Robbie Coltrane dead: Actor played Hagrid in Harry Potter movie

The Scottish actor played the gentle half-giant Hagrid, a mentor to the young wizard, in all eight Harry Potter films released between 2001 and 2011.

WASHINGTON – Robbie Coltrane, the Scottish actor best known for his roles in the Harry Potter and James Bond film franchises, has died at the age of 72, his agent confirmed to multiple media outlets.

The award-winning actor had been ill in recent years, after DEADLINE.

Coltrane rose to fame as a hardened detective in the 1990s series Cracker, for which he won Best Actor at the British Academy Television Awards three years running. This led to him playing Valentin Zukovsky in the James Bond films GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough.

But many will know Coltrane from the role of Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.

“The legacy of the films is that my children’s generation will show them to their children. So you could see it in 50 years, simple as that. I won’t be here unfortunately, but… Hagrid will, yes, ” Coltrane said in an interview celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter franchise.

Coltrane received rave reviews for the role of a popular TV star who may harbor a dark secret in the 2016 miniseries National Treasure.

Wright said, “Not only was he a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly funny, and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I will miss him.”

Wright said Coltrane is survived by his sister Annie Rae, ex-wife Rhona Gemmell, and children Spencer and Alice.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. This is breaking news that will be updated. Robbie Coltrane dead: Actor played Hagrid in Harry Potter movie

Laura Coffey

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