Actor Michael Gambon, best known for his portrayal of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series, has passed away at the age of 82

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A statement from his publicist announced the sad news, stating, 

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We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Sir Michael Gambon 

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A beloved husband and father, Michael peacefully passed away in the hospital, with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his side 

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Gambon took over the role of Albus Dumbledore following the death of actor Richard Harris 

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Born in Ireland in 1940, Michael Gambon began his acting career on the stage 

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He earned numerous awards for his stage performances, including three Olivier Awards.

He gained prominence as an actor in Britain after his role in the 1986 BBC series "The Singing Detective, 

which marked the beginning of his four BAFTA Awards. Gambon was knighted in 1998.

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While he had a deep appreciation for Rowling's work 

Michael Gambon candidly stated that his primary motivation for participating in the Harry Potter films was financial 

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In his own words, "I didn't do Harry Potter because she wrote it; I did it because I wanted the money 

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