Robbie Coltrane - The Giant Best Friend Of Harry Potter Passed Away
His acting agency, WME, confirmed the news to Variety on Friday that Robbie Coltrane had passed away. Coltrane was best known for his role as the lovable half-giant Rubeus Hagrid in the "Harry Potter" film series. He was 72.
Coltrane appeared in all of the "Harry Potter" films, beginning with "The Sorcerer's Stone" in 2001 and continuing through "Death Hallows - Part 2" in 2011, and was adored by fans for his portrayal of the character Harry Potter, which was based on J.K. Rowling's book series.
He was among one of the first characters to appear on screen, and he said the famous line, "Yer a wizard, Harry," to a young Daniel Radcliffe as the latter began his journey into the wizarding world. He was one of the first characters to appear in the Harry Potter film series.
Hagrid, who was a towering figure but a softie at heart, had a soft spot for fierce beasts and cared for some of the fiercest and most iconic creatures that lived in the "Harry Potter" world. Hagrid was a softie at heart.
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Harry Potter Actor Robbie Coltrane Dies at 72
Coltrane, a comedian who was bigger than life, played Rubeus Hagrid, the gamekeeper at Hogwarts, in the Harry Potter series. He was very popular as Harry Potter's half-giant, half-wizard friend. His performances and on-screen relationship with Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter won him praise and fame all over the world.
In the UK, Coltrane ruled TV as forensic psychologist Dr. Edward "Fitz" Coltrane in the murder drama series Cracker. For this role, he won three consecutive BAFTA best actor awards, something only Michael Gambon has done. He was also nominated for a BAFTA for the TV shows National Treasure on Channel 4 and Tutti Frutti on BBC Scotland.
In movies like Nuns on the Run, Mona Lisa, and Ocean's 12, the actor also gave memorable performances. He played Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky, a former KGB agent turned ally of Agent 007, in the James Bond movies GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough.
Anthony Robert McMillan was born on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, Scotland. This is where Coltrane grew up. In his early 20s, he took the stage name Coltrane as a tribute to the jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. His big break came in David Byrne's play The Slab Boys.
Before he started acting on TV, he was in movies like Flash Gordon and Mona Lisa. Then, in Tutti Frutti and Blackadder the Third, he was on TV. He was also very good as the Pope in The Pope Must Die, a comedy from 1991.
In the 1990s, Cracker was well-reviewed, and Coltrane made his first appearance in a Harry Potter movie in 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which was called Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone outside of the U.S. Reports say that J.K. Rowling wanted Robbie Coltrane to play Hagrid the most, and when asked who she wanted to see in the role, she said, "Robbie Coltrane for Hagrid," all in one breath.
The most successful parts of Coltrane's career were in the "Harry Potter" movies. He reportedly made $200,000 for his first role in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in 2001, and when he came back for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" in 2004, he got a huge raise of $900,000.
Returning to the series for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" in 2011 brought in $1.2 million, according to reports. Coltrane used his money to buy a $3 million house in Glasgow and several expensive cars, including a $245,000 Range Rover. Coltrane's children Spencer and Alice, his ex-wife Rhona Gemmel, and his sister Annie Rae are the only people who will remember him.
Robbie Coltrane, who played the popular character Hagrid in the "Harry Potter" movies, has died at the age of 72. On Friday, Oct. 14, the actor's agent told the public the sad news. Robbie had been sick for a long time before he died in a hospital in Scotland.
He was best known for his part in "Harry Potter," but he was also in "Cracker" and "Goldeneye" and "The World Is Not Enough" with James Bond. In 2006, the late Queen Elizabeth II gave him an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for his work in theater.