Hagrid's 'Harry Potter' actor Robbie Coltrane has died

Hagrid's voice actor in “Harry Potter” ;céd;

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British actor Robbie Coltrane, known worldwide for his role as the half-giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, has died at the age of 72, his agent announced on Friday.&nbsp ;

Robbie Coltrane, whose real name is Anthony Robert McMillan, died Friday at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Scotland, said his agent Belinda Wright, thanking the caregivers at the establishment.

L he author of the Harry Potter saga, J.K. Rowling, hailed his “incredible talent” on Twitter. “I was beyond lucky to know him, to work with him, and to laugh to tears with him,” she said.

Born in Scotland, the actor was adored by children around the world for his portrayal of the kind, clumsy half-giant with a thick beard Rubeus Hagrid, who helps the young wizard Harry Potter and his friends in their adventures at the school of wizards of Hogwarts.

He was actually 1.86m tall, but for the purposes of the film special effects and tricks made him look much taller.

“Robbie had a unique talent, sharing with Michael Gambon (who was also part of the Harry Potter saga, playing Professor Dumbledore) a record for having won three consecutive Bafta for best actor “for his role in the series Cracker, in 1994, 1995 and 1996, recalled his agent.

“He was smart, brilliantly witty and after 40 years of being his agent, I will miss him,” she added.

Coltrane rose to prominence in the mid-1990s for his role as Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald, a psychologist with helping Manchester police in the British crime series Cracker. 

In the 1990s, he also starred in two James Bond films (“The World Is Not Enough” and “GoldenEye” ), playing a Russian mobster and ex-KGB agent.