Mostly Credited As: Michael Gambon
Sometimes Credited As: Sir Michael Gambon
Sir Michael John Gambon, CBE
Birth Name: Michael John Gambon
Date Of Birth: October 19, 1940 (Age 75)
Country Of Birth: Ireland
Birth Place: Dublin
Height: 6' (1.82 m)
After joining the National Theatre, under the Artistic Directorship of Sir Laurence Olivier, Michael went on to appear in a number of leading roles in plays written by Alan Ayckbourn. His career was catapulted in 1980 when he took the lead role in John Dexter's production of Galileo. Since then Michael has regularly appeared at the Royal National Theatre and the RSC. Roles include, King Lear, Othello, Mark Anthony and Volpone. He was described by the late Sir Ralph Richardson as being 'The Great Gambon' and he is now considered to be one of the British theatre's leading lights.
Trivia Michael was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1988 (1987 season) for Best Actor in a New Play for his performance in A View from the Bridge.
Michael was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1986 (1985 season) for Best Comedy Performance for A Chorus of Disapproval.
In 2002, Michael was named the successor to the late Richard Harris as Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series. His Potter debut was in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).
Michael auditioned for the role of James Bond after George Lazenby left the series, but was turned down because they didn't want to hire another unknown.
Michael was knighted in 1992 by Queen Elizabeth II, despite having been born in the "Republic" of Ireland.
Michael is a major antique weapon enthusiast.
In 2002, Michael & co. won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for: Gosford Park (2001).
In 2002, Michael & co. won the Special Achievement Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble for: Gosford Park (2001).
In 1987, Michael won the RTS Television Award for Best Performance - Male for: The Singing Detective (1986).
In 2000, Michael won the RTS Television Award for Best Actor - Male for: Wives and Daughters (1999).
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