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Michael Gambon



Michael Gambon est un acteur irlandais né le 19 octobre 1940 à Dublin (Irlande). Il est surtout connu pour avoir succédé a Richard Harris dans le rôle d’Albus Dumbledore dans les films « Harry Potter ».

1965 : Othello : Company
1967 : Much Ado About Nothing (TV)
1968 : The Borderers (série TV) : Gavin Ker
1971 : Eyeless in Gaza
1971 : A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TV) : Thésée
1972 : Nothing But the Night : Insp. Grant
1972 : The Challengers (série TV)
1972 : Cows (TV)
1973 : Le Visiteur (Catholics) (TV) : Frère Kevin
1974 : Le Mystère de la bête humaine (The Beast Must Die) : Jan Jarmokowski
1976 : Forbidden Passion: Oscar Wilde : Oscar Wilde
1976 : In the Labyrinth (TV)
1976 : Tiptoe Through the Tulips (TV)
1977 : The Other One (série TV) : Brian Bryant
1978 : The Seagull (TV)
1979 : Chalk and Cheese (série TV)
1985 : Absurd Person Singular (TV) : Geoffrey Jackson
1985 : Oscar (série TV) : Oscar Wilde
1985 : Tropical Moon Over Dorking (TV)
1985 : Turtle Diary : George Fairbairn (turtle keeper)
1986 : Ghosts (TV) : Pasteur Manders
1986 : The Singing Detective (feuilleton TV) : Philip E. Marlow
1988 : Paris by Night : Gerald Paige
1988 : Missing Link : Narrateur (voix)
1989 : Monster Maker (TV) : Ultragorgon (voix)
1989 : The Heat of the Day (TV) : Harrison
1989 : The Rachel Papers : Docteur Knowd
1989 : Une saison blanche et sèche (A Dry White Season) : Magistrat
1989 : Le Cuisinier, le voleur, sa femme et son amant (The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover) : Albert Spica
1990 : The Storyteller: Greek Myths (feuilleton TV) : Le narrateur
1990 : Blood Royal: William the Conqueror (TV) : William I
1991 : Mobsters : Don Salvatore Faranzano
1992 : Maigret (série TV) : Inspecteur Jules Maigret
1992 : Toys : Lt Général Leland Zevo
1994 : Clean Slate : Cornell
1994 : The Browning Version : Dr Frobisher
1994 : Faith (TV) : Peter John Moreton
1994 : A Man of No Importance : Ivor J. Carney
1994 : Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale : Sir George
1995 : Bullet to Beijing : Alex
1995 : Two Deaths : Daniel Pavenic
1995 : Nothing Personal : Leonard
1995 : The Wind in the Willows (TV) : Badger (voix)
1996 : The Innocent Sleep : Insp. Matheson
1996 : Mary Reilly : Père de Mary
1996 : Midnight in Saint Petersburg : Alex
1996 : Samson et Dalila (Samson and Delilah) (TV) : Re hamun
1996 : The Willows in Winter (TV) : Badger (voix)
1997 : Les Ailes de la colombe (The Wings of the Dove) : Lionel Croy, père de Kate
1997 : Le Joueur (The Gambler) : Fyodor Dostoyevsky
1998 : Dancing at Lughnasa : Père Jack Mundy
1999 : Dead On Time : Maurice
1999 : Guns 1748 (Plunkett & Macleane) : Lord Gibson
1999 : The Last September : Sir Richard Naylor
1999 : Révélations (The Insider) : Thomas Sandefur
1999 : Sleepy Hollow (Sleepy Hollow) : Baltus Van Tassel
1999 : Wives and Daughters (feuilleton TV) : Squire Hamley
2000 : Longitude (TV) : John Harrison
2000 : Endgame (TV) : Hamm
2001 : Perfect Strangers (TV) : Raymond
2001 : Rouge à lèvres et arme à feu (High Heels and Low Lifes) : Kerrigan
2001 : Christmas Carol: The Movie : Ghost of Christmas Present (voix)
2001 : Gosford Park : William McCordle
2001 : Charlotte Gray : Levade
2002 : Ali G (Ali G Indahouse) : Premier ministre
2002 : Path to War (TV) : Lyndon Baines Johnson
2003 : The Lost Prince (TV) : Edouard VII
2003 : The Actors : Barreller
2003 : Open range : Denton Baxter
2003 : Sylvia : Professeur Thomas
2003 : Angels in America (feuilleton TV) : Prior Walter Ancestor #1
2004 : Standing Room Only : Larry
2004 : Harry Potter et le prisonnier d’Azkaban (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) : Albus Dumbledore
2004 : Being Julia : Jimmie Langton
2004 : Capitaine Sky et le monde de demain (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow) : Editor Paley
2004 : Layer Cake : Eddie Temple
2004 : La Vie aquatique (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou) : Oseary Drakoulias
2005 : Stories of Lost Souls : Larry (histoire Standing Room Only)
2005 : Harry Potter et la coupe de feu (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) : Albus Dumbledore
2007 : Harry Potter et l’Ordre du phénix (Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix) : Albus Dumbledore

