The actor known for his work in TV, film, theatre and radio over a six-decade career, perhaps best for his role as Albus Dumbledore in six of the Harry Potter films, has passed away.

Sir Michael Gambon has passed away at 82, according to his family. His wife, Lady Gambon and son Fergus, said the "beloved husband and father" passed away peacefully at a hospital surrounded by his family by his side, following a battle with pneuomonia.

Sir Michael began his career as an original member of Laurence Olivier's National Theatre acting company in London, where he would win three Oliver awards for performances in National Theatre productions.

Many knew him from his portrayal of Jules Maigret in ITV series Maigret and was also known for his role as Philip Marlow in Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective on the BBC.

After the death of the original Dumbledore actor, Richard Harris, in 2003, Gambon joined the cast in the series based on J.K. Rowling's novels for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, where he would become iconic as the school's headmaster.

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” – Albus Dumbledore.

He was nominated for Emmy awards for his role as Mr Woodhouse in an adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma in 2010, and for playing President Lyndon B Johnson in Path to War in 2002. He also got a Tony nomination in 1997 for a role in David Hare play Skylight.

Gambon was knighted for his service to the entertainment industry in 1998.

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