Harry Potter's Michael Gambon Retires from Stage Due to Memory Loss: 'It's a Horrible Thing to Admit'

Veteran British actor Michael Gambon, best known for portraying Professor Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter films, is retiring from the stage due to memory issues.

“It’s a horrible thing to admit, but I can’t do it,” the actor, 74, told London’s Sunday Times magazine. “It breaks my heart. It’s when the script’s in front of me and it takes forever to learn. It’s frightening.”

The Casual Vacancy: See the First Trailer for J.K. Rowling's BBC Miniseries – Starring Dumbledore!

J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy could not be further away in theme from Harry Potter, but diehard fans of the famed book series will appreciate the upcoming television adaption’s main star – the actor who plays Dumbledore, Michael Gambon.

Natalie Portman's Longtime Love

Natalie Portman has had a longtime love affair with … dance. Since age 10, the Long Island native has been attending performances by the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. So it’s no wonder that she turned up at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater recently for a benefit gala that raised more than $550,000 for The Ailey School and a new theater. “I loved dancing when I was younger, I did everything from ballet to jazz,” Portman, who attended the event with parents Shelly and Avner, told us at the afterparty, held in a tent behind the Apollo.