Michael Gambon

Michael Gambon

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Alps (2007)
  • Lowest Rated: 6% Mobsters (1991)
  • Birthday: Oct 19, 1940
  • 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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

83% Judy Actor 2019
35% King of Thieves Actor 2019
40% The Last Witness Frank Hamilton 2018
64% Mad to Be Normal Syndey Kotok 2018
66% Victoria & Abdul Actor $21.7M 2017
52% Kingsman: The Golden Circle Arthur $99.8M 2017
73% Viceroy's House Gen. Hastings Ismay $1.1M 2017
32% Dad's Army Private Godfrey $4.7M 2016
No Score Yet The Casual Vacancy Howard Mollison 2015
97% Paddington Uncle Pastuzo $85.9M 2015
No Score Yet Common Actor 2014
No Score Yet Restless Baron Mansfield 2014
89% London: The Modern Babylon Actor 2013
80% Quartet Cedric Livingston $18.1M 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
93% Page Eight Benedict Baron 2011
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Professor Albus Dumbledore $381.1M 2011
95% The King's Speech King George V $138.4M 2010
77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Professor Albus Dumbledore $295M 2010
47% The Book of Eli George $94.9M 2010
92% Fantastic Mr. Fox Franklin Bean $21.1M 2009
83% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Professor Albus Dumbledore $302M 2009
62% Brideshead Revisited Lord Marchmain $6.4M 2008
No Score Yet Alps - Climb of Your Life Actor 2008
No Score Yet Joe's Palace Actor 2007
14% The Baker Leo 2007
31% The Good Night Alan Weigert 2007
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Albus Dumbledore $292M 2007
100% The Alps Narrator 2007
No Score Yet Celebration Actor 2007
68% Amazing Grace Lord Charles Fox $21.2M 2007
54% The Good Shepherd Dr. Fredericks $59.9M 2006
26% The Omen Bugenhagen $54.7M 2006
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Albus Dumbledore $290M 2005
67% Deep Blue Narrator 2005
80% Layer Cake Eddie Temple $2.3M 2005
No Score Yet Stories of Lost Souls Larry 2005
56% The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Oseary Drakoulias $24M 2004
56% Ali G Indahouse Prime Minister 2004
76% Being Julia Jimmy Langton $7.7M 2004
71% Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Editor Paley $37.7M 2004
90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Albus Dumbledore $249.4M 2004
37% Sylvia Professor Thomas $1.3M 2003
79% Open Range Denton Baxter $58.3M 2003
No Score Yet Los Actores Barreller 2003
71% The Lost Prince Actor 2003
No Score Yet Path to War Lyndon B. Johnson 2002
33% Charlotte Gray Auguste Levade 2002
86% Gosford Park Sir William McCordle $41.3M 2001
20% High Heels and Lowlifes Kerrigan 2001
No Score Yet Monkey's Tale Master Martin 2001
No Score Yet Almost Strangers Actor 2001
17% Christmas Carol - The Movie Ghost of Christmas Present 2001
42% The Last September Sir Richard Naylor 2000
80% Longitude John Harrison 2000
68% Sleepy Hollow Baltus Van Tassel 1999
96% The Insider Thomas Sandefur 1999
24% Plunkett & Macleane Lord Chief Justice Gibson 1999
66% Dancing at Lughnasa Father Jack Mundy 1998
84% 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
78% The Browning Version Dr. Frobisher 1994
86% 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
30% Toys Gen. Zevo 1992
6% Mobsters Don Faranzano 1991
80% A Dry White Season Magistrate 1989
87% 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
82% Othello Company 1965

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

85% Little Women
2017
Mr Laurence
  • 2018
84% Fortitude
2015-2018
Henry Tyson
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
71% Fearless
2017
  • 2017
No Score Yet Cranford
2007-2009
Mr. Holbook
  • 2017
  • 2009
  • 2007
97% The Hollow Crown
2012-2016
Mortimer
  • 2016
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Mortimer
  • 2016
  • 2014
56% The Casual Vacancy
2015
Howard Mollison
  • 2015
82% Luck
2011-2012
Michael Smythe
  • 2012
No Score Yet Restless
2012
Baron Mansfield
  • 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Benedict Baron Harrison Mr. Holbrook Mr. Woodhouse Edward VII Squire Hamley
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2004
  • 2001
  • 1990
  • 1980
94% Doctor Who
2006
Kazran Sardick
  • 2010
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
Appearing
  • 2008
  • 2007
92% Angels in America
2003
Prior No. 1
  • 2003
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
Maigret Chief Inspector Maigret
  • 1994
  • 1992
No Score Yet Doctor Who Confidential
2005
Appearing
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
1979-1988
Andrew
100% The Singing Detective
1986
Philip E. Marlow

