Oct. 19th, 1940
Guest TV Roles
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 (II)'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 (I) 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.
- He was awarded the 1987 London Evening Standard Theate Award for Best Actor for his performance in A View from the Bridge.
- In 2007 he was nominated for Best Actor at the ESB/Irish Times Theatre awards for his role in the stage adaptation of Samuel Becketts Eh Joe.
- Antique weapon enthusiast.
- His first child, Fergus, was born to him and his wife in 1964.
- He was awarded the 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award in 1988 (1987 season) for Best Actor in a New Play for his performance in "A View from the Bridge".
- An Associate Member of RADA.
- He was awarded the 1990 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actor for his performance in Man of the Moment.
- For years he used to carry around what he said was a signed photograph of 'Robert De Niro' (qv), claiming to have met him, though the two had never in fact met. In _The Good Shepherd (2006)_ (qv), he is directed by DeNiro.