While I was blog surfing tonight, WT was watching The Good
Shepherd (2006) and I heard a voice I easily recognized. "Is that
Michael Gambon?" I asked. Suddenly, the movie had my attention.
The first time that I really noticed Sir Michael Gambon in a film was
his great portrayal of Father Jack Mundy in Dancing at Lughnasa
(1998). Since then, he has been one of my many favorites. His
powerful, yet understated performances are superb, in my book.
Dignified and comfortable, with a soothing, recognizable voice, he
takes on roles easily, as if he was portraying himself. I am always
thrilled to see him in a film, because he adds a special excellent
quality, giving it substance. Gambon started as a teenager in theater
in the UK in the 1960's and since been in 106 films and countless
theater productions. Among my favorite Gambon films are The Last
September (2000), Charlotte Gray (2001), Gosford Park (2001),
Sylvia (2003), The Omen (2006) and Amazing Grace (2006). Lately,
he is best well known for his roles in the Harry Potter films. If you are
unfamiliar with this master performer, take note! He is way up there
in my little book of Manor Favorites.