Robbie Coltrane, Best Known as Harry Potter's Hagrid, Has Died at 72 – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Robbie Coltrane, Best Known as Harry Potter's Hagrid, Has Died at 72 – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Beloved Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, best known for his portrayal of the lovable Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, dies at 72 years old.
Veteran actor Robbie Coltrane, best known for portraying Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film franchise and Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in the James Bond films, died today at 72.
In a statement to the BBC, Coltrane's agent, Belinda Wright, confirmed the actor died in a hospital near Falkirk in Scotland. Wright described Coltrane as a "unique talent" as she noted, "For me personally I shall remember him as an abidingly loyal client. 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 McMilan on March 30, 1950, Coltrane grew up in Rutherglen, Scotland, with his mother, Jean Ross Howie, and father, Ian Baxter McMilan, a general practitioner and forensic police surgeon. He began his education at Belmont House School in Newton Mearns before going to Glenalmond College. Eventually, he attended the Glasgow School of Art and Moray House College of Education.
After failed attempts at becoming an artist, Coltrane pivoted toward comedy and theater. He performed in stand-up comedy clubs in Edinburgh and took on the surname of legendary Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane as part of his stage name. His early stage work includes appearances in the first theater production of John Byrne's The Slab Boys. Coltrane's early acting credits included television shows such as Flash Gordon (1980), Death Watch (1980), Scrubbers (1983), Krull (1983), The Supergrass (1985) and Defence of the Realm (1985). By this time, he'd become a mainstay on British television.
Coltrane's breakout role was in Cracker, which ran between 1993 and 2006. He played the role of Dr. Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald, an anti-social criminal psychologist with a knack for solving crimes. He won three BAFTA TV awards for his portrayal of the character.
Following Coltrane's award-winning portrayal of Dr. Fitzgarald, more prominent roles came his way, including his portrayal of Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in the James Bond films GoldenEye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough (1999). He also played Rubeus Hagrid in the film adaptations of the Harry Potter films, beginning with 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Before his casting, J.K. Rowling reportedly said, "Robbie Coltrane for Hagrid," with no hesitation, when asked who she wanted to see in the role.
After receiving his first BAFTA Television award for Best Actor at the 1994 ceremony, he won consecutively in '95 and '96 in the same category. Coltrane received an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 New Year's Honors list for his services to drama, and in 2011, BAFTA Scotland honored him for his outstanding contribution to film.
Coltrane's most recent credits include the movie Effie Gray (2014), in which he played Doctor. As for television, he appeared in the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, an HBO Max Special, in which he ruminated on his portrayal of Hagrid, saying, "The legacy of these movies is that my children's generation will show them to their children. So, you could be watching them in 50 years, easy. I'll not be here, sadly, but Hagrid will."
Coltrane is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children, Spencer and Alice, and their mother Rhona Gemmell.
Source: BBC; The Hollywood Reporter
Miki is the Anime News Editor for CBR. She is a yonsei (fourth-generation) Japanese American with a lifelong love of anime and manga.
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