Actor Robbie Coltrane (Rutherglen, Scotland, 1950), known for playing Hagrid in the Harry Potter film saga, has died at the age of 72. “Robbie will probably be remembered for decades to come as Hagrid, a role that brought joy to children and adults alike, prompting a torrent of fan letters every week for twenty years,” his agent, Belinda Wright, recalled.
Coltrane won five Bafta awards from the British Film and Television Academy during his career, three of them consecutively, between 1994 and 1996, for his participation in the series Cracker.
Robbie Coltrane, whose real name is Anthony Robert McMillan, went to the Glasgow School of Art. He began doing theater and standup under the pseudonym Coltrane as a tribute to celebrated jazz musician John Coltrane. His first film appearance was waterloo sunset in 1979 and his comedy skills were not long in coming to the fore from the 1980s on television shows.
He also appeared in the James Bond films. golden eye (1995) and The World is not Enough (1999), and was appointed in 2006 Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
His casting as Hagrid, the Hogwarts gamekeeper in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, brought him fame and recognition to a new, younger audience. He brought that character to life for a decade, from 2001 to 2011.