Harry Potter’s Beloved Dumbledore,Michael Gambon, Dead at 82

Michael Gambon as Dumbledore, with long grey hair, seated on a chair.
Still photo of Michael Gambon in character as Dumbledore from Harry Potter by photographer Jaap Buitendijk

Sir Michael Gambon, a highly respected and awarded actor, passed away on Sept. 27, 2023, in Witham, UK. He suffered from pneumonia and ultimately passed at the age of 82. 

Gambon had a very successful acting career in both the theater and on the big screen. After the passing of actor Richard Harris, Gambon would take over the notorious role of Albus Dumbledore in the movie “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” After landing the role in the third installment of the movie series, he would continue until the eighth and final movie of the series. 

Growing up, Gambon had humble beginnings with his seamstress mother, Mary Hoare, and engineer operative father, Edward Gambon. By the time Gambon was 21 years old, he followed his father’s footsteps with a career in engineering. However, this career path would end up changing as he made his theater debut in the 1962 production of Othello at Gate Theatre. 

Although his role as Dumbledore may have been one of his most well-known, Gambon was an amazing actor whose work has inspired and touched the hearts of many over the course of six decades. He is survived by his wife Anne and his son Fergus, who were at his side when he passed. His legacy will live on through his wife, son, and his expansive body of work.

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