Robbie Coltrane, best known for his roles in the Harry Potter franchise, James Bond, and Cracker, has passed away. He was 72.
His agent Belinda Wright confirmed the comic actor died in a hospital near Falkirk in Scotland, in a statement to BBC.
Wright described her client as a “unique talent”, emphasizing that his beloved gentle-giant character Hagrid “brought joy to children and adults alike all over the world.”
“For me personally I shall remember him as an abidingly loyal client,” the agent said. “As well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I shall miss him.”
“He is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice and their mother Rhona Gemmell. They would like to thank the medical staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for their care and diplomacy. Please respect Robbie’s family’s privacy at this distressing time.”
Many people that closely confided in Coltrane, or had the pleasure of encountering him throughout his career, expressed sorrow for the Scottish actor’s passing.
Very sorry to hear Robbie Coltrane has died. We shared a dressing room once and he had the biggest pants I have ever seen, which he wore with tremendous flair. We were friends from then on. pic.twitter.com/b1Wr5wUuz9
— Richard Coles (@RevRichardColes) October 14, 2022
I will miss the random chats about all subjects under the sun.And I'll never forget in September 2000, Robbie Coltrane came over to a very nervous 14yr old me on my 1st ever day on a movie set and said "Enjoy it, you'll be great". Thank you for that x
— James Phelps (@James_Phelps) October 14, 2022
In 1998, I was driving a bunch of people to a party at the Sundance Film Festival. A huge man in an expensive overcoat was hitchhiking in the snow. We picked him up. It was Robbie Coltrane. Lovely bloke. RIP. https://t.co/vqxrJI4QtY
— David Hayter (@DavidBHayter) October 14, 2022