Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, has died at the age of 72, his agent said on Friday.
He also played a former KGB agent turned Russian mob boss in two James Bond movies: golden eye (1995) and the world is not enough (1999) — with Pierce Brosnan.
“My client and friend Robbie Coltrane OBE passed away on Friday, October 14,” Belinda Wright said in a statement, calling him “a rare talent.”
Coltrane, who was born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950 in Rutherglen, near Glasgow, forged a career as an actor, comedian and writer.
On television, he starred opposite Emma Thompson in the BAFTA-winning cult film BBC miniseries Tutti Frutti in 1987.
He rose to fame and won more awards for his portrayal of hard-drinking criminal psychologist Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald in the itv Serie Cracker (1993-2006).
He was the English author and lexicographer Samuel Johnson in the television comedy series blackadder the third beside Mr. bean star Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie (House).
Frequent co-star Stephen Fry tweeted that he was “amazed/terrified/love struck at the same time” when he first met Coltrane 40 years ago.
“Such depth, power and talent – funny enough to cause helpless hiccups and honks while making our first TV show.”Outdoor‘. Goodbye, old friend. We will miss you terribly,” he wrote.
On the big screen, Coltrane had roles in Neil Jordan’s 1987 crime drama. Mona Lisa and teamed up with former Monty Python star Eric Idle on the 1990 comedy nuns on the run.
But he will be best remembered globally as Rubeus Hagrid, the half-giant, half-human gamekeeper and keeper of the keys and grounds of Hogwarts School in JK Rowling’s best-selling Harry Potter film franchise.
The role “brought joy to children and adults alike around the world, prompting a torrent of fan letters every week for more than 20 years,” Wright said.
“As well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty,” he said.
Rowling tweeted that “I will never meet anyone remotely like Robbie again.
“He was an incredible talent, completely unique, and I was beyond lucky to meet him, work with him and laugh out loud with him,” she wrote.
Coltrane is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice, and his mother Rhona Gemmell.
The cause of death was not released, but Wright thanked the medical staff at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, central Scotland, “for their care and diplomacy.”