1993 : Nomination au Saturn Award du meilleur acteur pour Toys

Il a été fait chevalier par la reine Elizabeth II.

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Birth name Michael John Gambon
Born October 19, 1940 (1940-10-19) (age 66)
Dublin, Ireland

Sir Michael John Gambon, CBE (born October 19, 1940), is an acclaimed Irish-born actor who has worked in television, film and theatre.

He was born in Dublin during World War II. His father, an engineer, decided to seek work in the rebuilding of London, and so Michael and his seamstress mother moved to Mornington Crescent in north London, when he was five. Unbeknownst to Michael, his father took out official papers for him, making him a British citizen – a decision that would later allow Michael to be awarded a substantive CBE and a knighthood.[1] (Although, under the British Nationality Act 1981 anyone born in Ireland before 1949 can still register as a British subject and, after five years’ UK residence, as a British citizen.)

Raised a strict Catholic, he attended St Aloysius Boys’ School in Somers Town and served on the altar. He then moved to St Aloysius’ College in Hornsey Lane, Highgate, London, whose former pupils included Peter Sellers. He later attended a school in Kent, before leaving with no qualifications at fifteen. He then gained an apprenticeship with Vickers Armstrong as a toolmaker. By the time he was 21 he was a fully qualified engineer. He kept the job for a further year ? acquiring a fascination and passion for collecting antique guns, clocks and watches, as well as classic cars.

Early acting career
Aged 19 he joined the Unity Theatre in Kings Cross. Five years later he wrote a letter to Michael MacLiammoir, the Irish theatre impresario who ran Dublin’s Gate Theatre. It was accompanied by a CV describing a rich and wholly imaginary theatre career ? and he was taken on.

Gambon made his professional stage début in the Gate Theatre’s 1962 production of Othello, playing « 2nd Gentleman ». In 1963, he was chosen by Sir Laurence Olivier to be part of the original Royal National Theatre company, alongside Maggie Smith, Nicol Williamson and newcomers including Lynn Redgrave. The company initially performed at the Old Vic, their first production being Hamlet, directed by Olivier and starring Peter O’Toole. He played for four years in many NT productions, including Much Ado About Nothing, and Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, working with guest directors including Noel Coward and Franco Zeffirelli.

Success and acceptance
He made his film debut in the Laurence Olivier Othello in 1965. He then played romantic leads, notably in the early 1970s BBC television series, The Borderers, in which he was swashbuckling Gavin Ker. As a result, Gambon was asked by James Bond producer Cubby Broccoli to audition for the role in 1970, to replace George Lazenby. However, his craggy looks soon made him into a character actor, and it was not until Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective (1986) that he became a household name. Even after this success, for which he won a BAFTA, his includes films such as The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover which also starred Helen Mirren.

In 1992 he played a psychotic general in the Barry Levinson film Toys and he also starred as Georges Simenon’s detective Inspector Jules Maigret in an ITV adaptation of Simenon’s series of books. He starred as Fyodor Dostoyevsky in the Hungarian director Károly Makk’s movie The Gambler (1997) about the writing of Dostoyevsky’s novella The Gambler.

