Robbie Coltrane, who played Harry Potter, died at age 72. Robbie Coltrane, who was in movies like Harry Potter and Cracker, has died at the age of 72, his agent said tonight.
The Scottish actor, whose real name is Anthony Robert McMillan, was best known for his roles as the beloved Hogwarts gamekeeper Hagrid and as the criminal psychologist Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald in the 1990s ITV drama.
The actor and comedian, who was given an OBE in 2006 for services to drama, has been getting a lot of praise, including from Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and J.K. Rowling, who worked with him on the Harry Potter movies.
For his role as Dr. Fitz, he won the Best Actor BAFTA three years in a row, as well as two BAFTA Scotland Awards. He even did the voice for the BBC version of The Old Man of Lochnagar, a book for kids written by King Charles.
Coltrane leaves behind his ex-wife Rhona Gemmell, whom he married in 1999, his sister Annie Rae, and his children Spencer, born in 1992, and Alice, born in 1998.
Before he became an actor, he was one of the best-loved comedians in the UK. His first major serious role was as Fitz in the ITV drama series Cracker.
During his career, he also worked with famous comedians and actors like Julie Walters, Ben Elton, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, and Siobhan Redmond.
Belinda Wright, Coltrane’s agent, called him a “unique talent” and said that the star died on Friday. She also said, “Please give Robbie’s family some privacy during this hard time.”
People thought the 72-year-old had serious health problems earlier this year because he had to miss London’s Comic Con in June for medical reasons.
In a statement, she said, “On Friday, October 14, my client and friend Robbie Coltrane OBE died.” Robbie was a one-of-a-kind actor. He and Sir Michael Gambon were both in the Guinness Book of Records for winning three Best Actor Baftas in a row for their roles as Fitz in the Granada TV series Cracker in 1994, 1995, and 1996.
“He will probably be most remembered in the years to come for his role as Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies. This was a role that made children and adults happy all over the world and led to hundreds of letters from fans every week for over 20 years.
Fans of James Bond also write to praise his performances in GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough.
“For me, I will remember him as a client who was always loyal. He was a great actor, but he was also very smart and funny. After 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I will miss him.
“His sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice, and their mother Rhona Gemmell are the only ones who still care about him.” They appreciate the care and kindness of the doctors and nurses at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert.
People are starting to say nice things about the star, including J.K. Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe, who was in the Harry Potter movies.
Daniel Radcliffe said that Robbie Coltrane, who he worked with on the Harry Potter movies, was “one of the funniest people” and a “incredible actor.”
In a statement, the actor who played the main character in the fantasy show said, “Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. When we were kids on the set, he kept us laughing all the time.”
“One of my favourite memories of him is from Prisoner of Azkaban, when we were all hiding from the rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut and he kept us all laughing by telling stories and making jokes.
“I feel so lucky to have met and worked with him, and I’m very sad that he’s gone. He was a great actor and a nice person.
Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the Harry Potter movies, posted a heartbreaking message on Instagram: “Rest in peace, Robbie Coltrane.
“Robbie was like the most fun uncle I’ve ever had, but most of all, he was very caring and kind to me as a child and as an adult.” His talent was so great that it made sense that he played a giant. He was so smart that he could fill any space with it.
Robbie, if I ever get to be as nice to someone on a movie set as you were to me, I promise I’ll do it in your honor.
“Please know how much I love and respect you.”
I’ll really miss your kindness, your nicknames, your warmth, your laughs, and your hugs.
“You brought us together. Know that we thought that of you. Hagrid was the best there was. You made being Hermione fun.’
Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy, said on Instagram, “One of my favourite memories of filming Harry Potter was a night shoot for the first movie in the forbidden forest.” I was 12.
“Robbie cared about everyone around him and looked out for them. Effortlessly. And they laughed. Effortlessly. He was a big, friendly giant on TV, but he was even nicer in person. Love you, buddy, and thanks for everything.’
Warwick Davis, who played Professor Flitwick in the Harry Potter movies with Robbie Coltrane, has paid tribute to the “always happy” actor, who died at the age of 72.
He wrote, “I was sad to hear that Robbie Coltrane, who was also in the Harry Potter movies, died today.”
“He was always happy, and wherever he went, he brought warmth, light, and laughter with him.” Robbie, the beloved giant of comedy, has died.
James Phelps, who played Fred Weasley, said, “I’ll miss having random conversations about everything.”
“And I’ll never forget how Robbie Coltrane told a very nervous 14-year-old me, on my first day on a movie set in September 2000, “Enjoy it, you’ll be great.” I’ll never forget that.” I appreciate that.’
Oliver, his twin brother both in the movies and in real life, said, “November 2001, Leicester Square, London.
“Take this in, guys, it’s like getting your first Rolls-Royce!” Robbie when he was standing next to me at the first HP premiere on the red carpet.
“We’ve had some great talks about history and travel over the years.” Rest in peace Robbie.’
Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom with Coltrane in the Harry Potter movies, has also paid tribute to the actor since he died.
‘Robbie. Bobser. He said my name was Space Boy. We both liked the idea of the end of the world,’ Lewis wrote.
“He didn’t give a f***,” she said, and that always made you laugh. In more than one way, a giant. We had our fun.’
JK Rowling, who wrote the Harry Potter books, said on Twitter, “I’ll never meet anyone even close to Robbie again.
“He was an amazing talent and a one-of-a-kind person. I was so lucky to know him, work with him, and laugh my head off with him.” I love and feel sorry for his family, especially his children.’
Stephen Fry and Coltrane were both on the comedy show Alfresco. He said, “I met Robbie Coltrane for the first time almost 40 years ago,” which Fry wrote in a tweet. “I was amazed, scared, and in love all at the same time.
“Such depth, power, and talent: so funny that it made us hiccup and honk as we made our first TV show, “Alfresco.”
‘Farewell, old fellow. You will be so terribly missed.’
Hugh Laurie, who played Blackadder with Coltrane, has also talked about their time together.
Laurie tweeted, “I hope it’s okay to talk about old times: I used to ride with Robbie Coltrane between Manchester and London in his kind of fixed-up MGA.”
“I’d roll him cigarettes while he talked about the world, and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed or learned so much in my life.”
Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley, said that the news of Robbie Coltrane’s death made her “heartbroken.”
She wrote that she was “heartbroken” by Robbie Coltrane’s death.
“My favourite character was Hagrid! Robbie did a great job of showing Hagrid’s warmth, sense of home, and love for his students and magical creatures.
“Thanks for making me laugh so much. Miss you Robbie. Sending you and your family love.’
Tony Robinson, who was in the British comedy show Blackadder with Coltrane, has paid tribute to him since he died. Coltrane was on the third season of Blackadder.
‘Robbie! Robinson wrote on Twitter, “You were such a nice man and so talented as a comedian and a serious actor.
“Dictionary was my favourite Adder episode ever, and it was all because of you, buddy. Rest well.’