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Michael Gambon, Beloved Harry Potter Star, Dies at 82

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Per the Associated Press, Gambon's publicist has confirmed that the actor died following a bout of pneumonia. A statement was also released by his family, which noted, "We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon. Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his bedside."

Gambon began his acting career working on stage as one of the original members of the Royal National Theatre alongside Laurence Olivier; he'd go on to win three Olivier Awards with another ten nominations. For his on-screen work, he'd won two Screen Actors Guild Awards and four BAFTA Awards. He was nominated for a Tony for Best Actor in a Play with his role in his Broadway debut Skylight in 1997, and earned two Emmy nominations for Path to War and Emma. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his acting work in 1999, and he earned the Irish Film & Television Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

On-screen, Gambon is very well recognized for his long-running role as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films. After original actor Richard Harris passed away in 2002, Gambon would take over the role, going on to appear in six of the eight total films of the series. The actor would reprise the role one last time for the video game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, released in 2018.

Gambon has also appeared in a wide variety of movie and television roles. He made his feature film debut in 1965's Othello, going on to appear in many other movies including The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, The Insider, Sleepy Hollow, Quartet, Christmas Carol: The Movie, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Layer Cake, The Book of Eli, Paddington, Johnny English Strikes Again, and many, many more. He also appeared in the Wes Anderson films The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

On the small screen, Gambon also had recurring roles in TV programs including The Other One, The Singing Detective, Maigret, and Fortitude. He's also had roles in many other notable shows, such as Doctor Who, The Jim Henson Hour, Cranford, and Perfect Strangers. He has also provided the voice of The Prophet in the video game The Elder Scrolls Online, reprising that role for a slew of follow-up titles in the series up to 2021's Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood.

Rest in peace, Sir Michael Gambon.

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