His family confirmed the tragic news in a statement, saying he d1ed peacefully in hospital.
“We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon,” publicist Clair Dobbs said on behalf of his wife, Lady Gambon, and son Fergus Gambon.
“Michael, a beloved husband and father, d1ed peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus by his side, following a bout of pneumonia.” Michael was 82 years old.
“We ask that you respect our privacy at this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love.”
Sir Gambon leaves an illustrious acting history, having appeared on stage and television for almost sixty years.
The actor was best recognized for his appearances as Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and in the Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech.
He rose through the ranks of the Royal National Theatre, where he co-starred with Laurence Olivier and rapidly became noted for his powerful performances.
Sir Gambon appeared in numerous Shakespearean works, including Macbeth, Hamlet, and Coriolanus.
Even though his first film performance was in a 1965 rendition of Othello, the actor’s career would not be limited to the stage.
After winning over fans’ hearts, the 82-year-old starred in iconic films such as Gosford Park, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zizzou, and Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp.
In addition, Queen Elizabeth II knighted him in 1999 for his contributions to acting.
However, the Irish actor received more recognition after becoming a popular member of the Harry Potter franchise.
In reality, he is most known for his portrayal of Albus Dumbledore, the famed Hogwarts headmaster and mentor to Harry Potter.
While it’s difficult to envision anybody other in the renowned Harry Potter role, Gambon really took over for Richard Harris, who d1ed in 2002.
Sir Gambon, who joined the ensemble later, made the character his own and featured in the franchise from 2004 to 20011.
Later in his career, he would appear in another JK Rowling adaption, The Casual Vacancy.
Though he continued to work in his elderly age, he was forced to leave the comedy series Breeders in 2018 due to memory problems.
He is survived by his wife, Lady Anne Gambon, and their son, Fergus.