‘Hagrid’ actor Robbie Coltrane dies at 72
He was born in Scotland and is best remembered for his part in Harry Potter.
Robbie Coltrane, 72 years old, has passed away. His agency had confirmed the news to several media outlets. Coltrane died in a Larbert hospital, Scotland.
The cause of Coltrane’s death was not immediately known, but entertainment outlet Deadline reported that he “had been in ill health for the past two years.”
Anthony Robert McMillan, an actor from Scotland, was born in Glasgow on February 5, 1950. After attending Glasgow Art School in the beginning, McMillan moved to London in order to continue his acting career.
His role in Harry Potter’s Hogwarts gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid was his most beloved and well-respected.
Coltrane’s screen career began in 1979 when he appeared in the Play for Today TV series and later rose to prominence in the A Kick Up the Eighties BBC comedy series.
Later, his BAFTA-winning performance playing antisocial criminal psychologist Dr. Edward “Fitz” Fitzgerald in the series Cracker led Coltrane on to roles in the James Bond movies GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough.
In a statement to British media outlets, Coltrane’s agent Belinda Wright described the actor as “an abidingly loyal client”And a “unique talent.”
“Robbie will probably be best remembered for decades to come as Hagrid … a role which brought joy to children and adults alike, prompting a stream of fan letters every week for over 20 years,”Wright spoke.
On social media, tributes immediately began pouring in to Coltrane. Harry Potter author JK Rowling sent her condolences to the actor’s family and said she will “never know anyone” like him again.
“He was an incredible talent, a complete one off, and I was beyond fortunate to know him, work with him and laugh my head off with him,” Rowling wroteFollow us on Twitter.
In 2006, Queen Elizabeth made Coltrane an OBE. Coltrane wrote also an autobiography entitled Coltrane In A Cadillac. He is survived by two of his children.