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

Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, who played the crime-solving psychologist in the TV series “Cracker” and the mad giant Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” movies, has died. He was 72 years old.

Coltrane’s agent, Belinda Wright, said he died Friday in a hospital in Scotland. She didn’t give a reason.

Coltrane rose to fame as a hard-nosed detective in the 1990s series “Cracker,” for which he won best actor at the British Academy Television Awards three years in a row.

He played the gentle half-giant Hagrid, mentor to the boy wizard, in all eight Harry Potter films, released between 2001 and 2011.

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Other roles include a Russian crime boss in the James Bond thrillers Goldeneye and The World Is Not Enough.

Coltrane received rave reviews for playing a beloved TV star who may be hiding a dark secret in the 2016 miniseries National Treasure.

Wright said that “as well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I will miss him”.

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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