QUOTES FROM Michael Gambon CHARACTERS

Franklin Bean
They took everything?
Albus Dumbledore
Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
Denton Baxter
You're nuthin'!
Boss Spearman
Maybe so, I'll still be breathin' in another minute.
Baltus Van Tassel
The horseman was a Hessian mercenary sent to the shores by German princes to keep Americans under the yoke of England. But unlike his compatriots, who came for money, the horseman came for love of carnage.
Michael the Lover
You have beautiful eyes
Michael the Lover
You have beautiful eyes.
Michael
You have beautiful eyes.
Albert Spica the Thief
And you have a beautiful prick, Mr. Gynecologist.
Georgina Spica
And you have a beautiful prick, Mr. Gynecologist.
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Horace? Horace?
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Most people vomit the first time
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Most people vomit the first time.
Polly Perkins
Polly is in a phone booth when the robots invade] Wait a minute. I can see something now coming into sight above the Palisades. They're crossing Sixth Avenue... Fifth Avenue... they're a hundred yards away...
Polly Perkins
Wait a minute. I can see something now coming into sight above the Palisades. They're crossing Sixth Avenue... Fifth Avenue... they're a hundred yards away...
Morris Paley
Polly. Polly!
Polly Perkins
Oh, my God.
Professor Albus Dumbledore
You brave wonderful man.
Albus Dumbledore
It's Dumbledore's Army, not Potter's.
Albus Dumbledore
HARRY POTTER!
Albus Dumbledore
It was foolish of you to come here tonight, Tom. The Aurors are on their way.
Lord Voldemort
By which time I shall be gone, and you... shall be dead.
Albus Dumbledore
It was foolish of you to come here tonight, Tom. The Aurors are on their way.
Lord Voldemort
By which time I shall be gone, and you... shall be dead.
Albus Dumbledore
It was foolish of you to come here tonight, Tom. The Aurors are on their way.
Lord Voldemort
By which time I shall be gone, and you... shall be dead.
Franklin Bean
You wrote a bad song, Petey!
Professor Severus Snape
So when the time comes... the boy must die?
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Yes. Yes... he must die.
Professor Severus Snape
You've kept him alive so that he can die at the proper moment. You've been raising him like a pig for slaughter!
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Don't tell me now that you've grown to care for the boy.
Professor Severus Snape
Expecto Patronum!
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Lily! After all this time?
Professor Severus Snape
Always.
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Draco, years ago, I knew a boy who made all the wrong choices... please, let me help you.
Albus Dumbledore
Though we may come from different countries and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one.
Franklin Bean
"You wrote a bad song, Petey!"
Franklin Bean
You wrote a bad song, Petey!
Harry Potter
Is this real, or is it just happening inside my head?
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Of course it's happening inside your head, but why should that mean it's not real?
Albus Dumbledore
Well - it's just that you seem to be laboring under the delusion that I am going to - what is the phrase - "Come quietly". I am afraid that I am not going to come quietly at all, Cornelius. I have absolutely no intention of being sent to Azkaban. I could break out, of course - but what a waste of time, and frankly, I can think of a host of things I would rather be doing.
Albus Dumbledore
Well - it's just that you seem to be laboring under the delusion that I am going to - what is the phrase - 'Come quietly'. I am afraid that I am not going to come quietly at all, Cornelius. I have absolutely no intention of being sent to Azkaban. I could break out, of course - but what a waste of time, and frankly, I can think of a host of things I would rather be doing.
Professor Albus Dumbledore
You were the seventh Horcrux, Harry, the Horcrux he never meant to make.
Georgina Spica the Wife
Yes! He's a man. He's Jewish and he's from Ethiopia!
Albert Spica the Thief
What?
Georgina Spica the Wife
His mother is a Roman Catholic, he's been imprisoned in South Africa, he's as black as the ace of spades and he probably drinks his own pee!
Cornelius Fudge
[just after Buckbeak's escape] We must search the grounds!
Albus Dumbledore
Search the *skies* if you must, Minister, but now I think I'll have a nice cup of tea, or a large brandy. Oh, and executioner, your services are no longer required. Thank you.
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on Earth should that mean that it is not real?
Harry Potter
I have to go back, haven't I?
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Oh, that's up to you
Harry Potter
I have a choice?
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Oh, yes. We're in King's Cross, you say? I think, if you so desired, you'd be able to board a train.
Harry Potter
And where would it take me?
Professor Albus Dumbledore
On.
Harry Potter
Oh, and sir?
Professor Albus Dumbledore
[turns and faces Harry]
Harry Potter
Is this all real..? Or is it just happening inside my head?
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Of course it's happening inside your head, Harry. But why then should it mean that it's not real?
Professor Severus Snape
[After making secret agreement w/ Dumbledore.] No one... can know... Your word!
Professor Severus Snape
[after making secret agreement with Dumbledore.] No one... can know... Your word!
Professor Albus Dumbledore
My word that I can never reveal the best of you, Severus?
Professor Albus Dumbledore
"words are a most inexhaustible source of magic"
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Words are a most inexhaustible source of magic.
Professor Albus Dumbledore
You're not telling me you've grown to love the boy?
Professor Severus Snape
[Shows doe patronus- same as Harry's mother's]
Professor Severus Snape
[shows doe patronus- same as Harry's mother's]
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Even after all this time?
Professor Severus Snape
Always.
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Of course all of this is happening in your mind. Why should that mean it's not real?