Recent career

Gambon as Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)In recent years, films such as Dancing at Lughnasa (1998) and Plunkett & Macleane (1998), as well as television appearances in series such as Wives and Daughters (1999) (for which he won another BAFTA), a made-for-TV adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame (2001) and Perfect Strangers (2001) have revealed a talent for comedy. In 2004, he appeared in five films, including Wes Anderson’s quirky comedy The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou; the British gangster flick Layer Cake; theatrical drama Being Julia; and CGI action fantasy Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

Perhaps his most significant role in 2004, however, was Albus Dumbledore, Hogwart’s headmaster in the third installment of JK Rowling’s franchise, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, taking over from fellow Irish actor Richard Harris, who had died of Hodgkins disease. (Harris had also played Maigret on television four years before Gambon took that role.) Gambon reprised the role of Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which was released in November 2005 in the UK and U.S.. He will return to the role again in the fifth movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, to be released in 2007. Gambon admits to not having read the Harry Potter novels, so he is not « upset » when a significant story change occurs in the conversion to film.

Most recently, he was Joe in Beckett’s Eh Joe, giving two performances a night at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London. He currently does the voice over to the new Guinness ads with the penguins.

Personal life
Gambon married Anne Miller when he was 22, but has always been secretive about his personal life, responding to one interviewer’s question about her: « What wife? » The couple lived together in a country house near Gravesend in Kent, where potter Anne has her workshop. Gambon was knighted in 1998 for services to theatre and his wife became Lady Gambon. The couple have a son, Fergus, who appears as an expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

While filming Gosford Park, released in 2001 and co-starring Charles Dance and Maggie Smith, Gambon brought Philippa Hart on to the set and introduced her to co-stars as his girlfriend. When the affair was revealed in 2002, he moved out of the marital home, but rather than moving in with his lover, he bought himself a bachelor pad. Philippa, who worked with Gambon on the film Sylvia in 2003, in late 2006 moved into a £500,000 terraced home in Chiswick, West London with her pet pug dog. Gambon and Philippa often lunch with restaurant critic A. A. Gill, writer Nicola Formby and Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

In February 2007, it was revealed that Philippa was pregnant with Gambon’s child, and was due to give birth in May 2007[2]

Boredom and the Press
Gambon has said he finds interviews boring, and has throughout his career made numerous false statements to journalists. He claimed to have started out as a dancer at the Royal Ballet, only to have his career ruined when he fell from the stage and crashed through the orchestra’s kettledrum. For years he carried round a photo of Robert De Niro that read « To Mike, Best wishes and love forever, Bob ». He’d regale any entrant to his dressing-room with tales of the work he’d done with De Niro and the affection they had for one another – until some bright spark noted that Gambon had actually never worked with De Niro and clearly written the note himself. Gambon finally appeared on-screen with De Niro in 2006’s The Good Shepherd. He once claimed that he used to be gay, but stopped because it made his eyes water – the journalist believed him and wrote this into their article. He has joked about being challenged by Johnny Depp to mention Claudia Schiffer’s knickers in every interview; on his second appearance on Top Gear, he mentioned that he makes up things mainly through boredom.


Top Gear Sir Michael clips the last corner, once in the Suzuki Liana, and again in the Chevrolet Lacetti.A qualified amateur pilot, his love of cars led to his appearance on the BBC’s Top Gear programme. Gambon raced the Suzuki Liana he was driving so aggressively that it was launched into the air on the last corner of his timed lap. The final corner of the Dunsfold Park track has been named « Gambon » in his honour. He reappeared on the programme on the June 4, 2006, and set a time in the Chevrolet Lacetti of 1:50.3, a significant improvement on his previous time of 1:55.

Partial filmography
This article or section contains a list of works that does not follow the Manual of Style for lists of works (often, but not always, due to being in reverse-chronological order) and may need cleanup.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Amazing Grace (2006)
The Good Shepherd (2006)
The Omen (2006)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
Layer Cake (2004)
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
Being Julia (2004)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Angels in America (2003)
Sylvia (2003)
Open Range (2003)
The Lost Prince (2003) (TV)
Path to War (2002)
Ali G Indahouse (2002)
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001) (voice)
Gosford Park (2001)
Perfect Strangers (2001) (TV)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
The Insider (1999)
Wives and Daughters (1999) (TV)
Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)
Mary Reilly (1996)
The Browning Version (1994)
A Man of No Importance (1994)
Toys (1992)
Mobsters (1991)
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
A Dry White Season (1989)
The Rachel Papers (1989)
The Singing Detective (1986)
The Beast must Die (1974)
Nothing But The Night (1972)
Othello (1965)

« It was like a heartbeat. Something inside me. Some dream. I think it’s being a dreamer as a child. Dreamy kids become actors, don’t they? » Michael Gambon on his experience of joining and working with the Unity Theatre in Kings Cross

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