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Sir Michael Gambon, the beloved British actor best known for his role as Albus Dumbledore in the "Harry Potter" movies, has passed away at the age of 82. The actor's family confirmed the news, stating that Gambon died peacefully in his sleep after battling pneumonia.
Gambon's family released a statement through their publicist, Clair Dobbs, on Thursday, September 28, sharing the sad news of his passing. The statement read:
"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, following a bout of pneumonia. Michael was 82. We ask that you respect our privacy at this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love."
Born on October 19, 1940, Gambon was a founding member of the Royal National Theatre alongside Sir Laurence Olivier. Throughout his impressive six-decade-long career, he received numerous accolades, including four BAFTA awards, three Olivier Awards, and two SAG Awards. In 1999, he was even knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to drama.
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While Gambon had an impressive repertoire of films and TV series to his name, including "The Singing Detective," "Gosford Park," and "The King's Speech," he will always be remembered as Professor Dumbledore in the "Harry Potter" films. After the passing of original actor Richard Harris, Gambon took on the role from the third film until the series' conclusion. Jude Law has since portrayed a younger version of Albus Dumbledore in the "Fantastic Beasts" prequels.
Gambon is survived by his wife, mathematician Anne Miller, their son Fergus, and two other children from a previous relationship. Our thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time.
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