Michael Gambon, who played Albus Dumbledore in “Harry Potter” movie franchise, dies aged 82

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Michael Gambon, British-Irish actor best known for playing the wise professor Albus Dumbledore in the “Harry Potter” movie franchise died aged 82 on Thursday.

He died peacefully in hospital, PA Media reported citing a family statement

Launched by his mentor Laurence OlivierGambon on the stage in the early 1960s and later moved into TV and film with his best-known role as Dumbledore in the “Harry Potter” franchise in 2004. His other 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.

After auditioning for the great Shakespearean actor Olivier, the later made him one of the founding members of the National Theatre at the Old Vic,

In 1992 Gambon was made a Commander of the British Empire and knighted for services to drama in 1998.

After suffering long-term memory problems, Gambon retired from the stage in 2015 but continued to act onscreen until 2019. He was reported telling an interviewer in 2002 that his work made him feel “the luckiest man in the world”.

Being married to Anne Miller in 1962, Gambon and the couple had a son. In later years he also had another partner25 years his junior, set designer Philippa Hart with whom he had two children.