Actor Michael Gambon, best known for his role as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter franchise, died at the age of 82 this Thursday (28).
The family confirmed the death in a statement issued by public relations agent Clair Dobbs. According to news agency PA Media, he died “peacefully in hospital”.
“Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus by his side, following a bout with pneumonia. We ask that you respect our privacy at this painful time and we appreciate your messages of support and love.”
Sir Michael John Gambon was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1941. His life on stage began 19 years later, in 1960. He then debuted on TV and in cinema.
He was the second actor to play Dumbledore in the “Harry Potter” films. He joined the cast of the films after the death, in 2002, of Richard Harris, who took on the mantle of the wizard and director of Hogwarts in the first two films in the saga.
Furthermore, the actor’s filmography is very extensive and full of praised works, including Gosford Park, Sleepy Hollow, The King’s Speech, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Paddignton, in which he voiced Uncle Pastuzo, among others.
It is worth remembering that in 2015, Gambon announced his retirement from the theater stage due to his memory. It’s just that the actor could no longer remember his lines. Before retiring, he even performed with a headset, which served as a kind of point.