Michael Gambon

Actor, Factory custodian
One of the most respected and accomplished actors on stage, film and television since the 1960s, Sir Michael Gambon essayed men of complex passions, flaws and appetites in projects ranging from classical theater and ... Read more »
Born: 10/18/1940 in Dublin, IE

Filmography

Actor (93)

Fortitude 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Paddington 2015 (Movie)

Uncle Pastuzo (Voice)

The Casual Vacancy 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Dad's Army 2014 (Movie)

Private Godfrey (Actor)

Elizabeth Rex 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stories of Lost Souls 2014 (Movie)

("Standing Room Only") (Actor)

Quartet 2012 (Movie)

Cedric Livingston (Actor)

Restless 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 (Movie)

Professor Albus Dumbledore (Actor)

London - The Modern Babylon 2011 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Doctor Who 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Emma 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Page Eight 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Book of Eli 2010 (Movie)

George (Actor)

The King's Speech 2010 (Movie)

King George V (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 (Movie)

Professor Albus Dumbledore (Actor)

The Baker 2009 (Movie)

Leo (Actor)

The Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Franklin Bean (Actor)

Brideshead Revisited 2008 (Movie)

Lord Marchmain (Actor)

Cranford 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Amazing Grace 2007 (Movie)

Lord Charles Fox (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 (Movie)

Albus Dumbledore (Actor)

Joe's Palace 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Alps 2007 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

The Good Night 2007 (Movie)

Alan Weigert (Actor)

Top Gear 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Shepherd 2006 (Movie)

Dr Fredericks (Actor)

The Omen 2006 (Movie)

Carl Bugenhagen (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 (Movie)

Professor Albus Dumbledore (Actor)

Ladies in Lavender 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Layer Cake 2005 (Movie)

Eddie Temple (Actor)

Being Julia 2004 (Movie)

Jimmie Langton (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 (Movie)

Albus Dumbledore (Actor)

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 2004 (Movie)

Editor Paley (Actor)

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 2004 (Movie)

Oseary Drakoulias (Actor)

Ali G Indahouse 2003 (Movie)

Prime Minister (Actor)

Endgame 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Open Range 2003 (Movie)

Denton Baxter (Actor)

Sylvia 2003 (Movie)

Professor Thomas (Actor)

The Actors 2003 (Movie)

Barreller (Actor)

Charlotte Gray 2001 (Movie)

Levade (Actor)

Christmas Carol: the Movie 2001 (Movie)

of Ghost of Christmas Present (Voice)

Gosford Park 2001 (Movie)

Sir William McCordle (Actor)

High Heels and Low Lives 2001 (Movie)

Kerrigan (Actor)

A Monkey's Tale 2000 (Movie)

of Master Martin (Voice)

Ghosts 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last September 2000 (Movie)

Sir Richard Naylor (Actor)

Wives and Daughters 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Plunkett & Macleane 1999 (Movie)

Lord Chief Justice Gibson (Actor)

Sleepy Hollow 1999 (Movie)

Baltus Van Tassel (Actor)

The Gambler 1999 (Movie)

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Actor)

The Insider 1999 (Movie)

Thomas Sandefur (Actor)

Daedalus & Icarus 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing At Lughnasa 1998 (Movie)

Father Jack Mundy (Actor)

Midnight in Saint Petersburg 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Orpheus & Eurydice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Perseus & the Gorgon 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Theseus & the Minotaur 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Bullet to Beijing 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Nothing Personal 1997 (Movie)

Leonard Wilson (Actor)

Samson and Delilah 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Innocent Sleep 1997 (Movie)

Matheson (Actor)

The Wind in the Willows 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

The Wings of the Dove 1997 (Movie)

Kate's Father (Actor)

Mary Reilly 1996 (Movie)

Mary's Father (Actor)

Two Deaths 1996 (Movie)

Daniel Pavenic (Actor)

Maigret II 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Man of No Importance 1994 (Movie)

Carney (Actor)

Clean Slate 1994 (Movie)

Cornell (Actor)

Squanto: A Warrior's Tale 1994 (Movie)

Sir George (Actor)

The Browning Version 1994 (Movie)

Dr Frobisher (Actor)

Maigret 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Toys 1992 (Movie)

The General (Actor)

Mobsters 1991 (Movie)

Don Faranzano (Actor)

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover 1990 (Movie)

Albert Spica--The Thief (Actor)

A Dry White Season 1989 (Movie)

Magistrate (Actor)

Paris By Night 1989 (Movie)

Gerald Paige (Actor)

The Rachel Papers 1989 (Movie)

Dr Knowd (Actor)

Missing Link 1988 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Singing Detective 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Turtle Diary 1986 (Movie)

George Fairbairn (Actor)

Catholics 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beast Must Die 1973 (Movie)

Jan Jarmokowski (Actor)

Absurd Person Singular (TV Show)

Actor

Angels in America (TV Show)

Actor

Faith (Movie)

