Michael Gambon, Dumbledore Actor And Top Gear Test Track Namesake, Has Died

Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon

Michael Gambon has died at the age of 82 after a “bout of pneumonia,” CNN reports. An accomplished actor for more than 50 years, Gambon performed on Broadway, appeared in more movies and TV shows than we care to count and even lent his voice to video games. To most people, he is best known for playing an elderly wizard, but among car enthusiasts, he is known instead for the legendary driving skills that he demonstrated on Top Gear’s old test track.

Back in 2002, Gambon was one of the first stars to appear in a segment of Top Gear’s Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. At the time, they were using a Suzuki Liana (or an Aerio as it was called in the United States) for hot laps, which was far from sporty, but then again, that was the entire point of Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. Since he owned a Ferrari at the time and had experience as a private pilot, it was entirely possible that he might have done well, but the track was also very wet, so he started off behind the eight ball.

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