Robbie Coltrane: Harry Potter actor dies aged 72

Robbie Coltrane Death
Robbie Coltrane Death

Robbie Coltrane Death: Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, died at the age of 72.

In addition to Cracker, he appeared in Goldeneye and The World Is Not Enough, both James Bond films.

The actor died in a hospital near Falkirk in Scotland, according to his agent Belinda Wright.

According to her, Coltrane was a “unique talent”, adding that his role as Hagrid “brought joy to children and adults alike all over the world”.

As for me personally, I shall remember him as a loyal client. Apart from being a wonderful actor, he was brilliantly witty and forensically intelligent, and I shall miss being his agent after 40 years.

His sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice, as well as their mother Rhona Gemmell, survive him. Their sincere thanks go out to the medical staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert.

He was made an OBE for his services to drama in the 2006 New Year’s honours list, and in 2011 he won the Bafta Scotland Award for outstanding contribution to film.

“Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve ever met and kept us laughing constantly as kids on that set,” Daniel Radcliffe said in a statement.

“I remember him telling stories and cracking jokes to keep morale up in Hagrid’s hut during Prisoner of Azkaban, when we were hiding from torrential rain for hours.

I feel incredibly lucky that I got to meet and work with him, and very sad that he has passed away. He was an incredible actor and a lovely person.”

I promise to be so kind to anyone else on a film set as you were to me, in your memory and name.” said fellow Harry Potter star Emma Watson.

Hermione paid tribute to Coltrane on Instagram, saying there was “no better Hagrid” and he “made it a joy to be Hermione”.

You’ll be missed for your sweetness, your nicknames, your warmth, your laughs, and your hugs.”

A tweet by Harry Potter author JK Rowling described Coltrane as “a complete one-off” and an “incredible talent”.

He caused helpless hiccups and honking during our first TV show Alfresco, acting alongside Coltrane. Farewell, old fellow, you’ll be sorely missed.”

Hugh Laurie, who starred with Coltrane in Blackadder, recalled the times they shared car rides between Manchester and London. It has been the most educational and enjoyable experience of my life”, he tweeted.

According to Tony Robinson of Blackadder, Coltrane was a “sweet man” who was talented as both a comic and a straight actor. “It was all down to you, mate,” he wrote on Twitter about his favorite episode.

Coltrane’s death was described as “very sad news” by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Her favorite of his roles was Fitz in Cracker, which she said had such depth and range as an actor. I will miss you greatly, Robbie Coltrane. Rest in peace.”

According to the official James Bond Twitter account, he was an “exceptional actor whose talent knew no bounds”.

“I am very saddened by the passing of Robbie Coltrane. I once shared a dressing room with him, and he wore the biggest pants I have ever seen, which he wore with tremendous flair. We were friends for a long time.”

Originally from Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Anthony Robert McMillan was born in 1950.

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

A Kick Up the Eighties, a BBC TV comedy series that also starred Tracey Ullman, Miriam Margolyes and Rik Mayall, marked the beginning of the actor’s career in 1979.

Along with Fry, Emma Thompson, Siobhan Redmond and Hugh Laurie, he appeared in the 1983 ITV comedy Alfresco.

The Majestics, starring Emma Thompson and Richard Wilson, was the subject of Tutti Frutti in 1987. Bob Hoskins starred in the British crime film Mona Lisa the year before.

Robbie Coltrane Death

In the ITV series Cracker, Coltrane played Dr Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald from 1993 to 1995 and in a special return episode in 2006.

From 1994 to 1996, the role earned him three consecutive Bafta awards for best actor.

As Rubeus Hagrid, he appeared in all eight Harry Potter movies alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson.

As a comedian and TV host accused of sexual abuse of women, he starred in the Bafta-winning Channel 4 drama National Treasure with Dame Julie Walters in 2016.

The Harry Potter cast reunited for a TV reunion last year, although JK Rowling was absent and only appeared in archive footage.

In addition to Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, Coltrane appeared with Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, and Ralph Fiennes.

Robbie Coltrane Death

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