Sir Michael Gambon, known for his role as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potterseries, died. He was 82 years old.
Gambon died peacefully in hospital after a battle with pneumonia. His wife, Anne, and son, Fergus, were with him.
“We are saddened to announce that Sir Michael Gambon has died,” said a statement issued by the family’s representative, Clair Dobbs, on Thursday.
“We ask that our privacy be respected in this painful time. Thank you for everyone’s messages of support and love.”
Although Gambon was best known for his role in harry potter, he worked as a film and stage actor for decades. He has collected three Olivier Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and four Bafta Awards in his career, which spans six decades. He was knighted in 1999 by the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Gambon scored in the third installment of the Harry Potter-movies, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, made his first appearance as Albus Dumbledore. He took the reins from Richard Harris, who in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets played the role of Dumbledore, taking over after Harris died in 2002.
He has also appeared in dozens of stage productions, including William Shakespeare’s Othello, Hamlet, Macbeth and Coriolanus include, appear. He was subsequently in several productions and movies, including The Wings of the Dove, The Insider, Gosford Park, Amazing Grace, The King’s speech, Quartet and Victoria & Abdulto be seen.
He is survived by his wife, Anne, and three children.