By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Falkirk, Scotland: Actor Robbie Coltrane, best known for his role as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies franchise, has died on Friday, October 14th, 2022.
In a statement, his agent Belinda Wright confirmed the 72 years old actor died in hospital near Falkirk in Scotland.
Belinda Wright described Coltrane as a “unique talent”, adding his role as Hagrid “brought joy to children and adults alike all over the world.”
“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. He is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice and their mother Rhona Gemmell. They would like to thank the medical staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for their care and diplomacy. Please respect Robbie’s family’s privacy at this distressing time,” said in the statement by Belinda Wright.
Coltrane was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and originally named Anthony Robert McMillan.
He later changed his name to Robbie Coltrane in honor of John Coltrane, a famous jazz saxophonist.
Coltrane attended the Glasgow Art School and the Moray House College of Education in Edinburgh.
According to IMDB, Coltrane has 114 acting credits dating back to 1979 when he played Jimmy on an episode of the series “Play for Today,” a British television anthology drama series that was produced by the BBC.
Coltrane later debuted as Hagrid, Hogwarts’ giant and kind-hearted professor of Care of Magical Creatures, in the 2001 film “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” famously uttering the line, “You’re a wizard, Harry.”
Coltrane would reprised the role in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 sequels.
Coltrane most recent performance as Hagrid was in the 2019 pre-show “Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.”
Coltrane also voiced the character in the 2015 Lego Dimensions game.
Coltrane was made an OBE in the 2006 New Year’s honours list for his services to drama, and was awarded the Bafta Scotland Award for outstanding contribution to film in 2011.
Coltrane was among the actors who returned for the 20th anniversary “Return to Hogwarts” special in 2022.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling tweeted about the passing of Coltrane typing, “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.”
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe paid tribute to Coltrane in a statement, saying, “Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve met and used to keep us laughing constantly as kids on that set. I’ve especially fond memories of him keeping our spirits up on Prisoner of Azkaban, when we were all hiding from the torrential rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut and he was telling stories and cracking jokes to keep morale up. I feel incredibly lucky that I got to meet and work with him and very sad that he’s passed. He was an incredible actor and a lovely man.”
Fellow Harry Potter star Emma Watson said, “Robbie, if I ever get to be so kind as you were to me on a film set I promise I’ll do it in your name and memory.”
Emma Watson paid tribute to Coltrane on Instagram saying there was “no better Hagrid” and he “made it a joy to be Hermione. I’ll really miss your sweetness, your nicknames, your warmth, your laughs and your hugs.”
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described Coltrane’s death as “very sad news.”
“He had such range and depth as an actor, from brilliant comedy to hard-edged drama. I think my favourite of all his roles was Fitz in Cracker. Robbie Coltrane, Scottish entertainment legend – you will be hugely missed. RIP,” said Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Actor Robbie Coltrane.