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Robbie Coltrane: Harry Potter Actor Dies Aged 72

Robbie Coltrane: Harry Potter Actor Dies Aged 72

Hagrid in the Harry Potter films was portrayed by actor Robbie Coltrane, who passed away at the age of 72.

He has made appearances in the James Bond movies Goldeneye and The World Is Not Enough as well as the ITV detective drama Cracker.

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His agent, Belinda Wright, confirmed the actor’s death in a hospital close to Falkirk, Scotland, in a statement.

In addition to calling Coltrane a “special talent,” she said that his portrayal of Hagrid “gave delight to children and adults alike all around the world.”

I will always remember him as a steadfastly devoted customer. He was not just a fantastic actor, but also forensically smart and incredibly funny. After 40 years of being honoured to be his agent, I will miss him.

“His sister Annie Rae, children Spencer and Alice, and their mother Rhona Gemmell all survive him. They want to express their gratitude to the medical professionals at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for their consideration and tact.

Please respect the privacy of Robbie’s family during this difficult time.

Coltrane received the OBE in 2006 for his contributions to theatre, and in 2011 he received the Bafta Scotland Award for distinguished contribution to film.

In a statement, Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter, paid tribute to Coltrane, saying: “Robbie was one of the funniest individuals I’ve encountered and used to keep us kids on that set laughing continuously.

“On Prisoner of Azkaban, when we were all hiding from the pouring rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut and he was telling stories and cracking jokes to keep morale high, I have especially cherished recollections of him keeping our spirits up.

I consider myself tremendously fortunate to have known him and worked with him, and I’m devastated by his passing. He was a beautiful man and a fantastic actor.

“Robbie, if I ever get to be so wonderful as you were to me on a film set, I vow I’ll do it in your name and memory,” remarked fellow Harry Potter actor Emma Watson.

There was “no better Hagrid,” she wrote in an homage to Coltrane on Instagram, and he “made it a delight to be Hermione.”

“I’ll greatly miss your sweetness, nicknames, warmth, laughter, and hugs.”

J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, called Coltrane “a complete one-off” and an “amazing talent” in a tweet.

Coltrane’s co-star in Alfresco, actor Stephen Fry, tweeted about Coltrane: “Such depth, power and talent: amusing enough to produce uncontrollable hiccups and honking while we made our first TV show Alfresco. Goodbye, old man; you will be sorely missed.

Hugh Laurie, a co-star with Coltrane in Blackadder and another Alfresco actor, remembered their time travelling together by automobile between Manchester and London. He tweeted, “I don’t believe I’ve ever laughed or learnt so much in my life.

Additionally, Tony Robinson, who played Coltrane in Blackadder, called him “such a wonderful man… so good as a comedy and as a straight actor.” When discussing his favourite episode of the vintage sitcom on Twitter, he wrote: “It was all down to you mate.”

Coltrane’s passing was seen to be “extremely sad news” by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

He had such depth and variety as an actor, excelling in both hard-edged drama and wonderful comedy. Fitz in Cracker was probably my favourite of all of his parts, she said. Scottish entertainment legend Robbie Coltrane, you will be sorely missed. RIP.”

He was referred to as an “amazing actor whose brilliance knew no bounds” by the official James Bond Twitter feed.

Richard Coles, a broadcaster, continued, “Very sorry to hear of Robbie Coltrane’s passing. He once possessed the largest pair of pants I’ve ever seen, and he wore them with incredible flair when we shared a dressing room. We remained buddies after that.

Anthony Robert McMillan, the Scottish celebrity’s real name, was born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, in 1950.

Coltrane attended independent school Glenalmond College in Perth and Kinross. He was the son of teacher and pianist Jean Ross and GP Ian Baxter McMillan.

The actor’s career began in 1979 with the TV show Play for Today, but he rose to fame in the BBC comedy series A Kick Up the Eighties, which also starred Rik Mayall, Tracey Ullman, and Miriam Margolyes.

In 1983’s Alfresco, an ITV comedy starring Fry, Emma Thompson, Siobhan Redmond, and Hugh Laurie, he also made an appearance.

He had a prominent role in the 1987 film Tutti Frutti, which also starred Emma Thompson and Richard Wilson and was about the Scottish rock band The Majestics. He appeared in the Bob Hoskins-starring British crime movie Mona Lisa the previous year.

Coltrane furthered his notoriety by playing Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald, a criminal psychologist, in the ITV series Cracker from 1993 to 1995, as well as in a special return episode in 2006.

He won the Bafta for best actor three years in a row, from 1994 to 1996, thanks to the performance

He co-starred in all eight Harry Potter films as Rubeus Hagrid with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, making it arguably his most well-known role.

He co-starred with Dame Julie Walters in the Bafta-winning Channel 4 drama National Treasure in 2016, which was about a comedian and TV host who was accused of abusing women.

Late last year, he made an appearance in the Harry Potter cast reunion TV special, however JK Rowling was not present and was only shown in old video snippets.

Along with Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, and Ralph Fiennes, Coltrane also made an appearance.

 

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