Robbie Coltrane passed away on Friday at age 72. Robbie Coltrane, Hagrid in the ‘Harry Potter’ Films, Dies at 72
The veteran Scottish actor and comedian also played a gambling-addicted psychologist in the 1990s crime series “Cracker.”
Robbie Coltrane, the veteran Scottish actor who played the beloved half-giant Rubeus Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” films and starred in the cult British crime series “Cracker,” died on Friday in Larbert, Scotland. He was 72.
His death, in a hospital, was confirmed by Belinda Wright, his British agent. Ms. Wright said that Mr. Coltrane’s family had not disclosed a cause, but that he had been “unwell for some time.”
Robbie Coltrane Cause of Death
Mr. Coltrane veered from the comic to the gritty in a 40-year career in film and television, with turns as an antihero detective in “Cracker” (1993-96), a K.G.B. agent turned ally to James Bond and a gangster who disguises himself as a nun after betraying his fellow criminals in “Nuns on the Run” (1990).
But those roles did little to prepare Mr. Coltrane to play Hagrid, a fan favorite from the “Harry Potter” books whose transition to the big screen would face the sky-high expectations of millions of young readers.
How did Robbie Coltrane Die
Actor Robbie Coltrane has died at the age of 72, his agent has confirmed.
The Scottish actor was famous for his iconic role of Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter franchise, with millions across the world connecting him with the loveable character to this day. He was also notable for his work in James Bond films GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough, as well as gaining recognition for his TV work in ITV’s crime drama Cracker.
Belinda Wright, Robbie’s agent of 40 year, confirmed the actor’s death. She described him as “unique talent”.
I first met Robbie Coltrane almost exactly 40 years ago. I was awe/terror/love struck all at the same time. Such depth, power & talent: funny enough to cause helpless hiccups & honking as we made our first TV show, “Alfresco”. Farewell, old fellow. You’ll be so dreadfully missed
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) October 14, 2022
In a statement, Wright said: “My client and friend Robbie Coltrane OBE passed away on Friday October 14. Robbie was a unique talent, sharing the Guinness Book of Records’ Award for winning three consecutive Best Actor Baftas for his portrayal of Fitz in Granada TV’s series Cracker in 1994, 1995 and 1996 with Sir Michael Gambon.
I'll never know anyone remotely like Robbie again. He was an incredible talent, a complete one off, and I was beyond fortunate to know him, work with him and laugh my head off with him. I send my love and deepest condolences to his family, above all his children. pic.twitter.com/tzpln8hD9z
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 14, 2022