Michael Gambon, Irish and British actor, translator of the character Albus Dumbledore in the “Harry Potter” saga, dies

Michael Gambon, Irish and British actor, translator of the character Albus Dumbledore in the “Harry Potter” saga, dies

Irish and British actor Michael Gambon in London on January 26, 2016.

If Richard Harris hadn’t died in 2002, a week before his releaseharry potter and the chamber of secrets, Thus leaving the position of Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry vacant, this obituary would undoubtedly no longer exist. Michael Gambon, who replaced Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) for both parts Deathly Hallows (2010 and 2011), owes most of his fame outside the United Kingdom to his contribution to the saga Harry Potter.

This character of the benevolent but elusive magician is not enough to summarize the career of an actor who was not only one of the pillars of British theater, from the eighties until the beginning of the century, but was also the translator of an essential series in history. the television – Lyric detective (1986) – and a supporting role that often overshadowed the first role on the big screen. Michael Gambon died of pneumonia. In London ((Witham, in Essex)) Wednesday 27th September ((Thursday 28??))His family announced. He was 82 years old.

Michael Gambon was born on October 19, 1940 in Dublin. In 1946, he and his mother joined his father who crossed the Irish Sea to participate in the reconstruction of London, giving the child dual British and Irish citizenship. As a teenager, he took mechanics courses which allowed him to get hired by the aircraft manufacturer Vickers Armstrong.

Theater star

Helping build sets for an amateur band, he caught the stage bug. Posing as a London actor, he managed to get a job with an Irish company, and then joined the company of Sir Laurence Olivier (1907-1989), Royal National Theatre. There he plays well until Olivier advises him to move away from London to take up more substantive roles. In Birmingham he played Othello, Macbeth and Coriolanus.

In 1970, he returned to London and stunned critics and audiences with the lead role of Life of GalileoA play written by Bertolt Brecht, directed by John Dexter. He became a star of contemporary British theatre, playing – and co-creating – Harold Pinter Betrayals – David Hare or Alan Ayckbourn. The latter directs him Viewed from the bridgedirected by Arthur Miller, in 1987, in the role of dock worker Eddie Carbone, a performance that cemented the actor’s reputation.

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His physique, which he compared to A.J “A torn plastic bag.”He was banned from performing certain roles, starting with Hamlet. This did not prevent him from exuding authority and irresistible charm at times, as the Hogwarts students eventually realised.

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