Reuters – Robbie Coltrane, the larger-than-life Scottish actor who played Hagrid, Hogwarts’ giant caretaker, in the Harry Potter films, died on Friday (October 14) at the age of 72, his agent said.
His agent Belinda Wright announced in a statement: “My client and friend Robbie Coltrane OBE passed away on Friday October 14. Robbie was a unique talent, sharing the Guinness Book of Records’ Award for winning three consecutive Best Actor Baftas for his portrayal of Fitz in Granada TV’s series Cracker…”
Coltrane died in hospital near Falkirk in Scotland, Britain’s PA Media reported.
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.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling – who wrote the books that led to the film adaptations -led the tributes on Twitter, writing: “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.”
In the recent reunion of the cast and crew of Harry Potter, Coltrane revealed that one sadness he felt was how he saw his own children less because he was way from home so much to film the Harry Potter films.
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.
His agent said: “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.”
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.” He played doomed lead singer Big Jazza McGlone in the tale of the fictional Scots rock ‘n’ roll band The Majestics.
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.
“I was awe/terror/love struck all at the same time. Such depth, power & talent: funny enough to cause helpless hiccups & honking as we made our first TV show, “Alfresco.” Farewell, old fellow. You’ll be so dreadfully missed.”
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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