Michael Gambon

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Name: Michael Gambon ( Michael John Gambon )
Born: October 19, 1940
Age: 82 years old
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Height: 6 Feet
Occupation: actor
Tags: actor
Relationship Status: in a common-law union
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    Michael Gambon: biography

    Michael John Gambon is an Irish actor, director, and writer who won Emmy and the Golden Globe. He began his career in 1965 and appeared in various movie genres.

    Childhood and youth

    The would-be artist was born in Dublin, Ireland, on October 19, 1940. The family had to move after the Second World war: the father was responsible for reconstruction in London. The boy attended a Catholic college, but he could not see the future there and skipped classes. To earn his living, Michael got hired as a toolmaker and gave his money to his parents.

    The actor Michael Gambon
    The actor Michael Gambon

    The tall (6 feet or 183 cm.) young man found what he liked most: acting. He started his career at the Unity Theater troupe. However, Gambon had no professional skills and remained unknown; he believed it was not a good idea to become an artist.

    Young Michael Gambon
    Young Michael Gambon

    Soon, Gambon entered St. Aloysius’ College to study engineering and receive a proper education. After graduation, he devoted himself to the stage and gladly accepted the offer of the Dublin troupe. He spent there three years and then continued to play at London groups.


    Although Michael had a significant experience by that moment, 1981 is considered the beginning of his career. The British queen herself invited him to the royal theater.

    Michael Gambon at the theater stage
    Michael Gambon at the theater stage

    It was a challenging way: four years after the theater opening, the young man did not dare to shine as bright as experienced and respectful professionals. At first, he received only minor and extra roles. While short phrases could hardly develop his talent to a large extent, the years in this environment were not wasted.

    Michael Gambon as Othello
    Michael Gambon as Othello

    In a while, the administration noticed the ambitious actor and began to give him lead parts. His Othello or King Lear made the audience excited and turned him into a popular theater figure across the country.


    In addition to the theater work, 25-year-old Michael debuted in the movie Othello. Although Laurence Olivier personified the protagonist, there was nothing to complain about. Soon, other directors invited Gambon to their projects.

    Michael Gambon in the movie The Beast Must Die
    Michael Gambon in the movie The Beast Must Die

    Surprisingly, the actor was getting more and more recognizable with secondary parts; it was impossible not to notice his talent. For instance, the movie The Beast Must Die was memorable for a long time.

    Sleepy Hollow was marked with the broader love of the audience. People of various ages were watching it all over the globe. The movie grossed $200 million and earned the Academy Award.

    Michael Gambon in the movie Sleepy Hollow
    Michael Gambon in the movie Sleepy Hollow

    The tremendous success was followed by equally popular pictures. The drama The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover was a breakthrough. Peter Greenaway himself invited the actor to the auditions, and it would be disrespectful to decline the offer.

    Michael Gambon in the movie The Casual Vacancy
    Michael Gambon in the movie The Casual Vacancy

    Further on, the artist’s fans enjoyed his acting in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Layer Cake, and Amazing Grace. At 60, Gambon got the opportunity to appear in Harry Potter.

    Michael Gambon in the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    Michael Gambon in the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    The project brought more aesthetic pleasure than money and fame, but Michael played in several seasons of the fantasy.

    Richard Harris and Michael Gambon as Dumbledore
    Richard Harris and Michael Gambon as Dumbledore

    He took the role of his predecessor, Richard Harris, the genius director and actor who had been working on numerous movies and gained many prizes. As he passed away, senior-aged Gambon personified the kind, old professor. Dumbledore became children’s favorite worldwide.

    Personal life

    Michael did not enjoy personal happiness at once. He married his first wife, the British actress Anne Miller, at the age of 22. In 1967, their son Fergus was born. Despite 50 years of their life together, the spouses divorced.

    Anne Miller (left) and Philippa Hart (right)
    Anne Miller (left) and Philippa Hart (right)

    In 2000, the actor’s colleague Philippa Hart became his partner; they co-starred in Gosford Park. Three years later, the woman gave birth to the son named after his father.

    Present days

    Overall, Michael Gambon has participated in more than 50 projects. The international recognition came to him only when he reached a senior age. The actor appreciates every opportunity to play and sees it as the last chance.

    Michael Gambon in 2017
    Michael Gambon in 2017

    The artist likes to communicate with his colleagues; he is always ready to help. The actor Ian McKellen is his friend.

    Michael Gambon’s net worth is $15 million in 2019.


    • 1989 – A Dry White Season
    • 1992-1993 - Maigret
    • 1998 - Dancing at Lughnasa
    • 1999 - Sleepy Hollow
    • 2001 - Gosford Park
    • 2002-2011 – Harry Potter
    • 2004 - Being Julia
    • 2007 - The Good Shepherd
    • 2014 - Paddington
    • 2015 - The Casual Vacancy
    • 2015 - Fortitude
    • 2016 - The Hollow Crown
    • 2017 - Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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