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After joining the National Theatre, under the Artistic Directorship of Sir Laurence Olivier, Gambon went on to appear in a number of leading roles in plays written by Alan Ayckbourn. His career was catapulted in 1980 when he took the lead role in John Dexter's production of Galileo. Since then Gambon has regularly appeared at the Royal National Theatre and the RSC. Roles include, King Lear, Othello, Mark Anthony and Volpone. He was described by the late Sir Ralph Richardson as being "The Great Gambon" and he is now considered to be one of the British theatre's leading lights. He was made a CBE in 1992.

(Mini-biography by Marc Brenner)

American movie audiences might recognize Michael Gambon from his roles in Dancing at Lughnasa, The Wings of the Dove and Toys. In 1989, Gambon was given the Best Actor award for The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover at the Catalonian Film Festival.

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