The Dublin-born star of stage and display died peacefully in hospital late on Wednesday aged 82, his household mentioned.
Sir Michael discovered a legion of latest followers lately after starring in six of the eight Harry Potter movies because the beloved Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of the wizarding college Hogwarts.
He took over the function from fellow Irish actor Richard Harris following his loss of life aged 72 in 2002, portraying the character from Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban via to Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Half 2.
Rowling, who wrote the Harry Potter e book sequence on which the movies have been primarily based, paid tribute to Sir Michael saying she first noticed him carry out in King Lear in 1982 and if somebody had instructed her the late actor “would seem in something I’d written, I’d have thought you have been insane”.
The writer despatched her condolences to his household and those that beloved him as she recalled her expertise of working with him on the Harry Potter movies and within the BBC’s 2015 adaptation of her e book The Informal Emptiness.
“Michael was a beautiful man along with being an excellent actor, and I completely beloved working with him, not solely on Potter but in addition The Informal Emptiness”, she mentioned.
Radcliffe, who performed the titular boy wizard alongside the late actor’s Dumbledore, praised Sir Michael as “some of the sensible, easy actors” he has ever labored with.
“With the lack of Michael Gambon the world simply turned significantly much less enjoyable”, Radcliffe mentioned.
“Michael Gambon was some of the sensible, easy actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with, however regardless of his immense expertise, the factor I’ll keep in mind most about him is how a lot enjoyable he had doing his job. He was foolish, irreverent and hilarious. He beloved his job, however by no means appeared outlined by it.”
The actor additionally described Sir Michael as an “unbelievable story and joke teller” and mentioned he made the hours they spent on set “extra memorable and joyous than they’d any proper to be”.
“I’m so unhappy to listen to he has handed, however I’m so grateful for the truth that I’m one of many fortunate individuals who set to work with him”, Radcliffe added.
His co-stars Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, who performed Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, additionally recalled fond recollections with Sir Michael.
Grint remembered the “heat and mischief” Sir Michael dropped at set.
He captivated me as a child and have become a private function mannequin of mine for locating the enjoyable and eccentricities in life. Sending all my like to his household, Rupert,” he wrote on Instagram alongside a photograph of the actor wearing full Dumbledore regalia.
In the meantime Watson mentioned Sir Michael would by no means take issues “too critically” however would nonetheless ship “essentially the most severe moments with all of the gravitas”.
“Thanks for exhibiting us what it seems to be wish to put on greatness frivolously. We’ll miss you xx,” she added in a publish on her Instagram story.
Actor Jason Isaacs mentioned the “biggest thrill” of enjoying Lucius Malfoy within the movie franchise was that Sir Michael knew his title and “shared his fearless, filthy sense of enjoyable” with him – whereas James Phelps, who performed Fred Weasley, regarded the late actor as a “legend” on and of the digital camera.
The son of Harris additionally described Sir Michael as a “sensible actor”, including: “He took over Dumbledore from my father, which was becoming as he over took (Marlon) Brando as my father’s favorite actor.”
Fiona Shaw, who performed Petunia Dursley within the movie franchise, instructed BBC Radio 4 that she regarded him as a “magnificent trickster” as he would inform her he may make weapons that might “idiot the V&A into believing that they have been 18th century weapons”.
She mentioned of working with him on the Harry Potter movies: “He took over from Richard Harris and naturally, he started to imitate Richard Harris, who had just lately died, and he would do his accent, the slight Irish accent.
“Which after all he all the time beloved having an excuse to do as a result of his household had come from Eire, and gone to stay in Camden. He simply beloved the precariousness of actuality and unreality and, after all, that made him a really nice actor.”
Dame Helen Mirren recalled working alongside Sir Michael in 1982’s Antony And Cleopatra, and hailed him as an “extraordinary actor”.
She instructed BBC Information she would smile when she thinks of him, including: “As a result of he was extremely humorous. He had this pure Irish sense of humour, naughty however very, very humorous. He was enormously self-deprecating, and on the identical time an instinctive actor and a beautiful particular person to be round simply typically.