Peter Moreton (Actor)

Longitude (TV Show)

Actor

Luck (Tv Show)

Actor

Path To War (TV Show)

Actor

Samson and Delilah (Movie)

(Actor)

The Heat of the Day (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost Prince (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the most respected and accomplished actors on stage, film and television since the 1960s, Sir Michael Gambon essayed men of complex passions, flaws and appetites in projects ranging from classical theater and "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" (1989) to the "Harry Potter" franchise, where he replaced Richard Harris as the fatherly wizard Dumbledore. An acolyte of Laurence Olivier, he honed his craft on the British stage in productions of plays by Samuel Beckett and Alan Ayckbourn; major theater awards precipitated celebrated turns on television in "The Singing Detective" (BBC1, 1986), which in turn launched a film career as dastards like his brutal gangster in "Thief" or men hobbled by regret in "Dancing in Lunghnasa" (1998). Hits in Hollywood like "Sleepy Hollow" (1999) boosted his profile, which led to Emmy nominations for "The Path to War" (HBO, 2002) and "Emma" (BBC1, 2009) as well as steady work on stage and in front of the camera. While most moviegoers recognized him as Dumbledore, his vast and storied career displayed a breadth of talent that made him an actor worthy of his late mentor's mantle of the world's finest working actor.

Relationships

Edward Gambon

Father
Irish; emigrated to England c. 1948

Mary Gambon

Mother
Irish; emigrated to England c. 1948

Fergus Gambon

Son
Born 1964; mother, Anne Miller Worked at Phillips (auction house); also appeared as an expert on BBC's "Antiques Roadshow"

Michael Gambon

Son
Born May 2007; mother, Philippa Hart

William Gambon

Son
Born June 22, 2009; mother, Philippa Hart

Philippa Hart Set Decorator

Companion
Affair revealed 2002 when Gambon brought her to the set of "Gosford Park" (2001)

Anne Miller

Wife
Married 1962 Gambon moved out of their marital home when his affair with Philippa Hart was revealed 2002

EDUCATION

St. Aloysius' College

Milestones

2012

Cast opposite Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins, and Billy Connolly in "Quartet," Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut

2010

Reprised role of Prof. Dumbledore for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the seventh and final installment of series directed by David Yates; film released in two parts, Part 1 November 2010 and Part 2 July 2011

2010

Portrayed King George V in "The King's Speech"

2009

Cast as Mr. Woodhouse in BBC production of "Emma"; earned Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

2009

Lent his voice to Wes Anderson's animated adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

2009

Again played Prof. Dumbledore in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"

2007

Joined BBC series "Cranford" (aired in U.S. on PBS)

2007

Reprised role of Prof. Dumbledore in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"

2007

Cast in Michael Apted's "Amazing Grace"

2006

Acted opposite Matt Damon in Robert De Niro's long-anticipated "The Good Shepherd"

2006

Cast in John Moore's remake of 1976 horror classic "The Omen"

2005

Starred in Matthew Vaughn's British gangster hit "Layer Cake"

2005

Again portrayed Prof. Dumbledore in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth book in J.K. Rowling's hit fantasy series

2004

Replaced the late Richard Harris in role of Prof. Albus Dumbledore for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"

2004

Starred opposite Jeremy Irons and Annette Bening in "Being Julia"

2004

Played Sir John Falstaff in Nicholas Hytner's National Theatre production of "Henry IV, Part 1" and "Henry IV, Part 2"

2002

Portrayed President Lyndon B. Johnson in "Path to War"; earned Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor

2001

Cast as the host of a shooting party in Robert Altman's ensemble "Gosford Park"

2001

Played a Frenchman hiding a pair of Jewish orphans in "Charlotte Gray"

2000

Starred in "Cressida" on the London stage

2000

Performed in a revival of Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker"

2000

Cast as clockmaker John Harrison in miniseries "Longitude" (aired in U.S. on A&E)

1999

Appeared in Michael Mann's "The Insider"

1998

Played Father Jack, the only brother in a family of sisters in "Dancing at Lughnasa"

1997

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

1996

Made Broadway debut in David Hare's "Skylight"; earned a Tony nomination

1996

Provided voice of Badger in animated film "The Wind in the Willows"

1992

Starred as the title character on BBC series "Maigret"

1992

Co-starred with Robin Williams in "Toys"

1989

Made U.S. feature film debut in "A Dry White Season"

1987

Had stage triumph in revival of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge"

1986

Played title role in BBC miniseries "The Singing Detective"

1974

Feature film debut, "The Beast Must Die"

1973

TV movie debut, "Catholics" (ITV)

1963

Joined the National Theatre, then under direction of Lord Laurence Olivier

1962

Made stage debut in small role in "Othello" at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, Ireland

Bonus Trivia

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Gambon was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1990.

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"You have to be a movie star to be a celebrity. Theater actors are just tolerated, smiled at" – Gambon quoted in the New York Post, Sept. 19, 1996

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