Irish-English actor Sir Michael John Gambon CBE was born on October 19, 1940. Alongside Laurence Olivier, Gambon was one of the original members of the Royal National Theatre, where he debuted as an actor.
He won three Olivier Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four BAFTA Awards during his six-decade career. He was knighted in 1998 by Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions to play.
Michael John Gambon was born on October 19, 1940, in the Cabra neighborhood of Dublin. His father, Edward Gambon, worked as an engineer in World War II, while his mother, Mary, was a seamstress.
When Gambon was six years old, his father transferred the family to Mornington Crescent in the Camden neighborhood of London to find employment in the rebuilding of London.
His father arranged for him to become a British citizen. This move later made it possible for him to be awarded a meaningful knighthood.
He was raised as a devout Catholic and served at the altar while attending St. Aloysius Boys’ School in Somers Town.
The actor Peter Sellers attended St. Aloysius’ College in Highgate, where he later graduated. Later, he relocated to North End, Kent, where he attended Crayford Secondary School but left at 15 without receiving a diploma.
He afterward completed an apprenticeship with Vickers-Armstrong as a toolmaker. He was an accomplished engineering technician by the time he was 21.
He continued working there for another year, developing a lifetime interest in collecting vintage firearms, watches, clocks, and autos.
What happened to Michael Gambon?
Michael Gambon passed away at the age of 82. who had a remarkable playing career that took him from Laurence Olivier’s developing National Theatre to screen parts in The Singing Detective and the Harry Potter movies?
Publicist Clair Dobbs released a statement on behalf of his wife, Lady Gambon, and son, Fergus, saying We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon.
Michael, a beloved husband and father, left peacefully in the hospital after suffering from pneumonia, with his wife Anne and son Fergus by his side. Michael was 82 years old.
We appreciate your expressions of love and support but ask that you respect our need for privacy during this difficult time.
He was famously referred to as “The Great Gambon” by Ralph Richardson, and a generation of actors revered him. He was particularly talented in plays by Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, and Alan Ayckbourn.
Ayckbourn remarked on Thursday, “I owe Michael a great deal. He was a fantastic theatre actor. It was an honor to observe him working on my things. It was more of an act of spontaneous combustion than what you call acting.
At the age of 22, Gambon wed mathematician Anne Miller in 1962. He was known for guarding his privacy, so when asked about his wife during an interview, he replied, “What wife?” The pair resided in Kent’s Gravesend.
Their only child, Fergus became a ceramics specialist on the BBC program Antiques Roadshow.
While filming the 2001 movie Gosford Park, Gambon brought Philippa Hart, a lady 25 years his junior, on the set and introduced her to his co-stars as his girlfriend.
He left the house he and his wife occupied when their romance was made public in 2002.
Since 2000, when they collaborated on the Channel 4 television series Longitude, he has been with Hart. It was disclosed in February 2007 that Hart gave birth to a son while carrying Gambon’s child. Gambon’s third child was born in 2009, thanks to Hart.