Birth Date: October 19, 1940
Birth Place: Dublin, Ireland
Notable Films: Sleepy Hollow, Gosford Park, Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban, The Book of Eli
Awards: BAFTA Award (Best Actor | The Singing Detective)
Michael Gambon Biography:
Michael Gambon was born in Dublin, Ireland during the Second World War. His mother was a seamstress, and his father was an engineer. The family moved to London when Gambon was 5 years old, and he became a British citizen. He attended St Aloysius Boys’ School, and, later, Crawford Secondary School in Kent. He left school at 15 with no qualifications and went to work as a toolmaker, before becoming an engineer.
At the age of 24, Gambon wrote to the Gate Theatre in Dublin, enclosing an impressive, but fabricated CV, and was accepted. He made his professional theater debut in 1962 in Othello. He was a prolific theater performer over the rest of the ‘60s and early-’70s. And he made his big screen debut in Othello (1965), but he won critical acclaim in 1986 for playing the lead in The Singing Detective, for which he scooped a BAFTA Award.
After this Gambon had top roles in films like The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Toys (1992), and The Gambler (1997). He had some other iconic roles in movies like Layer Cake (2004). But it was 2004 that Gambon’s career took an upturn when he took over the role of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films. Following the death of Richard Harris, Gambon took over the role, first in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), and for the subsequent five films in the franchise.