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Creator / Michael Gambon

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"Every part I play is just a variant of my own personality. No real character actor, of course, just me."

Sir Michael John Gambon CBE (19 October 1940 - 27 September 2023) was an acclaimed Irish-English actor from Dublin.

Probably best known worldwide for playing Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series of films following Richard Harris' death, but his career was much broader than this. He was already an accomplished stage actor when he got his big break on television in The Singing Detective. Since that breakthrough role, he divided his time between stage, film, and television, with equal panache in each medium.

On the Top Gear track, the final corner ("Gambon") is named after him after he nearly rolled the car and went around it on two wheels. In addition to the above, Gambon is also known for his roles in these works. His last major role was The Film of the Series of the classic Brit Com Dad's Army.

Gambon later had to retire from stage acting due to his deteriorating memory, though he continued to work in film and television. He passed away from pneumonia on 27 September 2023 at the age of 82.

As his title at the top shows, he was knighted but people were advised to never refer to him by the title.

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