Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane dies at 72 – Onmanorama
The Scottish actor who played Hagrid had a four-decade-long career.
London: Robbie Coltrane, the larger-than-life Scottish actor who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, died on Friday at the age of 72, his agent said..
Coltrane’s more than four-decade-long career ranged from roles in the James Bond films “GoldenEye” and “The World Is Not Enough”, to the lead in the 1990s British TV series “Cracker”, as criminal psychologist Dr. Edward ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald..
Coltrane’s agent Belinda Wright called him a “unique talent” and said he had brought joy to children across the world playing the boy wizard’s giant, monster-loving friend..
“As well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent …, brilliantly witty …, and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I shall miss him,” she said in a statement..
Born Anthony Robert McMillan in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, the actor changed his name as a homage to celebrated jazz musician John Coltrane..
He played a string of key television roles before winning international fame, most notably alongside Emma Thompson in John Byrne’s 1987 mini-series “Tutti Frutti”.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her favourite of his roles was in the crime series “Cracker”..
“Robbie Coltrane, Scottish entertainment legend – you will be hugely missed,” she wrote..
British actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry – who narrated the British version of the Harry Potter audio books – wrote that he had met Coltrane almost exactly 40 years ago..
Coltrane died in hospital near Falkirk in Scotland, Britain’s PA Media reported..
He is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice and their mother Rhona Gemmell, his agent Wright said..
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