Actor Robbie Coltrane who played the role of Hagrid, passed away at age 72

Robbie Coltrane Harry Potter: Hagrid’s role in the Harry Potter movies, actor Robbie Coltrane, passed away on Saturday at the age of 72. Coltrane co-starred with Pierce Brosnan in two James Bond movies, “Goldeneye” (1995) and “The World Is Not Enough” (1999), as a former KGB agent who became a Russian mafia lord.

Robbie Coltrane passed away at age 72

J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, and British actor Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, both paid tribute to the late Coltrane with sincere words.

“Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve met and used to keep us laughing constantly as kids on the set”, Radcliffe remarked.

From “Sorcerer’s Stone” in 2001 through “Death Hallows: Part 2” in 2011, Coltrane and Radcliffe co-starred in all eight “Harry Potter” films.

Added he, “On “Prisoner of Azkaban,” when we were all hiding from the pouring rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut, Harry did a very good job of keeping our spirits high by telling jokes and telling stories. I consider myself tremendously fortunate to have met and worked with him, and I’m devastated by his passing. He was a kind man and a fantastic actor.”

Separately, Rowling paid tribute to Coltrane on Twitter with the following message: “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.”

Franchise creators Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli also paid tribute to Coltrane on the official James Bond Twitter account, calling him “an extraordinary performer whose genius knew no bounds…

“We shall miss him as a dear friend. Rest in peace Robbie.”

– ‘Depth, power, talent’ –

Coltrane, an actor, comedian, and writer, was born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, a town close to Glasgow.

He appeared on television in 1987’s cult BAFTA-winning BBC miniseries “Tutti Frutti” with Emma Thompson.

In the ITV series “Cracker,” he gained notoriety and more accolades for his depiction of the hard-partying criminal psychologist Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald (1993-2006).

Alongside “Mr Bean” star Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie, he played the English author and lexicographer Samuel Johnson in the TV comedy series “Blackadder the Third” (“House”).

Coltrane appeared in the 1987 Neil Jordan criminal drama “Mona Lisa” and the 1990 comedy “Nuns on the Run” alongside former Monty Python actor Eric Idle.

He will, however, be most known for playing Rubeus Hagrid, the half-giant, half-human gamekeeper and Keeper of the Keys and Grounds of Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter film series based on the best-selling books by J.K. Rowling.

Children Spencer and Alice, as well as their mother Rhona Gemmell, are left behind by Coltrane.

His agent Belinda Wright expressed gratitude to the medical staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, central Scotland, “for their care and diplomacy,” despite the fact that no cause of death was disclosed.

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