Michael Gambon, a veteran actor best remembered for playing Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in six of the eight "Harry Potter" movies, He has passed away at the age of 82.

According to a press release from his publicist, he passed away after "a bout of pneumonia."

"We are heartbroken to report Sir Michael Gambon's passing. With his wife Anne and son Fergus by his bedside, beloved husband and father Michael passed away quietly in the hospital, according to his family.

The Irish actor was cast as the much-loved Dumbledore after the death of his predecessor, Richard Harris, in 2002.

Gambon started his role as the magical mentor in 2004 with the movie "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" through the final film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

No matter what role he took on in a career that lasted more than five decades, Gambon was always instantly recognizable by the deep and drawling tones of his voice.

Gambon got his start in theater as one of the original members of the Royal National Theatre in London.

He went on to star in many productions of William Shakespeare's work and earned three Olivier Awards for his acting in London's theater scene. Gambon later made his debut on Broadway in 1997.