Oct. 19th, 1940
Guest TV Roles
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 (II)'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 (I) 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.
- He was nominated for a 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award in 1999 (1998 season) for Best Actor for his performance in "The Unexpected Man".
- In 2002, was named the successor to the late 'Richard Harris (I)' (qv) as Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series.
- Auditioned for the role of James Bond after 'George Lazenby' (qv) left the series, but was turned down because they didn't want to hire another unknown.
- For years he used to carry around what he said was a signed photograph of 'Robert De Niro' (qv), claiming to have met him, though the two had never in fact met. In _The Good Shepherd (2006)_ (qv), he is directed by DeNiro.
- His first child, Fergus, was born to him and his wife in 1964.
- He was nominated for a 1998 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award for Best Actor of the 1997 season for his performance in "Tom and Clem" at the Aldwych Theatre.
- He was awarded the 1995 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in Volpone.
- Graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London, England.