Michael Gambon

83, from Cabra, Dublin, Ireland

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Biography

Sir Michael John Gambon ( born 19 October 1940) is an Irish-English actor. Regarded as one of Ireland and Britain's most distinguished actors, he is known for his work on stage and screen. Gambon started his acting career with Laurence Olivier as one of the original members of the Royal National Theatre. Over his six decade long career he's received three Olivier Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four BAFTA Awards. In 1999 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to drama.

Having begun his professional career in the theatre with Olivier at the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic, Gambon appeared in many productions of works by William Shakespeare such as Othello, Hamlet, Macbeth and Coriolanus. Gambon has been nominated for thirteen Olivier Awards winning three times for A Chorus of Disapproval (1985), A View from the Bridge (1987), and Man of the Moment (1990). In 1997 Gambon made his Broadway debut in David Hare's Skylight earning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play nomination.

Gambon made his film debut in Othello (1965). Other notable films include The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), The Wings of the Dove (1997), The Insider (1999), Gosford Park (2001), Amazing Grace (2006), The King's Speech (2010), Quartet (2012), and Victoria & Abdul (2017). Gambon has also appeared in the Wes Anderson films The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009). Gambon gained stardom for his role of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series from 2004 to 2011, replacing the late Richard Harris.

For his work on television he received four BAFTA Awards for The Singing Detective (1986), Wives and Daughters (1999), Longitude (2000), and Perfect Strangers (2001). He also received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Path to War (2002), and Emma (2009). Other notable projects include Cranford (2007), and The Casual Vacancy (2015). In 2017 he received the Irish Film & Television Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2020, he was listed at No. 28 on The Irish Times' list of Ireland's greatest film actors.

Timeline

2019Aged 79

  • Poster for The Death & Life of John F. Donovan

    Man in Diner

  • Poster for Cordelia

    Mr. Moses

  • Poster for Judy

    Bernard Delfont

2018Aged 78

  • Poster for The Last Witness

    Frank Hamilton

  • Poster for Citizen Lane

    Lord Ardilaun

  • Poster for King of Thieves

    Billy 'The Fish' Lincoln

  • Poster for Johnny English Strikes Again

    Agent Five

2017Aged 77

  • Poster for Viceroy's House

    General Hastings Ismay

  • Poster for Mad to Be Normal

    Sydney Kotok

  • Poster for Victoria & Abdul

    Lord Salisbury

  • Poster for Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Arthur

  • Poster for Paddington 2

    Uncle Pastuzo (voice)

2016Aged 76

  • Poster for Dad's Army

    Private Godfrey

  • Poster for Hail, Caesar!

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for Churchill's Secret

    Winston Churchill

2015Aged 75

  • Poster for Unity

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for Knights of Classic Drama at the BBC

    Self (archive footage)

2014Aged 74

  • Poster for Common

    Judge

  • Poster for Paddington

    Uncle Pastuzo (voice)

  • Poster for On Angel Wings

    Grandfather

2013Aged 73

  • Poster for Muse of Fire

    Self

  • Poster for National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage

    Hirst

  • Poster for Lucan

    John Burke

2012Aged 72

  • Poster for London: The Modern Babylon

    Self (voice)

  • Poster for Quartet

    Cedric Livingston

2011Aged 71

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    Albus Dumbledore

  • Poster for Page Eight

    Benedict Baron

  • Poster for When Harry Left Hogwarts

    Self

2010Aged 70

  • Poster for The Book of Eli

    George

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    Albus Dumbledore

  • Poster for The King's Speech

    King George V

  • Poster for Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol

    Old Kazran / Elliot Sardick

2009Aged 69

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Albus Dumbledore

  • Poster for Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Franklin Bean (voice)

2008Aged 68

  • Poster for Brideshead Revisited

    Lord Marchmain

2007Aged 67

  • Poster for The Good Night

    Alan Weigert

  • Poster for The Baker

    Leo

  • Celebration

    Lambert

  • Poster for The Alps - Climb of Your Life

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Albus Dumbledore

  • Poster for Joe's Palace

    Elliot Graham

2006Aged 66

  • Poster for The Omen

    Bugenhagen

  • Poster for Amazing Grace

    Lord Charles Fox

  • Poster for The Good Shepherd

    Dr. Fredericks

2005Aged 65

  • Poster for Matthew Gray Gubler's Life Aquatic Intern Journal

    Self

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Albus Dumbledore

2004Aged 64

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Albus Dumbledore

  • Poster for The Magic Touch of Harry Potter

    Self

  • Poster for Being Julia

    Jimmie Langton

  • Poster for Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

    Paley

  • Poster for Layer Cake

    Eddie Temple

  • Poster for Stories of Lost Souls

    Larry

  • Poster for The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Oseary Drakoulias

