Robbie Coltrane, who portrayed Rubeus Hagrid, in the Harry Potter series, died on 14 October. The news of Robbie Coltrane’s demise was confirmed by Robbie’s agent Belinda Wright. Belinda described Robbie Coltrane as a unique talent and that his role as Hagrid in Harry potter brought joy to children as well as adults all around the world. She added that she will remember Robbie as an abidingly loyal client and a wonderful actor. Belinda Wright told in her statement that Robbie was forensically intelligent and brilliantly witty and after 40 years she is proud to be called his agent and shall miss him.
According to Belinda Wright, Robbie was survived by his ex-wife Rhona Gemmell, kids Spencer and Alice, and his sister Annie Rae. Coltrane’s whole family thanked the medical staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for their care and diplomacy through the statement and asked to respect the family’s privacy in this distressing time.
Robbie Coltrane was suffering from osteoarthritis, a type of degenerative joint disease that results from the breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone. Coltrane was ill in his last years of life and died in Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Scotland.
In one of his interviews in 2016, he told that due to osteoarthritis he suffers immense pain in his joints all day and from 2019 onwards Robbie employed a wheelchair.
Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid
Robbie Coltrane was a Scottish actor and comedian. He has portrayed many memorable characters in his carrier Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in the James Bond films GoldenEye in 1995 and The World Is Not Enough in 1999 and many more, but he is mostly known for his character as Rubeus Hagrid in Harry Potter series.
Hagrid was one of the most loved characters in the Harry Potter movies. His affection and love towards his students and care for his unique creature were perfectly portrayed by Robbie Coltrane. Not only us but also the cast of Harry Potter themselves loved Hagrid’s character and are in total grief with Robbie’s death.
The cast of Harry Potter expressed their grief in this demise
In a statement with Deadline Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who played the character of Harry Potter in Harry Potter movies said that Robbie was one of the funniest people he had met and Robbie used to keep them laughing constantly as kids on the set. Daniel recalled the fond memories of Robbie keeping the kids’ spirits up on Prisoner of Azkaban when they were all hiding from the torrential rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut and Robbie was telling stories and cracking jokes to keep morale up. Daniel said that he feels incredibly lucky that he got to meet and work with Robbie and is very sad that he’s passed. He was a lovely man and an incredible actor.
J.K Rowling also penned down his tribute to Robbie through Twitter. She called Robbie an incredible talent and a complete one-off and she felt fortunate to know him and work with him. “I send my love and deepest condolences to his family, above all his children,” said J.K.Rowling in her Tweet.
Emma Watson, Tom Felton, and Bonnie Wright who portrayed the characters of Hermoine, Malfoy, and Ginny Weasley respectively, also paid their tribute to the late actor Robbie Coltrane.
Anthony Robert McMillan was born on 30 March 1950 in Rutherglen, Scotland. Robbie Coltrane married Rhona Gemmell on 11 December 1999 and has two children Spencer and Alice. Coltrane and Rhona got separated in 2003 and later got divorced.
Robbie Coltrane got many recognition and awards for his performances and he was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2006 New Year Honours for his services to dramas in his career.