Fast Facts

  • At 15, dropped out of school to become an apprentice toolmaker at Vickers Armstrong in Crayford, England; he remains interested in mechanical things and collects antique guns.
  • Joined the company of London's National Theatre in 1963, when it was under the direction of Sir Laurence Olivier; appeared in productions that included The Royal Hunt of the Sun, The Crucible and Mother Courage.
  • First major film role came in 1974, with the campy werewolf movie The Beast Must Die, starring horror vet Peter Cushing.
  • Won Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Actor in 1988 for A View from the Bridge and Best Comedy Performance in 1986 for A Chorus of Disapproval and in 1990 for Man of the Moment; has also been nominated numerous times.
  • Was made a Commander of Order of the British Empire in 1992 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997.
  • Won Best Actor BAFTAs for 1986 miniseries The Singing Detective, 1999 miniseries Wives and Daughters, 2000 TV historical drama Longitude and 2001 TV drama Perfect Strangers.
  • Son Fergus is a ceramics expert who has appeared on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

Awards

  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2001, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2003, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1997, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee

Relationships

  • William — Son
  • Anne Miller — Wife (separated)
  • Edward Gambon — Father
  • Fergus Gambon — Son
  • Mary Gambon — Mother
  • Philippa Hart — Significant Other
  • Michael — Son

College

  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England

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  • Birth Name: Michael John Gambon
  • Birth Place: Dublin, Ireland
  • Birthday: October 19, 1940, Libra
  • Profession: Actor
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