Robbie Coltrane, a renowned Scottish actor, best known for portraying the role of our beloved Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” film series, passed away on Friday. According to the reports by BBC news, the agent of the actor stated that Coltrane has been ill recently and took his last breath at a hospital near Falkirk in Scotland.
In addition to calling Coltrane a “special talent,” his agent said that his portrayal of Hagrid “gave delight to children and adults alike all around the world.”
Our favorite Hagrid was 72 when he died. She further requests respect for the privacy of his family during this difficult time.
Coltrane developed his comedy abilities on the theater stage before becoming famous all around the world for his role as the bearded Hagrid. He co-starred in the 1980s sketch comedy show “Alfresco” with actors Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, and Hugh Laurie.
Stephen Fry also used Twitter to post about the demise of his old friend. He said, “I met Robbie Coltrane for the first time approximately 40 years ago. I simultaneously experienced amazement, dread, and love. We made our first TV show, “Alfresco,” with such depth, power, and talent that it caused helpless hiccups and honking. “Goodbye, old man. You will be missed badly.”
I first met Robbie Coltrane almost exactly 40 years ago. I was awe/terror/love struck all at the same time. Such depth, power & talent: funny enough to cause helpless hiccups & honking as we made our first TV show, “Alfresco”. Farewell, old fellow. You’ll be so dreadfully missed
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) October 14, 2022
The “Harry Potter” movie series released a statement saying, “We are enormously heartbroken to learn of the passing of the brilliant Robbie Coltrane who played Hagrid with such warmth, heart, and humor in the Harry Potter films.” He was a great performer and a friend to everyone. He will be dearly missed.
Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter in all seven films in the series, remembers all the times he spent with Coltrane with fondness. Coltrane was known for keeping things lighthearted even when it was pitch-black outside.
Radcliffe stated in a statement, “Robbie was one of the funniest individuals I’ve known and used to keep us laughing continuously as kids on the set.” He added, “I consider myself tremendously fortunate to have met and worked with him, and I’m devastated by his passing. He was a kind man and a fantastic actor.”
Emma Watson, who played the role of Hermione, said, “Robbie, I vow I’ll do it in your honor and memory if I ever get to be so wonderful as you were to me on a film set.” On Instagram, she paid respect to Coltrane, writing that he “made it a delight to be Hermione” and that there was “no better Hagrid.”
I will sincerely miss your kindness, your nicknames, your warmth, your laughter, and your embraces.
Coltrane was referred to as “a complete one-off” and “a tremendous talent” by Harry Potter author JK Rowling in a tweet.
I'll never know anyone remotely like Robbie again. He was an incredible talent, a complete one off, and I was beyond fortunate to know him, work with him and laugh my head off with him. I send my love and deepest condolences to his family, above all his children. pic.twitter.com/tzpln8hD9z
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 14, 2022
The cause of John Coltrane’s passing wasn’t made public right away, but his agent Belinda Wright expressed gratitude to the hospital’s staff for all the care. Further stated that “He will be remembered by me personally as a persistently committed customer. In addition to being a fantastic actor, he was also brilliantly humorous and meticulously bright. I will miss him dearly after being honored to be his agent for 40 years.