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on Earth should that mean that it is not real?
Professor Severus Snape
No one can know..
Professor Severus Snape
No one can know.
Professor Albus Dumbledore
I shall never reveal the best of you, Severus.
Mrs. Bean
How many jars should I bring up, Franklin?
Franklin Bean
I don't know, two I guess.
Mrs. Bean
But you drank two yesterday, though.
Franklin Bean
Alright, take three.
Mrs. Bean
[ponders] Nope. Two's plenty.
Franklin Bean
Why did he write this with letters cut out of magazines?
Walter Boggis
I don't know, but you did the same thing.
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Don't tell me now you have grown to care for the boy?
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Don't tell me now that you've grown to care for the boy.
Albus Dumbledore
[to Professor Snape] For in dreams, we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let him swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud.
Albus Dumbledore
[to Professor Snape] For in dreams, we enter a world that is entirely our own. Let him swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud.
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.
Professor Severus Snape
So when the time comes...the boy must die.
Professor Severus Snape
So when the time comes... the boy must die?
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Yes...he must die, and Voldemort himself must do it.
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Yes. Yes... he must die. [Shot of Snape collapsing at the sight of Lily's dead body]
King George V
We have been reduced to those most vile of creatures... Actors.
King George V
We've been reduced to the most vile and loathsome profession of all: actors.
Albus Dumbledore
I'd like to make an announcement, Hogwarts Castle won't be your home only for this year, but home for special guests as well.
Albus Dumbledore
I'd like to make an announcement. This castle will not only be your home this year but home to some very special guests as well.
Harry Potter
"Professor, is all this real? Or is it just happening inside my head?"
Harry Potter
Is this real? Or has this been happening inside my head?
Professor Albus Dumbledore
"Of course it's happening inside your head, Harry. Why should that mean it's not real?"
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?
Albus Dumbledore
Harry.. It is not how you are alike.. It's how you are not.
Albus Dumbledore
Harry... It's not how you are alike. It's how you are not.
Professor Albus Dumbledore
"After all this time?"
Professor Severus Snape
"Always."
Albus Dumbledore
"It was foolish to come here tonight, Tom."
Albus Dumbledore
It was foolish to come here tonight, Tom.
Lord Voldemort
"You are a fool Harry Potter, and you will loose everything."
Lord Voldemort
You are a fool Harry Potter, and you will loose everything.
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Power was my weakness and my temptation
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Power was my weakness and my temptation.
Professor Albus Dumbledore
"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Do not pity the dead Harry, Pity the living.
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Do not pity the dead Harry. Pity the living.
Baltus Van Tassel
There is a conspiracy here, and I will seek it out!
Albus Dumbledore
Today we acknowledge a really terrible loss. Cedric Diggory was, as you all know, exceptionally hard working, infinitely fair-minded, and most importantly, a fierce, fierce friend. Therefore, I feel you have the right to know exactly how he died. You see, Cedric Diggory was murdered, by Lord Voldemort. The Ministry of Magic does not wish me to tell you this. But not to do so I feel would be an insult to his memory. Now the pain we all feel at this dreadful loss reminds me, and, reminds us, that though we may come from different countries and speak in different tongues, our hearts beat as one. In light of the recent events, the bonds of friendship made this year will be more important than ever. Remember that, and Cedric Diggory will not have died in vain. You remember that, and we'll celebrate a boy who was kind, and honest, and brave, and true. Right to the very end.
Albus Dumbledore
Well now that we're all settled in and sorted, I'd like to make an announcement. This castle will not only be your home this year but home to some very special guests as well. You see, Hogwarts has been chosen to host a legendary event: The TriWizard Tournament. The Tournament brings together three schools for a series of magical contests. From each school a single student is selected to compete. Now let me be clear. If chosen, you stand alone. And trust me when I say, these contest are not for the faint-hearted.
Albus Dumbledore
The Goblet of Fire! Anyone wishing to submit themselves to the tournament need only write their name upon a piece of parchment and throw it in the flame before this hour on Thursday night. Do not do so lightly! If chosen, there's no turning back. As from this moment, The Triwizard Tournament has begun!
Professor Albus Dumbledore
"Once again I must ask too much of you Harry."
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Once again I must ask too much of you Harry.
Eddie Temple
You're born, you take shit. You get out in the world, you take more shit. You climb a little higher, you take less shit. Till one day you're up in the rarefied atmosphere and you've forgotten what shit even looks like. Welcome to the layer cake son.
Solara
"It's amazing you guys have survived out here all by yourselves"
Solara
It's amazing you two have survived out here all by yourselves.
Martha
"Well George is somewhat of a handyman, we've had a few try and take it from us, haven't we George!"
Martha
Well George is somewhat of a handyman, we've had a few try and take it from us, haven't we George!
George
"Yes we have"
George
Yes we have.
Eli
"You got anymore weapons?"
Eli
You got anymore weapons?
George
"Weapons! I'll show you weapons!"
George
Weapons! I'll show you weapons!
Professor Albus Dumbledore
"Harry, you need to shave, my friend."
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Harry, you need to shave, my friend.