The actor who played the charming gamekeeper Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series, Robbie Coltrane, died on Friday, according to his agent, Scott Henderson.
The James Bond movies “The World is Not Enough” and “GoldenEye”, as well as the British series “Cracker”, are among the actor’s other acting credentials.
The reason for the death wasn’t immediately disclosed in any detail.
Before becoming famous all around the world for his role as the bearded Hagrid, Coltrane developed his comedy abilities on the theatre stage. Alongside Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, and Emma Thompson, he co-starred in the 1980s sketch comedy program “Alfresco.”
In a message shared on Twitter, Fry paid tribute to his former co-star on Friday.
“I met Robbie Coltrane for the first time approximately 41 years ago. I simultaneously experienced amazement, dread, and love. The author stated that we produced our first TV show, “Alfresco,” with such depth, strength, and brilliance that it caused helpless hiccups and honking. “Goodbye, old man.”
Coltrane got his first British Academy Television Award nomination for best actor for his work on the six-part drama series “Tutti Frutti,” which Thompson and Coltrane co-wrote.
His first victory would come in the 1990s for the television show “Cracker.” That criminal drama series, which aired from 1993 to 1995, had three seasons and two more specials.
Robbie Coltrane was a natural for the role of Hagrid, a character with a giant body who is also half-human. He claimed in one interview that he read the books to his children, which is how he learned to know and love them.
You must do the voice if you are an actor. The kids anticipated it. There had to be no monotones, he said. But what truly struck viewers was his interpretation, which gave the character of the relatively modest half-giant a heart and soul.
Coltrane talked about his experience working on the movies and the influence of Hagrid in the HBO max special “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.”
“Pure and simple, everybody wants a really big, strong, respectable man on their side. That’s what makes Superhumans and these things appealing, “he remarked.
According to a statement from his UK agent, Belinda Wright, Coltrane is survived by his children, Spencer and Alice; their mother, Rhona Gemmell; and his sister, Annie Rae.