Beloved ‘Harry Potter’ Star Passes Away

Harry Potter actor Michael Gambon
Credit: CNN

The house of Dumbledore is suffering a loss today, as Hogwarts Headmaster has reportedly passed away. Actor Michael Gambon has sadly passed away at the age of 82. The loved actor was best known for his role in the Harry Potter (2001) films as Albus Dumbledore. Gambon played the role of Albus Dumbledore in six Harry Potter films and was a prolific part of the movies.

Since the news broke this morning of his passing, Gambon’s family has released a statement during this difficult time. “We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon,” his family said in a statement, as Variety reported.

“Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his bedside, following a bout of pneumonia.”

The actor is known for making his mark in London in the 1970s, only to move forward and create films and shows as phenomenal characters. Known as one of the greatest British actors, he portrayed the roles of Edward VII, Oscar Wilde, and Winston Churchill.

The Career of Michael Gambon

Gambon was a leader in his generation, “studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, making his professional stage debut in Dublin’s the Gate Theatre production of Othello (1962),” CNN reports. He became a household name in the 1980s for his role as Philip Marlow in the 1986 Anglo-American public television mini-series The Singing Detective.

Although he was already a known actor, his reprised role in Harry Potter is what catapulted his career. In 20o2, he was cast for the role of Dumbledore after the death of the original actor, Richard Harris. From then on, he acted in six of the eight Harry Potter roles as the beloved headmaster.

Co-star James Phelps, who played the role of Fred Weasley, wrote, “Very sorry to hear about the passing of Michael Gambon. He was, on and off the camera, a legend.” Gambon was a legend indeed and will be missed. Not just by the Harry Potter community but as well as those who got to learn from him on and off the screen and those who had the opportunity to watch his performances on screen.

His work did not go unnoticed, as Gambon was nominated for two Emmy awards. Additionally, “The actor won four BAFTA TV Awards for his roles in 1986’s The Singing Detective, next for 1999’s Wives and Daughters, then 2000’s exquisite telepic Longitude (2000), and then the following year for Perfect Strangers (2001).”

Michael Gambon

Credit: The Guardian / Photograph: Jane Bown/the Observer

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, loved ones, and friends during this difficult time. The legacy he has left behind in the industry. His talents are forever cherished by fans lucky enough to experience his work. As fans, moviegoers, and viewers of creative work, we are all lucky to have known such a legend through screenplay.

What is your favorite role Michael Gambon played?

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.