Robbie Coltrane

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Robbie Coltrane

Coltrane in 2007
Anthony Robert McMillan

(1950-03-30)30 March 1950
Rutherglen, Scotland
Died14 October 2022(2022-10-14) (aged 72)
Larbert, Scotland
Cause of deathMultiple organ failure
OccupationActor, author, comedian
Years active1978–2022
Rhona Gemmell
(m. 1999; div. 2003)

Anthony Robert McMillan OBE (30 March 1950 – 14 October 2022), known professionally as Robbie Coltrane, was a Scottish actor, author and comedian. He is known both for his role as Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald in the British television series Cracker[1] during the 1990s and as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies.

Life and career[change | change source]

Life[change | change source]

Coltrane was born on 30 March 1950 in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire.[2][3][4] He lived in Killearn Stirlingshire. He had a son named Spencer and a daughter named Alice.

Coltrane had osteoarthritis in later life. He said he was in "constant pain all day" in 2016.[5] On 14 October 2022, Coltrane died at a hospital in Larbert, Scotland, at the age of 72.[6][7][8] The cause of death was multiple organ failure caused by sepsis, a respiratory tract infection, and heart block. He had also been diagnosed with obesity and Type 2 diabetes.[9]

Career[change | change source]

Coltrane began his acting career in his early twenties. He took the stage name Coltrane in tribute to jazz saxophonist John Coltrane.[10] In 2006, Robbie received an OBE for his services to drama.

Filmography and awards[change | change source]

Year Movie Role Notes and awards
1980 Flash Gordon Man at air field
1982 Britannia Hospital Striking worker on picket line Cameo non-speaking role
1983 Ghost Dance George
Krull Rhun
1985 National Lampoon's European Vacation Man in bathroom
The Supergrass Det. Sgt. Troy
1986 Caravaggio Scipio
1986 Mona Lisa Thomas
1987 Eat the Rich Jeremy
1988 The Fruit Machine Annabelle
1989 Henry V Falstaff
Bert Rigby, You're a Fool Sid Temple
Let It Ride Ticket Seller
Danny, the Champion of the World Victor Hazell
Slipstream Montclaire
1990 Midnight Breaks Fat
Nuns on the Run Charlie McManus/Sister Inviolata
Perfectly Normal Alonzo Turner
1991 The Pope Must Die The Pope
Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole Steffano Baccardi
1992 Oh, What a Night Todd Nominated - Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
1993 Boswell & Johnson's Tour of the Western Isles Dr. Samuel Johnson
The Adventures of Huck Finn Duke
1995 GoldenEye Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky
1997 Buddy Dr. Bill Lintz
1998 Frogs for Snakes Al
Montana The Boss
1999 The World Is Not Enough Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky
Message in a Bottle Charlie Toschi
2001 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Rubeus Hagrid Sorcerer's Stone in US
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
On the Nose Delaney
From Hell Sergeant Peter Godley
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Rubeus Hagrid Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
2004 Ocean's Twelve Matsui
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Rubeus Hagrid
Van Helsing: The London Assignment Mr. Hyde Voice
Van Helsing Mr. Hyde Voice
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Rubeus Hagrid
2006 Stormbreaker Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Provoked Lord Edward Foster
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Rubeus Hagrid
2008 The Tale of Despereaux Gregory Voice
The Brothers Bloom The Curator
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Rubeus Hagrid
Gooby Gooby Voice
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Rubeus Hagrid
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Rubeus Hagrid
2012 Brave Lord Dingwall Voice
Year Title Role Notes an Awards
1983 Are You Being Served Dynamite Truck Driver on CB Radio Mrs. Slocombe causes a crash
1987 Blackadder the Third Samuel Johnson
Tutti Frutti Danny McGlone Nominated - British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
1988 Blackadder's Christmas Carol The Spirit of Christmas
1990 Danny Champion of the World Victor Hazell
1993–2007 Cracker Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald Three British Academy Television Awards for Best Actor (1994, 1995 and 1996)
Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor
Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor - Male
Nominated - CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
For episode "Brotherly Love" (parts I, II and III).
1998 The Ebb-Tide Capt. Chisholm
1999 Alice in Wonderland Ned Tweedledum
2001 Thomas and Friends Toad the Great Western Brakevan Voice
2003 Comic Relief: The Big Hair Do Hagrid
The Planman Jack Lennox QC
2004 Pride James
Frasier Michael Moon Series Finalé: Part 1
2005 Still Game Davie Season 4 Episode 3: Dial-A-Bus
2006 Cracker: Nine Eleven Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald
2009 Murderland D.I. Douglas Hain
The Gruffalo The Gruffalo TV film (Children's), voice
2010 Robbie Coltrane - B Road Britain TV Documentary
2011 Lead Balloon Donald Series 4 Episode 4: "Off"
Series 4 Episode 5: "Blade"
Series 4 Episode 6: "End"
50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments Himself Narrator
The Gruffalo Child[11] The Gruffalo TV film (Children's), voice

References[change | change source]

  1. "Dr Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
  2. "Robbie Coltrane Biography (1950-)". Retrieved 2011-08-15.
  3. "Robbie Coltrane's magical career". BBC News. 31 December 2005.
  4. "Robbie Coltrane Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved 2011-08-15.
  5. Adejobi, Alicia (14 May 2019). "Harry Potter's Robbie Coltrane left in wheelchair after crippling battle with osteoarthritis leaves him in excruciating pain". Metro. Archived from the original on 21 July 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  6. "Actor Robbie Coltrane dies aged 72". BBC. 14 October 2022. Archived from the original on 14 October 2022. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  7. Wiseman, Andreas; Bamigboye, Baz; Goldbart, Max (14 October 2022). "Robbie Coltrane Dies: 'Harry Potter', James Bond & 'Cracker' Star Was 72". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 14 October 2022. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  8. "Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane dies at 72". Onmanorama. 14 October 2022. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  9. Tinoco, Armando (October 22, 2022). "Robbie Coltrane Cause Of Death Revealed A Week After The Loss Of 'Harry Potter' Star". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 23, 2022.
  10. "Scotland on Sunday". Retrieved 2011-08-15.
  11. "The Gruffalo's Child". BBC One. Retrieved 2011-12-10.