Is Dumbledore and Gandalf the same actor?

Ian McKellen plays the role of Gandalf the Grey in the “Lord of the Rings” films. Richard Harris was Professor Albus Dumbledore in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001) and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002). Harris passed away from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma just weeks before the U.S. premiere of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”. Michael Gambon filled the role of Dumbledore in the remaining 6 “Harry Potter” films.
Updated on Wednesday, February 01 2012 at 06:41PM EST