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.
- 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.
- 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.
- He was awarded the 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award in 1988 (1987 season) for Best Actor in a New Play for his performance in "A View from the Bridge".
- 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.
- He was awarded the 1990 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actor for his performance in Man of the Moment.
- 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.
- He was awarded the 1995 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in Volpone.
- 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.