2003Aged 63

  • Poster for The Actors

    Barreller

  • Poster for Deep Blue

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for Open Range

    Denton Baxter

  • Poster for Sylvia

    Professor Thomas

  • Poster for Path to War

    Lyndon Johnson

  • Poster for Little Wolf's Book of Badness

    Uncle Bigbad (voice)

2002Aged 62

  • Poster for Ali G Indahouse

    Prime Minister

  • Poster for The Making of 'Gosford Park'

    Self

2001Aged 61

  • Poster for High Heels and Low Lifes

    Kerrigan

  • Poster for Larry & Vivien: The Oliviers in Love

    Himself

  • Poster for Gosford Park

    William McCordle

  • Poster for Christmas Carol: The Movie

    Ghost of Christmas Present (voice)

  • Poster for Charlotte Gray

    Levade

2000Aged 60

  • Poster for Longitude

    John Harrison

  • Poster for The Last September

    Sir Richard Naylor

  • Poster for Sleepy Hollow: Behind the Legend

    Self

  • Poster for Endgame

    Hamm

1999Aged 59

  • Dead on Time

    Maurice Silverman

  • Poster for Plunkett & MacLeane

    Lord Gibson

  • Poster for The Insider

    Thomas Sandefur

  • Poster for Sleepy Hollow

    Baltus Van Tassel

1998Aged 58

1997Aged 57

  • Poster for The Wings of the Dove

    Lionel Croy

  • Poster for The Gambler

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

1996Aged 56

  • Poster for The Innocent Sleep

    Det. Insp. Matheson

  • Poster for Mary Reilly

    Mary’s Father

  • Poster for Two Deaths

    Daniel Pavenic

  • Poster for Midnight in Saint Petersburg

    Alex

  • Poster for Nothing Personal

    Leonard

  • Poster for Samson and Delilah

    King Hamun

  • Poster for The Willows in Winter

    Badger

1995Aged 55

  • Poster for Bullet to Beijing

    Alexei

  • Poster for The Wind in the Willows

    Badger

1994Aged 54

  • Poster for Clean Slate

    Cornell

  • Poster for The Browning Version

    Dr. Frobisher

  • Poster for Squanto: A Warrior's Tale

    Sir George

  • Poster for A Man of No Importance

    Ivor J. Carney

1993Aged 53

  • Poster for The Entertainer

    Archie Rice

1992Aged 52

  • Poster for Toys

    Lt. General Leland Zevo

1991Aged 51

  • Poster for Mobsters

    Don Salvatore Faranzano

1989Aged 49

  • Poster for Monster Maker

    Ultragorgon

  • Poster for Paris by Night

    Gerald Paige

  • Poster for The Rachel Papers

    Doctor Knowd

  • Poster for The Heat of the Day

    Harrison

  • Poster for A Dry White Season

    Magistrate

  • Poster for The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    Albert Spica

1988Aged 48

  • Poster for Missing Link

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for Mountain Language

    Sergeant

1987Aged 47

  • Poster for Ghosts

    Pastor Manders

1985Aged 45

  • Poster for Forbidden Passion: The Oscar Wilde Movie

    (Unknown)

  • Poster for Absurd Person Singular

    Geoffrey

  • Poster for Turtle Diary

    George Fairbairn

1978Aged 38

1976Aged 36

  • Poster for The Other Woman

    Robin

  • Poster for Tiptoe Through the Tulips

    Piers

  • Poster for French Without Tears

    Lt Cmdr Rogers

1974Aged 34

  • Poster for The Beast Must Die

    Jan Jarmokowski

  • Poster for Bold Face: Condensed

    John

1973Aged 33

  • Poster for Nothing But the Night

    Insp. Grant

  • Poster for The Catholics

    Brother Kevin

1972Aged 32

  • Poster for Cows

    Max

1971Aged 31

  • Poster for A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Theseus

1967Aged 27

  • Poster for Romeo and Juliet

    Gregory

1965Aged 25

  • Poster for Othello

    Senators-Soldiers-Cypriots