Beloved Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, identified for the James Bond and Harry Potter franchises, handed away this morning on the age of 72.
He died at a hospital in Scotland, though a right away explanation for loss of life is just not identified. Coltrane’s agent confirmed the information at this time to BBC, Deadline and The Guardian.
Coltrane was most identified for enjoying the mild big Rubeus Hagrid within the Harry Potter movies. All through the collection, Coltrane’s Hagrid was a fatherly determine and shut buddy to Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter.
The information of Coltrane’s passing at this time hit me at this time as I used to be amongst many followers who grew up alongside his heat portrayal of Hagrid. Earlier this yr, Coltrane had reunited together with his castmates on a Harry Potter reunion particular, which aired on HBO Max.
I additionally fondly keep in mind the actor from the James Bond collection as nicely, as Coltrane performed KGB agent-turned-Russian mafia head and Bond ally Valentin Dimitrovich Zukovsky in Goldeneye and The World Is Not Sufficient.
A beloved character as nicely, he additionally had varied performances in movies reminiscent of Mona Lisa, Ocean’s Twelve and Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Henry V.
Coltrane was born in 1950 in Rutherglen, Scotland as Anthony Macmillan. When he pursued performing in his early 20s, he took the stage title Coltrane as a tribute to jazz saxophonist John Coltrane.
At first, he primarily centered on British theatre and comedy. He first appeared in a theatre manufacturing of John Byrne’s The Slab Boys on the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. He then appeared in The Comedian Strip Presents, a comedy TV collection during which additionally he co-starred together with his eventual Harry Potter co-star Daybreak French (who performed the Fats Girl in Harry Potter). Coltrane additionally starred in comedy sketch present Alfresco.
He was additionally identified for enjoying forensic psychologist Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald within the British crime drama collection Cracker. This received him the British Tv Award for Greatest Actor for 3 consecutive years.
Throughout HBO Max’s Harry Potter reunion particular, Coltrane moved individuals to tears whereas he was reminiscing in regards to the movie franchise. “The legacy of the flicks is that my youngsters’s era will present them to their youngsters,” he stated whereas he was tearing up. “So you can be watching it in 50 yr’s time, simply. I’ll not be right here sadly, however Hagrid will, sure.”
Coltrane’s passing makes this remark much more surreal.
Coltrane is survived by his two youngsters.