Robbie Coltrane Dead: Hagrid the actor in ‘Harry Potter’ was 72

Ruby Coltranewho played half of the beloved giant Rubus Hagrid in “Harry PotterHe died, his agency WME confirmed to Variety on Friday. He was 72 years old.

Coltrane has appeared in every Harry Potter movie, from the Sorcerer’s Stone in 2001 to Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2011, and has been much loved for bringing the character to life from the J.K. Rowling book series. He was among the first characters to appear on screen, and he recited the famous phrase, “Yer a wizard, Harry” to young Daniel Radcliffe as he embarked on his journey into the wizarding world. A tall but soft-hearted character, Hagrid was a sweet spot for ferocious beasts and cared for some of the world’s most ferocious and imaginative creatures “Harry Potter”. Radcliffe He praised the time he spent with Coltrane on the set of ‘Potter’.. “I have particularly fond memories of him keeping our spirits up on ‘Prisoner of Azkaban,'” Radcliffe said. ‘When we were all hiding from the pouring rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut, telling stories and cracking jokes to keep morale up.’

The Scottish actor, comedian and writer has also appeared in two James Bond films, 1995’s “GoldenEye” and 1999’s “The World Is Not Enough,” as Russian mafia man Valentin Dmitrovich Zhukovsky.

One of his first major appearances was in the British comedy series Al Fresco in 1983. He co-starred with other soon-to-be greats like Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry. A few years later, he reunited with Thompson in 1987 in the BBC Scotland drama “Tutti Frutti” and earned his first nomination for Best Actor at the British Academy Television Awards. From 1993-1995, he starred in the ITV crime drama “Cracker” as criminal psychologist Dr. Edward “Fitz” Fitzgerald, winning three British Academy Television Awards. After hanging up Hagrid’s trench coat, Coltrane starred in the popular Channel 4 drama National Treasure, playing a retired comedian accused of sexual assault. For this role, he won a few Best Actor Awards from British organizations.

His old agent, Belinda Wright, recalled their work together. “We will likely be remembered better for decades to come as Hagrid in the ‘Harry Potter’ films, a role that has brought joy to children and adults alike around the world and has led to an outpouring of fan letters every week for over 20 years,” Wright wrote by mail mail to diverse. “For me personally, I will remember him as a loyal client. In addition to being a great actor, he was forensically clever, brilliantly intelligent, and after 40 years of taking pride in calling his agent, I will miss him.”

Coltrane is survived by his sister, Annie Ray, sons Spencer and Alice, and their mother, Rhona Gemmell. The family expressed their gratitude to the medical staff at the Royal Forth Valley Hospital in Larbert for their care and diplomacy.

The actor’s last appearance with his Harry Potter family was on the 20th anniversary of “Return to Hogwarts” released on HBO Max in January 2022. His thoughts on the power of the series were an exciting farewell to fans.

Casey Patterson, director and executive producer of the much-watched reunion, noted, “Ruby was sick when we were filming, aware of his death and very determined to have that complete final experience with the beloved cast. He spent days on the original sets in conversation with all of them. , and we could feel him entering the great hall, stories of war, the passage of time. He was so funny, but he was equally rude and weak… He looked straight into the muzzle and in that way Hagrid knew, he shared with us everything he knew he was close to The end and how proud he is of the legacy he will leave behind.”

In the special, emotional Coltrane said, “The legacy of the movies is that my children’s generation will be showing them to their children. So you can watch it in 50 years, easily. I won’t be here, unfortunately, but Hagrid will.”

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