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Michael Gambon Poster

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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 19 October 1940Dublin, Ireland
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

After joining the National Theatre, under the Artistic Directorship of Sir Laurence Olivier, Gambon went on to appear in a number of leading roles in plays written by Alan Ayckbourn. His career was catapulted in 1980 when he took the lead role in John Dexter's production of "Galileo". Since then, Gambon has regularly appeared at the Royal National Theatre and the RSC. Roles include, King Lear, Othello, Mark Anthony and Volpone. He was described by the late Sir Ralph Richardson as being "The Great Gambon" and he is now considered to be one of the British theatre's leading lights. He was made a CBE in 1992.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Marc Brenner

Spouse (1)

Anne Miller (1962 - present) (separated) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Rich smooth voice

Trivia (31)

Antique weapon enthusiast.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1992 and was Knighthood of the British Empire in the 1998 Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to drama.
Auditioned for the role of James Bond after George Lazenby left the series, but was turned down because they didn't want to hire another unknown.
In 2002, was named the successor to the late Richard Harris as Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series.
He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1986 (1985 season) for Best Comedy Performance for "A Chorus of Disapproval".
He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1988 (1987 season) for Best Actor in a New Play for his performance in "A View from the Bridge".
He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2001 (2000 season) for Best Actor for his performance in "The Caretaker" at the Comedy Theatre.
He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1999 (1998 season) for Best Actor for his performance in "The Unexpected Man".
He was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor of the 1997 season for his performance in "Tom and Clem" at the Aldwych Theatre.
He was nominated for a 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor of 2002 for his performance in "A Number" at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs.
He was awarded the 1987 London Evening Standard Theate Award for Best Actor for his performance in A View from the Bridge.
He was awarded the 2000 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama) for Best Actor for his performance in The Caretaker at the Comedy Theatre and Cressida at the Albery Theatre.
He was awarded the 1990 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actor for his performance in Man of the Moment.
He was awarded the 1995 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in Volpone.
After going round the final corner of the "Top Gear" (BBC TV, Season 1, episode 8; 2002) test track on two wheels during their Star In A Reasonably Priced Car segment, the corner was named after him.
An Associate Member of RADA.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1997 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for "Skylight."
Graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London, England.
He has twice played two roles previously played by Richard Harris. The character of Jules Maigret, which Richard Harris played in a 1988 TV movie and secondly Albus Dumbledore of the Harry Potter Movies.
For years he used to carry around what he said was a signed photograph of Robert De Niro, claiming to have met him, though the two had never in fact met. In The Good Shepherd (2006), he is directed by DeNiro.
Holds a private pilot's license and flies his own plane regularly when not filming on location.
In 2007 he was nominated for Best Actor at the ESB/Irish Times Theatre awards for his role in the stage adaptation of Samuel Becketts Eh Joe.
In 2002 Gambon moved out of his marital home in Kent, England, to live with his now companion, Philippa Hart. The pair welcomed two sons: Michael in May 2007, and William in June 2009.
His first child, Fergus, was born to him and his wife in 1964.
He doesn't like being interviewed and he once said he lies during interviews to make them more interesting. When someone asked Gambon if he had problems with playing a gay man he replied by saying it was easy because he used to be a homosexual but was forced to quit because it made his eyes water.
During an appearance on the BBC program "Top Gear", Gambon took part in the show's regular "Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car" segment. He went around the final corner of the track on two wheels, and, in honor of the feat, the corner has henceforth been dubbed "Gambon" by the show's hosts.
He played two Kings of England; King Edward VII in The Lost Prince (2003) and his son King George V in The King's Speech (2010). He also played the United States President Lyndon Johnson in Path to War (2002).
Voted Best Supporting Actor for Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol (2010) by readers of Doctor Who Magazine.
At the Royal National Theatre, London, performing in the production of William Shakespeares 'Henry the 4th' (parts 1 & 2). [May 2005]
At the Duke of York Theatre, London, performing in Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land", with David Walliams and David Bradley. [December 2008]
As of 2014, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Insider (1999), Gosford Park (2001) and The King's Speech (2010). The latter won in the category.

Personal Quotes (1)

Theater actors are just tolerated. You have to be a movie star to be a celebrity.

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