Robbie Coltrane rose to fame in the UK because to small roles in movies like Henry V and Mona Lisa. Coltrane is still active in the film industry and has found enormous success in family movies like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Harry Potter series, where he played the kind-hearted gamekeeper Hagrid the Giant.
Early Life and Career
Robbie Coltrane, a notable humorous actor, was born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. He became famous for his roles in the Harry Potter film series and the classic British television series Cracker. The doctor’s and teacher’s son began performing while attending Glenalmond College. Coltrane enjoyed acting but made the decision to pursue his true calling in the arts. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art, where his primary areas of emphasis were painting and drawing.
After finishing his education, Coltrane first focused on improvised stand-up. His last name was chosen as a nod to jazz great John Coltrane, and he adopted the stage name “Robbie Coltrane.” Later, the bulky actor expanded into acting. He rose to fame because to the television programs Tutti Frutti and Alfresco. Also, he appeared in cameo roles in movies like Henry V and Mona Lisa (1986). (1989).
Movies and TV Shows
In 1990’s comedy Nuns on the Run, Coltrane co-starred with Monty Python alum Eric Idle before moving on to greater film roles. The Pope Must Die, a comedy in which Coltrane played a faulty priest who ultimately became pope, brought him into the spotlight the following year. But, the film’s original title sparked such a backlash that it was later retitled The Pontiff Must Diet.
Coltrane starred as the main character in the well-liked British crime drama Cracker in the middle of the 1990s. As Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald, a skilled forensic psychologist with a lavish lifestyle, he played the lead role. Later, the program was broadcast on American television, and Coltrane’s performance was recognized with a CableACE Award. Coltrane has appeared with Pierce Brosnan in two James Bond movies: 1995’s GoldenEye and 1999’s The World Is Not Enough.
In the first movie in the Harry Potter series, released in 2001, Coltrane debuted as the friendly gameskeeper Rubeus Hagrid. Throughout the whole Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) series, his larger-than-life figure acted as the titular character’s buddy and ally. The popular animated movie Brave used Coltrane’s voice the next year.
Robbie Coltrane died on October 14, 2022. He was 72.
Coltrane was married to Rhona Gemmell, with whom he had two children: Alice and Spencer.