Sir Michael Gambon, Dumbledore actor in ‘Harry Potter,’ dies age 82

Veteran actor Michael Gambon, best known for playing Albus Dumbledore in most of the “Harry Potter” movies, has died at 82 following a “bout of pneumonia,” according to a statement issued on behalf of his family.

He was known for his extensive catalogue of work across TV, film and radio, with one of his biggest roles as the psoriasis-ridden sleuth Philip Marlow in the 1980s hit BBC series “The Singing Detective.” He won the BAFTA for best actor for the role.

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> Gambon was cast as Dumbledore for six of the eight “Harry Potter” films following the death of Richard Harris in 2002.

> He was born in Cabra, Dublin, but moved to London as a child.

> He grew up in an Irish immigrant community in Camden and his first job was as an apprentice toolmaker.

> He was knighted for services to drama in 1998.

> He developed a passion for antique guns, clocks and classic cars that lasted a lifetime.

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