Robbie Coltrane, the Scottish Actor who donned the role of Rubeus Hagrid for the internationally acclaimed 8-Film Harry Potter series, died on Friday, October 14. He was aged 72 at the time of his death.
The Actor’s agent, Scott Henderson, communicated the death news to the world. However, the family of Robbie star have not released any other details of his death.
Apart from his widely loved role as the half-giant of the Wizarding World created by best-selling author JK Rowling, Coltrane had a long and successful career as an action. His filmography featured several critically acclaimed projects like the British series “Cracker”. He also featured in James Bond films “GoldenEye” and “The World Is Not Enough.”
In these films, Robbie played the part of a former KGB agent-turned-Russian mafia boss.
Following the news of Coltrane’s death, several actors from the British film fraternity, including his former Harry Potter Co-stars, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, have expressed their condolences.
Daniel Radcliffe, who played the character of “the boy who lived” in the international phenomenon that was the Harry Potter Series, issued an official statement following the death of Robbie Coltrane.
“Robbie (Coltrane) was one of the funniest people I’ve met.” He said, “He used to keep us constantly laughing as kids on the set.”
Radcliffe stated that he shared several fond memories of the Actor. He stated, “I have especially fond memories of him keeping our spirits up on ‘Prisoner of Azkaban,’ when we were all hiding from the torrential rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut. Radcliffe recollected that (Robbie) was telling stories and cracking jokes to keep morale up. I feel fortunate that I got to meet and work with him.
He also stated that he felt despondent that Robbie has passed. He was an incredible actor and a lovely man.
Coltrane’s former co-star, Stephen Fry, worked with the deceased Actor in a short-lived sketch series called “Alfresco.” He also expressed his condolences via a Twitter post.
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.
Another co-actor from Alfresco, Hugh Laurie, also commemorated the death of his friend and fellow artist with the words:
I hope it’s OK to spout memories: I used to ride with Robbie Coltrane between Manchester and London in his sort-of-restored MGA. I’d roll him cigarettes while he discoursed on the ways of the world, and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed or learned so much in my life.