Hagrid actor Robbie Coltrane passes away at the age of 72
Robbie Coltrane, the actor who has played , including crime-solving psychologist in the TV series Crackers and gentle half-giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, has died. He was 72 years old.
Coltrane's agent, Belinda Wright, said he died in a hospital in his hometown of Scotland on Friday, but did not immediately provide details.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who decades ago said Coltrane would be the first choice to play Hagrid, said Friday that he's an "incredible talent, an absolute one-of-a-kind."
"I was very fortunate to have known him and worked with him," she wrote. Coltrane began his acting career in his early twenties, renaming himself after jazz musician John Coltrane.
He already had his career with prominent screens when he went independent as a die-hard detective in his 1990s television series, Cracker.
He won Best Actor at the British Academy Television Awards for the third year in a row. He appeared in all eight Harry Potter films as a mentor to young wizards.
Most recently, in the 2016 mini-his series National Treasures, the popular TV star who may have a dark secret is his pocket. It received rave reviews for its star role.