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A respected veteran of the British stage who parlayed his talents into television and film, Michael Gambon was born Oct. 19, 1940, in Dublin, Ireland. He studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was later handpicked by Laurence Olivier to join the National Theatre Company. Gambon went on to perform with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, making his big-screen debut with Othello (1965).

Despite his classical training, Gambon is best known by far for taking over the role of headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter franchise, beginning with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).

Gambon earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson in the HBO drama Path to War (2002) and garnered a second Emmy nod for his supporting turn as the title character's father in the BBC miniseries "Emma" (2009).

Michael Gambon in Harry Potter the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

2011 PG-13

In the saga's final installment, Harry and friends continue their quest to vanquish Voldemort. Just as things begin to look hopeless, Harry discovers a trio of magical objects that endow him with powers to rival Voldemort's formidable skills.

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  • Michael Gambon in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Michael Gambon in Fortitude Fortitude
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  • Michael Gambon in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Michael Gambon in Gosford Park Gosford Park
  • Michael Gambon in The King's Speech The King's Speech
  • Michael Gambon in Open Range Open Range
  • Michael Gambon in Wives & Daughters Wives & Daughters
  • Michael Gambon in Fantastic Mr. Fox Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Michael Gambon in The Book of Eli The Book of Eli
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  • Michael Gambon in The Good Shepherd The Good Shepherd
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  • Michael Gambon in Amazing Grace Amazing Grace
  • Michael Gambon in Brideshead Revisited Brideshead Revisited
  • Michael Gambon in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • Michael Gambon in Sleepy Hollow Sleepy Hollow
  • Michael Gambon in Restless Restless
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  • Michael Gambon in Angels in America Angels in America
  • Michael Gambon in Assassin in Love Assassin in Love
  • Michael Gambon in Masterpiece Classic: Emma Masterpiece Classic: Emma
  • Michael Gambon in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  • Michael Gambon in The Singing Detective The Singing Detective
  • Michael Gambon in The Lost Prince The Lost Prince
  • Michael Gambon in Layer Cake Layer Cake
  • Michael Gambon in The Good Night The Good Night
  • Michael Gambon in The Casual Vacancy The Casual Vacancy
  • Michael Gambon in Othello Othello
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  • Michael Gambon in The Mystery of Lord Lucan The Mystery of Lord Lucan
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  • Michael Gambon in The Seagull / An Artist's Story The Seagull / An Artist's Story
  • Michael Gambon in The Dame Edna Experience: Series 2 The Dame Edna Experience: Series 2
  • Michael Gambon in The Last September The Last September
  • Michael Gambon in Path to War Path to War
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