayal in the original books.

He was born in Ireland in 1940 and began his acting career on stage, notably being hired by Laurence Olivier for the National Theatre's first production of Hamlet.

Gambon received multiple awards for his stage acting, including three Olivier Awards, establishing himself as a prominent actor in the British theatre scene.

His breakthrough on television came with the 1986 BBC series The Singing Detective, which earned him the first of four BAFTA Awards.

Knighted in 1998, Gambon showcased his versatility in acting through various film and television roles, including Paddington, Hail, Caesar!, and the BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling's novel The Casual Vacancy.

Despite his involvement in the Harry Potter series, Gambon mentioned that he did it primarily for financial reasons rather than being a devoted fan of Rowling's work.

He was known to prioritize the screenwriter's words and saw no need to read the books while portraying Albus Dumbledore in the film series.

Michael Gambon's legacy includes a successful career in acting, marked by notable roles on stage, screen, and television, leaving an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.