Robbie Coltrane, Hagrid in ‘Harry Potter’, has died aged 72




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Robbie Coltrane, the actor who played the lovable gamekeeper Hagrid in the Harry Potter film franchise, died on Friday, according to his agent Scott Henderson. He was 72 years old.

The Scottish-born actor’s other credits included the British series “Cracker” and the James Bond films “GoldenEye” and “The World Is Not Enough.”

No details on the cause of death were immediately released.

Before Coltrane achieved international fame playing the bearded Hagrid, he honed his comedic skills on the theater stage.

In the 80s, he appeared in a sketch series called “Alfresco” alongside the powerful Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson.

On Friday, Fry paid tribute to his former colleague a statement Posted on Twitter.

“I first met Robbie Coltrane 40 years ago. I was hit with horror/horror/love all at once. Such depth, power and talent: funny enough to hiccup and honk when we did our first TV show, ‘Alfresco,'” he wrote. “Goodbye, old man.

Coltrane teamed up with Thompson in the six-part drama series Tutti Frutti, for which he earned his first British Academy Television Award nomination for Best Actor.

His first victory would be for the TV series “Cracker” in the 90s. That series, a crime drama, ran for three seasons from 1993-95, with two subsequent specials.

The role of Hagrid, a half-giant, half-human character, was a natural for Coltrane. He knew and loved books because he read them to his children, he recalled in an interview.

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“If you’re an actor, you have to do voices. Children expect it. No monotony allowed,” he joked.

But it was his performance that brought heart and humanity to the role – literally a gentle half-giant – that stuck with audiences.

Appearing in the HBO Max special “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts,” Coltrane recalled his time in the films and Hagrid’s influence.

“Everyone in the world would like a big, huge, strong and good man by their side, as simple as that. That’s the appeal of Superman and these things,” he said. “Hagrid’s always been a good guy, hasn’t he?”