He played Professor Albus Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter films.
Actor Michael Gambon has died at the age of 82, according to multiple reports.
“It is with sadness that we announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon. He died peacefully in hospital after contracting pneumonia,” the family said in a statement.
Michael is survived by his wife Anne and son Fergus.
“We ask that you respect our privacy during this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love,” the family added.
In addition to starring in the Harry Potter films, based on JK Rowling’s novels, Sir Michael played French detective Jules Maigret in the ITV series Maigret. He is also known for his role as Philip Marlowe in Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective.
The BBC notes that he began his career as one of the original members of the Royal National Theater in London and went on to act in several Shakespeare plays. In 1998, the actor received a knighthood for his services to the entertainment industry and was also awarded four BAFTA awards.