Robbie Coltrane, the actor who played half-giant Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter franchise, died on Thursday at the age of 72.
The Wizarding World on Twitter – the official hub for Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts fans – confirmed the news on Twitter and posted a tribute to the actor.
“He made a great impression as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films. We are deeply saddened to hear of Robbie Coltrane’s passing with such kindness, heart and humor. He was a great actor, a friend to all and will be deeply missed,” the Wizarding World tweeted. .
Robbie died at a hospital near his home in Larbert, Scotland.
According to reports, Coltrane had been ill for the past two years.
Legendary British actor and comedian Stephen Fry paid his heartfelt tribute to Coltrane, saying “Farewell old fellow…you will be terribly missed.”
Robbie Coltrane: Life and Work
Robbie Coltrane was born on March 30, 1950 in Glasgow, Scotland. His father and mother were a doctor and a teacher. Studied at Glasgow Art School and Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh.
Coltrane Edinburgh was associated with stand-up comedy. Performed stand-up comedy in clubs and changed his last name in honor of jazz legend John Coltrane as he performed in London.
His early TV credits include Blackadder and Keep It in the Family’ ‘Flash Gordon’, . His other comedy credits include ‘A Kick Up the Eighties’, ‘The Comic Strip’.
Coltrane also appeared in two James Bond films, where he played Valentin Zhukovsky in ‘Goldeneye’ and ‘The World Is Not Enough’.
In 2019, among his recent performances, another notable contribution was his role as Hagrid in the Robbie fantasy short film Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.