British actor Robbie Coltrane, known worldwide for his role as the half-giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, has died at the age of 72, his agent announced on Friday October 14.
Robbie Coltrane, whose real name is Anthony Robert McMillan, died Friday at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Scotland, said his agent Belinda Wright, thanking the caregivers of the establishment.
The author of the Harry Potter saga, JK Rowling, hailed her “incredible talent”on Twitter. “I was beyond lucky to know him, to work with him, and to laugh till tears with him”did she say.
“Robbie had a unique talent”
Born in Scotland, the actor was adored by children around the world for his portrayal of the kind, clumsy half-giant with a thick beard Rubeus Hagrid, who helps the young wizard Harry Potter and his friends in their adventures at the school of wizards of Hogwarts. In reality, he was 1.86 m tall, but for the purposes of the film special effects and special effects gave the impression that he was much taller.
“Robbie had a unique talent, sharing with Michael Gambon (who was also part of the Harry Potter saga, playing Professor Dumbledore) a record for having won three consecutive Bafta for best actor” for his role in the series Cracker, in 1994, 1995 and 1996, recalled his agent. “He was smart, brilliantly witty and after 40 years of being his agent, I will miss him”she added.
Coltrane rose to prominence in the mid-1990s for his role as Doctor Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald, a psychologist assisting Manchester Police in the British crime series Cracker. In the 1990s, he had also played in two films of the James Bond saga (The world is not enough and GoldenEye), playing a Russian mobster and ex-KGB agent.