“He saved me continually in laughter, we had some very humorous moments enjoying Antony and Cleopatra collectively.”
Dame Helen added that he made an “extraordinary contribution to the British panorama of theatre”, saying: “We’ll all miss him so much.”
Julia Roberts additionally described working with Sir Michael on the 1996 movie Mary Reilly as an “honour”, writing on Instagram: “He was all the time smiling, all the time form. RIP Sir Michael Gambon. #legend.”
Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins hailed the late actor as “the loveliest of legends” as she mirrored on her time working with him on the Physician Who Christmas particular A Christmas Carol in 2010.
“He couldn’t have been kinder, calmer and extra supportive. At the moment now we have misplaced the loveliest of legends,” Jenkins mentioned in an Instagram publish.
Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar praised Sir Michael as a “nice actor” who “gave his all to each efficiency”.
Whereas Irish President Michael D Higgins regarded him as “one of many most interesting actors of his era”.
He added: “Sir Michael Gambon leaves a fantastic physique of labor that may stay as a compelling legacy, and a reminder to all who appreciated his work, of all that he achieved.”
Actress Dame Joan Collins, who performed Sir Michael’s spouse within the pilot for the proposed BBC sitcom Mama’s Again, described him as “a fantastic actor and nice enjoyable”.
Dame Eileen Atkins mentioned there was one thing “very candy” in regards to the veteran actor as she mirrored on starring alongside him within the revival of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall.
“He was a whole lot of enjoyable. He was a fantastic actor, however he all the time pretended he didn’t take it very critically. After all, he does actually take it critically,” she instructed BBC Radio 4.
“However (his) presence on stage was wonderful. He simply needed to stroll on stage and he commanded the entire viewers instantly. He was very pretty to play with, when he behaved. He behaved with me. Typically he actually performed tips on stage.”
Former Prime Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson additionally expressed his condolences, recalling the actor was such a “large visitor” he had a nook named after him on the BBC present’s race monitor.
West Finish theatres will dim their lights in honour of Sir Michael on Friday night, the Society Of London Theatre (SOLT) has mentioned.
Co-chief government of SOLT, Hannah Essex, mentioned the theatre world has “misplaced an unbelievable expertise” and described his influence on the humanities as “immeasurable”.
Sir Michael was additionally recognized for taking part in French detective Jules Maigret in ITV sequence Maigret, and for his 1986 function as Philip Marlow in Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective.
A press release issued on behalf of Woman Gambon and son Fergus Gambon mentioned: “We’re devastated to announce the lack of Sir Michael Gambon.
“Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital along with his spouse Anne and son Fergus at his bedside, following a bout of pneumonia.”
Sir Michael made his first look on stage in a manufacturing of Othello on the Gates Theatre, Dublin, in 1962 when he returned to Eire following his transfer to the UK.
His illustrious theatre profession additionally contains appearances in Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests, The Life Of Galileo and Nicholas Hytner’s Nationwide Theatre manufacturing of Henry IV, Elements 1 and a pair of.
In 2016 he appeared as Non-public Godfrey within the huge display adaptation of Dad’s Military, and his different movie roles included interval dramas reminiscent of 2010’s The King’s Speech, 2001’s Gosford Park and 2017’s Victoria & Abdul.
Sir Michael was awarded 4 TV Baftas throughout his profession in recognition of his roles for household BBC drama Excellent Strangers in 2002, as a clockmaker hoping to win a prize in Channel 4’s Longitude in 2001, BBC Elizabeth Gaskell adaptation Wives And Daughters in 2000 and The Singing Detective in 1987.
He was additionally recognised by American awards exhibits, with Emmy nominations for Mr Woodhouse in 2010 for an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma and as former US president Lyndon B Johnson in Path To Struggle in 2002.
His flip in David Hare play Skylight, in regards to the fallout of an affair, additionally led to a Tony nod in 1997 and in 1990 he secured an Olivier Award for comedy efficiency of the yr for diplomatic comedy Man Of The Second on the Globe, now the Gielgud Theatre.
He was knighted for his contribution to the leisure trade in 1998.