Robbie Coltrane, the veteran Scottish actor who gained worldwide acclaim as Rubeus Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” film series, died Friday. He was 72.
Coltrane’s agent, Belinda Wright, said in an email that he died at a hospital in Scotland. She did not give a cause of death.
Conceived Anthony Robert McMillan in Rutherglen, Scotland, Coltrane was in his mid 20s when he started seeking after an acting profession, and renamed himself out of appreciation for jazz artist John Coltrane. He proceeded to show up in many movies and Television programs, however is maybe known best to “Harry Potter” fans as Hagrid, the easy going half-monster maintenance person of Hogwarts and a coach to Harry as he explored the wizarding scene. He showed up in every one of the eight “Potter” films, set free from 2001 to 2011.
One of his most frequently quoted lines from the franchise came from the first film, when Hagrid reveals to Harry that he has magic powers and is destined to attend Hogwarts. “Yer a wizard, Harry,” he says in a heavy Scottish accent. Another line, spoken by Harry in the first film, also circulated on social media following news of Coltrane’s passing: “It’s not Hogwarts without you, Hagrid.”
Daniel Radcliffe, left, who played Harry Potter, and Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid, arrive for the film’s New York premiere on Nov. 11, 2001.Coltrane first gained fame as Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald, who helped police solve crimes in the British drama series “Cracker.” His turn as a criminal psychologist earned him three consecutive BAFTA Awards for best actor. Queen Elizabeth II appointed Coltrane with an OBE in 2006.
Other roles included a Russian crime boss in the James Bond thrillers “GoldenEye” and “The World is Not Enough.” Coltrane earned rave reviews for playing a beloved TV star who may harbor a dark secret in the 2016 miniseries “National Treasure.”The actor also appeared in 2004’s “Ocean’s Twelve,” Rian Johnson’s “The Brothers Bloom” in 2008 and the 2012 Dickens film adaptation “Great Expectations,” along with voice work in the animated films “The Tale of Despereaux” (alongside “Potter” co-star Emma Watson) and “Brave.”
Coltrane also joined HBO Max’s “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts” reunion, highlighting the way young readers all over the world “fell in love” with author J.K. Rowling’s writing.”One of the reasons I admire J.K. so much is that millions now read books who would have never lifted a book up in their lives,” Coltrane said in the special. “And you suddenly realize the power of writing.”
Throughout recent years, Rowling confronted reaction over remarks about the transsexual local area that conflated sex with orientation and guarded thoughts proposing that transforming one’s natural sex compromises her own orientation personality. She has multiplied down even after the posts were generally seen as transphobic, misinformative and pernicious. Coltrane guarded Rowling the previous summer, saying the individuals who scrutinized her remarks were “ready to be outraged.”
“For me personally, I shall remember him as an abidingly loyal client,” Wright said in a statement. “As well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty and after 40 years of being proud to be to called his agent, I shall miss him.Coltrane is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his ex-wife Rhona Gemmell and his children Spencer and Alice, Wright said.
Contributing: The Associated Press.
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