Robbie Coltrane, actor who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies, dies at 72

Robbie Coltrane actor who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies, dies at 72, GamersRD

Venerable Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, better known as Hagrid, the dragon-loving half-giant from the Harry Potter film franchise, has died aged 72, his representatives said.

A representative from the actor’s agency, William Morris Endeavor, confirmed his death to NBCnews and said that Coltrane had been ill and was not active recently.

He co-starred in the James Bond films GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough, in which he played Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky, a former KGB agent turned ally of Agent 007.

Coltrane was born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, Scotland. He took the stage name Coltrane when he was in his early 20s in tribute to jazz saxophonist John Coltrane and broke through in Byrne’s stage production of The Slab Boys. His early film roles included Flash Gordon and Mona Lisa before he appeared on the small screen in Tutti Frutti and then Blackadder the Third. He also memorably played the Pope in the 1991 comedy The Pope Must Die.

Cracker was a critical success in the 1990s, and Coltrane made his Harry Potter debut in 2001’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone outside the US). JK Rowling reportedly had Coltrane at the top of her list to play Hagrid, and when asked who she’d like to see in the role, she answered “Robbie Coltrane for Hagrid” in one fell swoop.

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