The Scottish actor was also known for his appearances in the ’90s Bond films ‘Goldeneye’ and ‘The World is Not Enough’.
Robbie Coltrane, the Scottish actor best known for his portrayal of the lovable half-giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series, died in Lambert, Scotland on October 14, IndieWire has confirmed. He was 72.
Coltrane began his career as a theater and comics actor and was a three-time BAFTA winner for his ’90s ITV drama series Cracker. After playing memorable supporting roles in Pierce Brosnan’s Bond films Goldeneye and The World is Not Enough, he began his most famous role in 2001 when he portrayed Hagrid in the first Harry Potter film. Coltrane appeared in all eight films in the series and his portrayal of Hagrid received critical acclaim from fans. In 2006, Queen Elizabeth II honored him with an Order of the British Empire for his services to the arts.
As portrayed in JK Rowling’s original book, Hagrid is the half-giant groundskeeper at Hogwarts Magic School and a frequent and constant ally of Harry (played in the Daniel Radcliffe films). Coltrane embodied the character’s imposing physique and kind demeanor, and his first appearance in the original film – revealing Harry’s magical parentage to him – is one of the most remembered and most cited moments of the entire film series.
in the a statement to diversity After Coltrane’s death, Radcliffe called the actor “one of the funniest people” he’s met and shared fond memories of working with him as a child actor on the set of Harry Potter.
“Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve ever met and always made us laugh on set as kids,” Radcliffe said in a statement. “I particularly fondly remember how he kept our spirits up on ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ when we all hid in Hagrid’s cabin for hours from the torrential rain and he told stories and cracked jokes to keep morale up. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet and work with him and very sad that he has passed away. He was an incredible actor and a lovely man.”
Coltrane was born Anthony Robert McMillan in 1950, grew up in Rutherglen, Scotland and attended the Glasgow School of the Arts and the Moray House College of Education. In 1978 he adopted the stage name Coltrane in homage to jazz musician John Coltrane and began his acting career on stage with the play The Slab Boys at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre.
During the 1980s he wrote and performed on various British sketch comedy shows including The Comic Strips Presents, Alfresco, A Kick Up the Eighties and Laugh??? I almost paid my license fee.” He’s also had memorable supporting roles on comedy shows like The Young Ones and Blackadder the Third. In 1987 he appeared as the lead singer of a rock band in the BBC Scotland series Tutti Frutti. The series, which starred Emma Thompson, earned Coltrane his first BAFTA nomination. In 1993 and 1997, he hosted two television travel specials – “Coltrane in a Cadillac” and “Coltrane’s Planes and Automobiles” – in which he traveled around the United States in a Cadillac and explained the inner workings of various vehicles.
In film, Coltrane played supporting roles in films such as Flash Gordon, Death Watch, Absolute Beginners, and Mona Lisa. In 1989 he played the role of Falstaff in Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V. He also starred in the 1990 comedy Nuns on the Run and in 1991 in The Pope Must Die, in which he played the Pope.
From 1993 to 1996, Coltrane starred in Cracker as Dr. Edward Fitzgerald, an alcoholic and foul-mouthed but brilliant criminal psychologist. The show, similar in structure to Colombo and also starring Christopher Eccleston, ran over three series, each with Coltrane winning Best Actor at the TV BAFTAs. Coltrane would reprise the role in 2006 for a two-hour special.
In “Goldeneye” and “The World is Not Enough,” Coltrane starred as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky, a Russian mobster who serves as the secret agent’s source of information and eventual ally.
In the 2000s, Coltrane played supporting roles in such films as Ocean’s Twelve, Stormbreaker, and The Brothers Bloom, in addition to most of his appearances in the Harry Potter franchise. In 2012, he voiced a character in the Pixar animated film Brave and appeared in an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. In 2016 he received another BAFTA nomination for his leading role in the British drama National Treasure, in which he portrays a hit comedian who hosts a quiz show and is accused of sexual assault in his early career. His last on-screen appearance was at HBO Max’s Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Celebration, Return to Hogwarts, which premiered on the streamer in January 2022.
Coltrane is survived by his two children.
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