Robbie Coltrane, famously known for his role in Harry Potter has passed away. He was 72.
Robbie Coltrane played Rubeus Hagrid in Harry Potter films.
His agent, Belinda Wright, announced the actor’s death at a hospital in Falkirk, Scotland.
In addition to calling Coltrane a “unique talent,” she said that his portrayal of Hagrid “gave delight to children and adults alike all around the globe.”
Coltrane moved into acting, in his early twenties with the stage name Coltrane (in honour of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane), and engaged in theatre and comedic roles.
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Apart from Harry Potter films, Coltrane also acted in the James Bond films GoldenEye (1995) and in The World is Not Enough (1999) as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky.
Coltrane got even more notoriety with his role as the criminal psychologist Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald in the ITV series Cracker, which he played from 1993 to 1995 and then reprised in a special episode in 2006.
Harry Potter writer J K Rowling in her tribute to the actor said, “I’ll never know anyone remotely like Robbie 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. I send my love and deepest condolences to his family, above all his children.”
Coltrane received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s Honours List in 2006 in recognition of his contributions to theatre, and in 2011, he was presented with the Bafta Scotland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film.
Robbie is survived by his two children and his sister Annie Rae.