Robbie Coltrane, actor Hagrid in ‘Harry Potter’, dies aged 72 – National

Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, who plays a crime-solving psychologist on the TV series Cracker and the beloved half-giant Hagrid in Harry Potter movie, dead.

He is 72 years old.

Coltrane’s agent, Belinda Wright, said he died Friday at a hospital in Scotland. She did not provide a cause.

Coltrane is best known for playing the tough detective in the 1990s series Crackerhe won Best Actor in a Leading Role at the British Academy Television Awards for three consecutive years.

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He plays the gentle half-giant Hagrid, a mentor to the wizard boy, in all eight Harry Potter film, released from 2001 to 2011.

Other roles include the Russian crime boss in the James Bond thriller Yellow eyes and The world is not enough.

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Coltrane has received critical acclaim for playing a beloved TV star who may harbor a dark secret in the 2016 miniseries. National Treasure.

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Wright said that “aside from being a great actor, he’s really smart, has a great wit, and after 40 years of being proud to be called my agent, I’ll miss him.”

Celebrities took to social media to offer their condolences. Potter star Daniel Radcliffe released a statement about Coltrane’s departure:

“Robbie is one of the funniest people I have ever met and often made us laugh nonstop as kids on set,” it wrote. “I especially like the memories of him keeping us spirits up in ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban,’ when we all hid from the torrential rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut and he was telling stories and joking around. to keep spirits up. I feel extremely fortunate to have met and worked with him and am deeply saddened that he has passed away. He is an incredible actor and a lovely man. “

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Wright said Coltrane is survived by his sister Annie Rae, ex-wife Rhona Gemmell and his children Spencer and Alice.

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