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Harry Potter Legend Robbie Coltrane, Best Known For Playing Hagrid Passes Away at 72

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What comes as one of the most shocking news of the day is the death of one of our favorite childhood heroes. Robbie Coltrane, whom we all most vividly remember for playing the role of the friendly and softhearted Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter movie franchise has passed away at the age of 72.

This has truly hit the Harry Potter fanbase this fine evening with some depressing news, and we couldn’t be any more gloomy about it. The late actor was truly a gem of the acting industry having starred in numerous TV shows and movies like the Bond movies as well as the popular British TV series Cracker. Follow us as we document his career up to his sudden passing.

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Robbie Coltrane

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It’s No Doubt That Robbie Coltrane Had A Memorable Acting Career

While he’s popularly known as Robbie Coltrane, the GoldenEye actor was born with the most Scottish name ever- Anthony Robert McMillan. While growing up, one of Coltrane’s many interests during his early years would be playing rugby for his college team as well as being an active member of its debating society.

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Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid

Young McMillan would make his first foray into the field of acting only at the beginning of his twenties, taking up the stage name of Coltrane as he worked to diversify his acting CV in theater and comedy.

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He is also notable to have starred alongside future star actors like Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson in the 1984 sketch series Alfresco, a show that would kickstart his career as an actor. He won his first accolade as an actor by winning three BAFTA awards for his role as Fitz in the British crime drama series Cracker.

This earned him a spot in one of the most popular movie franchises of all time – James Bond. He was cast in the role of Russian gangster Valentin Zukovsky in GoldenEye and subsequently reprised his character in The World Is Not Enough, quite the milestone!

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Robbie Coltrane as Valentin Zukovsky

But what really made him a forever pop-culture icon was his appearance as Rubeus Hagrid in the live-action adaptation of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. In fact, he was at the top of the list of actors that Rowling herself wanted to play the Keeper of Keys and Grounds of Hogwarts!

However, Coltrane’s acting career after the Harry Potter franchise didn’t see the actor play in too many movies, having only worked in three movies after the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. 

But he had nothing to prove to anyone, he was already an acting legend by that point.

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Fans Distraught Over Robbie Coltrane’s Sudden Demise

It’s no doubt that a character as lively as Rubeus Hagrid was loved by many, let alone fans of the Harry Potter franchise.

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Robbie Coltrane

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When one of your favorite childhood heroes passes away, especially ones who always came on repeated screenings on your favorite TV channels, you get this sad feeling about their death even if you don’t know them personally.

Robbie Coltrane’s Hagrid was loved by many, and Twitter is in tears about the sudden news-

Forever and ever-

We couldn’t agree more!-

We all loved him dearly-

A day of mourning-

Robbie Coltrane will be an actor to remember for the ages, his contributions to the movie industry has been immense, and our love for the actor knows no bounds. Rest in Peace legend!

Source: Twitter

Written by Sang Tonsing

Sang is a content writer for Fandomwire with over 300 published articles. He now has 3 years of experience and counting in content writing. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at Delhi University.