Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, best known for playing Hogwarts gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid in the ‘Harry Potter’ films, has died aged 72. The James Bond and Cracker star died in hospital near his home in Larbert, Scotland. The award-winning actor has been suffering from health problems for the past two years. As Potter’s half-wizard, he was hugely popular for his warm performances and on-screen relationship with Daniel Radcliffe, who played the titular role of Harry Potter.
Shocked by the news, one of his fans wrote: “Robbie Coltrane nailed Hagrid, I always read the book character in his voice. Oh I’ll miss him bro.” Another said: “Very sad news the lovely Robbie Coltrane has passed away. I adored him for 26 years. #hagridforever.”
Robbie was born on March 30, 1950 in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of a doctor and a teacher. After graduating from Glasgow Art School, he went on to study art at Moray House College of Education in Edinburgh, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
He began performing stand-up comedy in Edinburgh clubs and changed his surname to honor jazz legend John Coltrane when he began performing in London.
His early TV credits include ‘Flash Gordon’, ‘Blackadder and Keep It in the Family’. His other comedy credits included series such as ‘A Kick Up the Eighties’, ‘The Comic Strip’ and ‘Alfresco’ as he became a mainstay on British TV screens. He also starred in two James Bond films, playing Valentin Zukovsky in GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough.
In 2019, Robbie reprized his role as Hagrid in the fantasy short film Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, among his more recent performances.
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(With ANI inputs)
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