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Michael Gambon

Highest Rated:   100% The Alps (2007)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Baker (2007)
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Birthplace:   Dublin
One of Britain's most revered stage performers, Michael Gambon (born October 19th, 1940) was described by the late Sir Ralph Richardson as "The Great Gambon." The fierce-looking Irish actor joined Britain's National Theatre in 1963 after being personally selected by Sir Laurence Olivier. He quickly worked his way up to leading parts and became particularly well known for his work in a number of Alan Ayckbourn plays. Gambon's career received a major boost in 1980, when he took the title role in John Dexter's production of The Life of Galileo; he subsequently became a regular player with both the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The actor received particular acclaim for his work in A View from the Bridge, for which he won all of the major drama awards in 1987, and Volpone, for which he won the 1995 Evening Standard Award. Gambon made his Broadway debut in 1997 in New York's Royal Theatre production of David Hare's Skylight.While he was busy racking up an impressive number of plays, Gambon also found time to nurture a film career. Although he made his screen debut in a 1965 adaptation of Othello, the actor appeared only sporadically in films until the late '80s, when he began earning recognition for his work in such films as Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989), which cast him as the sadistic titular thief. He went on to do starring work in a number of diverse films, including A Man of No Importance (1994), The Browning Version (1994), Dancing at Lughnasa (1998), and Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow (1999). Extremely busy during the millennial turnover, Gambon once again caught the attention of audiences in Robert Altman's much-praised comedy Gosford Park before taking over the late Richard Harris's role as Albus Dumbledore in 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, subsequently portraying the character for the remainder of the films. Gambon, who became a familiar face to PBS devotees via his title role in Dennis Potter's quirky TV serial The Singing Detective (1986-1987), was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1992.The actor would further demonstrate his range by appearing in 2004's highly stylized sci-fi adventure Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, the British crime thriller Layer Cake, and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, an edgy comedy from director Wes Anderson. Gambon continued in his role of Dumbledore until the Harry Potter film franchise came to an end in 2011 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
57% Viceroy's House
  • Actor
2017
29% Dad's Army
  • Private Godfrey
2016
No Score Yet The Casual Vacancy
  • Howard Mollison
2015
98% Paddington
  • Uncle Pastuzo
2015
No Score Yet Restless
  • Baron Mansfield
2014
No Score Yet Common
  • Actor
2014
79% Quartet
  • Cedric Livingston
2013
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: The Habit Of Art
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet National Theater Live: The Magistrate
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Absurd Person Singular
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Endgame
  • Actor
2012
88% London: The Modern Babylon
  • Actor
2012
92% Page Eight
  • Benedict Baron
2011
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  • Professor Albus Dumbledore
2011
95% The King's Speech
  • King George V
2010
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
  • Professor Albus Dumbledore
2010
48% The Book of Eli
  • George
2010
92% Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Franklin Bean
2009
84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Professor Albus Dumbledore
2009
63% Brideshead Revisited
  • Lord Marchmain
2008
No Score Yet Alps - Climb of Your Life
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Joe's Palace
  • Actor
2007
0% The Baker
  • Leo
2007
31% The Good Night
  • Alan Weigert
2007
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Albus Dumbledore
2007
100% The Alps
  • Narrator
2007
No Score Yet Celebration
  • Actor
2007
70% Amazing Grace
  • Lord Charles Fox
2007
No Score Yet Cranford
  • Mr. Holbrook
2007
54% The Good Shepherd
  • Dr. Fredericks
2006
27% The Omen
  • Bugenhagen
2006
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Albus Dumbledore
2005
67% Deep Blue
  • Narrator
2005
81% Layer Cake
  • Eddie Temple
2005
No Score Yet Stories of Lost Souls
  • Larry
2005
56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • Oseary Drakoulias
2004
56% Ali G Indahouse
  • Prime Minister
2004
76% Being Julia
  • Jimmy Langton
2004
72% Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  • Editor Paley
2004
91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Albus Dumbledore
2004
37% Sylvia
  • Professor Thomas
2003
79% Open Range
  • Denton Baxter
2003
No Score Yet Los Actores
  • Barreller
2003
No Score Yet The Lost Prince
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Path to War
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
2002
32% Charlotte Gray
  • Auguste Levade
2002
No Score Yet Maigret
  • Actor
2002
86% Gosford Park
  • Sir William McCordle
2001
20% High Heels and Lowlifes
  • Kerrigan
2001
No Score Yet Monkey's Tale
  • Master Martin
2001
No Score Yet Almost Strangers
  • Actor
2001
20% Christmas Carol - The Movie
  • Ghost of Christmas Present
2001
42% The Last September
  • Sir Richard Naylor
2000
No Score Yet Longitude
  • John Harrison
2000
67% Sleepy Hollow
  • Baltus Van Tassel
1999
96% The Insider
  • Thomas Sandefur
1999
25% Plunkett & Macleane
  • Lord Chief Justice Gibson
1999
65% Dancing at Lughnasa
  • Father Jack Mundy
1998
86% The Wings of the Dove
  • Kate's father
1997
14% The Gambler
  • Dostoyevsky
1997
No Score Yet The Willows in Winter
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Samson and Delilah
  • King Hanun
1996
26% Mary Reilly
  • Mary's Father
1996
No Score Yet The Innocent Sleep
  • Det. Inspector Matheson
1996
No Score Yet Midnight in Saint Petersburg
  • Alex Alexovich
1996
No Score Yet The Wind in the Willows
  • Badger
1995
38% Two Deaths
  • Daniel Pavenic
1995
No Score Yet Nothing Personal
  • Leonard
1995
No Score Yet Bullet to Beijing
  • Alexei
1995
No Score Yet Midnight in St. Petersburg
  • Actor
1995
82% The Browning Version
  • Dr. Frobisher
1994
85% A Man of No Importance
  • Ivor Carney
1994
No Score Yet Faith
  • Peter Moreton
1994
19% Clean Slate
  • Cornell
1994
60% Squanto: A Warrior's Tale
  • Sir George
1994
26% Toys
  • Gen. Zevo
1992
6% Mobsters
  • Don Faranzano
1991
81% A Dry White Season
  • Magistrate
1989
89% The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  • Albert Spica
1989
40% The Rachel Papers
  • Dr. Knowd, Oxford Don
1989
No Score Yet Missing Link
  • Narrator
1988
No Score Yet Paris by Night
  • Gerald Paige
1988
No Score Yet Ghosts
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Ghosts
  • Pastor Manders
1987
No Score Yet Forbidden Passion - Oscar Wilde the Movie
  • Actor
1986
90% Turtle Diary
  • Fairbairn
1985
No Score Yet The Beast Must Die
  • Jan Jamokowksi
1974
No Score Yet Catholics
  • Brother Kevin
1973
No Score Yet Nothing But the Night (The Devil's Undead) (The Resurrection Syndicate)
  • Inspector Grant
1972
80% Othello
  • Company
1965

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Doctor Who Confidential
2005
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
  • Actor
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Mortimer
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Benedict Baron Harrison Mr. Holbrook Mr. Woodhouse Edward VII Squire Hamley
88% Doctor Who
2006
  • Kazran Sardick
89% Angels in America
2003
  • Prior No. 1
87% Luck
2011-2012
  • Michael Smythe
No Score Yet Restless
2012
  • Baron Mansfield
89% Fortitude
2015
  • Henry Tyson
54% The Casual Vacancy
2015
  • Howard Mollison
100% The Hollow Crown
2012-2016
  • Mortimer

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