Robbie Coltrane, a renowned Scottish actor best known for playing Rubeus Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” movie series, passed away on Friday at the age of 72.
Robbie Coltrane, the actor best known as Hagrid in Harry Potter films, dies at 72.
Coltrane passed away at a hospital in Scotland, according to an email from his agent, Belinda Wright, to USA TODAY. She omitted a reason.
The actor, born Anthony Robert McMillan, starred in several movies and TV series, but “Harry Potter” fans may recognise him best as Hagrid, Hogwarts’ amiable half-giant groundskeeper who served as Harry’s guide through the wizarding world.
Coltrane became well-known for his part as Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald in the British drama “Cracker” on ITV, which aided law enforcement in solving murders. He won three BAFTA awards in a row for best actor for his performance as a criminal psychologist. Coltrane received an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II in 2006.
In the James Bond films “GoldenEye” and “The World is Not Enough,” he also played a Russian mafia leader. In the 2016 miniseries “National Treasure,” Coltrane received acclaim for his portrayal of an adored TV personality who could be hiding a sinister secret.
In “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts,” an HBO Max special detailing how young readers all across the world “fall in love” with author J.K. Rowling’s literature, Coltrane made an appearance.
Coltrane remarked in the show, “One of the reasons I appreciate J.K. so much is because millions now read books who would have never picked up a book in their life.” “And then it dawns on you the power of writing.”
Rowling has been under fire in recent years for remarks she made on the transgender community that confused sex with gender and advocated theories that claimed to alter one’s biological sex jeopardised one’s own gender identity. Even after the posts were widely criticised for being transphobic, inaccurate, and harmful, she has persisted. Last August, Coltrane supported Rowling, saying people who objected to her remarks were “ready to be offended.”
In a statement, Wright added, “For me personally, I shall remember him as an abidingly devoted client.” “In addition to being a great actor, he was also brilliantly humorous and forensically bright, and after 40 years of being honoured to be named his agent, I shall miss him.
According to Wright, Coltrane is survived by his sister Annie Rae, ex-wife Rhona Gemmell, and children Spencer and Alice.
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