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Robbie Coltrane, Scottish actor and ‘Harry Potter’ Hagrid, dies at 72 – GNT NEWS

Robbie Coltrane, the baby-faced comedian and character actor whose hundreds of roles include the crime-solving psychologist in the TV series “Cracker” and the gentle half-giant Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” movies, has died. He was 72 years old.

Coltrane’s agent, Belinda Wright, said he died Friday at a hospital in his native Scotland, but did not immediately release other details. She called him “forensically intelligent” and “brilliantly witty” in just one of many tributes bestowed upon him.

“Harry Potter” author JK Rowling, who decades ago said Coltrane was her first choice to play Hagrid, tweeted Friday that he was “an incredible talent, one of a kind.”

“I was incredibly lucky to know him, work with him and laugh my head off with him,” she wrote.

Born Anthony Robert McMillan in Rutherglen, Scotland, Coltrane was in his early twenties when he began his acting career and renamed himself in honor of jazz musician John Coltrane.

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He already had a notable screen career, with credits including “Mona Lisa,” “Nuns on the Run” and Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of “Henry V” when he broke into his own as a hard-nosed detective in “Cracker,” the 1990s TV series for which won the award for best actor at the British Academy Television Awards three years in a row.

He went on to appear in all eight “Harry Potter” films as the young wizard’s mentor and had a wide variety of other roles, including a Russian crime boss in the James Bond thrillers “Golden Eye” and “The World Is Not Enough” and Pip’s guardian Mr. Jaggers in the 2012 adaptation of Dickens’ Great Expectations. He recently received rave reviews for playing a beloved TV star who may be hiding a dark secret in the 2016 miniseries National Treasure.

On Friday, his “Nuns on the Run” co-star Eric Idle tweeted that he was talking about Coltrane, “wondering where he was,” when he learned of his death.

“Such a bright and brilliant man. A superb actor, an extremely funny comedian and an amazing actor. He was also a very good friend,” Idle wrote.

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

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