Robbie Coltrane, whose playing career ranged from Bond flicks to Cracker to Harry Potter, died at 72. His agency verified the news on Friday. Coltrane was born Anthony Robert McMillan in the wealthy Glasgow neighborhood of Rutherglen. He had another of becoming an artist. He shifted to live performance, acting in experimental theatre companies, and doing standup comedy under the alias Coltrane in honor of famed jazz musician John Coltrane.
Early Life of Robbie Coltrane:
On March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, Scotland, Anthony Robert McMillan was born, the son of Jean Ross Howie, a teacher and pianist, and Ian Baxter McMillan, a GP and forensic police surgeon. He had two sisters: Annie, his older sister, and Jane, his younger sister. Coltrane was the great-grandson of Scottish entrepreneur Thomas W. Howie and the nephew of entrepreneur Forbes Howie. He attended Belmont House Institution in Newton Mearns before transferring to College, a school in Perthshire. Despite subsequently describing his experiences as very sad, he played for the rugby First XV, was the leader of the school’s debate society, and received painting prizes.
Robbie Coltrane Successful Career:
In 1979, he appeared in Waterloo Sunset, a Richard Eyre-directed Play for Today in which he played the care-home escapee alongside Queenie Watts. Following that, he made minor cameos in films and television shows such as Flash Gordon, Are You Being Served?, Krull, and Britannia Hospital, with his unusual appearance and sheer stature helping him stand out from the crowd. Robbie Coltrane’s most memorable roles, from Fitz to Hagrid – video obituary. Coltrane’s comedic abilities began to take precedence when he succeeded in TV sketch shows such as Alfresco and A Kick Up the Eighties in the early 1980s. This firmly established him in the 80s alternative comedy school alongside Ben Elton, Emma Thompson, and Rik Mayall.
Robbie Coltrane Personal Life:
On December 11, 1999, Coltrane married Rhona Gemmell. Spencer and Alice were the couple’s two children. Coltrane and Gemmell divorced in 2003 after they separated. Coltrane had osteoarthritis later in life. In 2016, he claimed to be in “continuous discomfort all day,” and he began using a wheelchair in 2019. During the 2014 Scottish independence referendum campaign, Coltrane expressed his conditional support for independence, saying, “I’d eventually like to see independence – but only an independent Labour Scotland.”
Robbie Coltrane Died:
Coltrane died on October 14, 2022, at 72, in Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, after being ill for two years. The actor who starred in Harry Potter, James Bond, and Cracker died in a hospital near his home in Larbert, Scotland. For the past two years, the award-winning actor has been ailing. Belinda Wright, Coltrane’s representative, confirmed his death on Saturday at a hospital in Scotland. She did not explain. Coltrane’s sister Annie Rae, ex-wife Rhona Gemmell, and children Spencer and Alice survive him.
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— Culture Crave 🍿 (@CultureCrave) October 14, 2022
Everyone Paying Tribute to Robbie Coltrane’s Death:
JK Rowling, the Great Harry Potter series writer, praised “her tremendous gift.” “I’ll never know someone quite like Robbie again,” Rowling wrote, with a photo of the couple. “He was a one-of-a-kind individual, and I consider myself extremely fortunate to have known him, worked with him, and laughed my head off with him.” Daniel Radcliffe, who played the titular wizard in the movie, paid tribute to Coltrane by sharing cherished recollections from their time on set together. “Robbie was one of the funniest individuals I’ve ever met and used to keep us youngsters on the set continually giggling,” he said.
Coltrane rose to prominence as a tough-guy detective in the 1990s television series Cracker. He appeared in all eight Harry Potter franchise movies as the compassionate half-giant Hagrid, a mentor to the child wizard. In the 2016 miniseries National Treasure, Coltrane received outstanding accolades for her performance as a famous TV actress who may be hiding a dark secret. “Aside from being a superb actor, he was forensically bright, brilliantly humorous, and after 40 years of being honored to be called his agent, I shall miss him,” Wright added.
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