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.
- Graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London, England.
- 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.
- He was nominated for a 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award in 2001 (2000 season) for Best Actor for his performance in "The Caretaker" at the Comedy Theatre.
- 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 has twice played two roles previously played by 'Richard Harris (I)' (qv). The character of Jules Maigret, which 'Richard Harris (I)' (qv) played in a 1988 TV movie and secondly Albus Dumbledore of the Harry Potter Movies.
- In 2002 Gambon moved out of his marital home in Kent, England, to live with his now companion, Philippa Hart. The pair welcomed a son, Michael, in May 2007, and they are now expecting another baby for 2009.
- 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.
- In 2002, was named the successor to the late 'Richard Harris (I)' (qv) as Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series.