Robbie Coltrane, the Scottish actor who played Rubeus Hagrid in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise, passed away this Friday. Read on to know how did Robbie Coltrane die, what happened to him, and what was the cause of his death.
Coltrane also appeared in the British crime drama “Cracker” which aired on ITV and appeared in James Bond films including “Goldeneye” and “The World Is Not Enough.” Tributes are flooding ever since the news of Robbie Coltrane’s death emerged on the web.
How did Robbie Coltrane die?
Robbie Coltrane, real name Anthony Robert McMillan, died on Friday, October 14, 2022, at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert. He passed away surrounded by his family members after struggling with his health for the last few days.
Coltrane’s longtime agent Belinda Wright announced and confirmed the heartbreaking news of Robbie’s death in the hospital near Falkirk in Scotland. She described Coltrane as a “unique talent” and stated his role as Hagrid “brought joy to children and adults alike all over the world.”
“For me personally I shall remember him as an abidingly loyal client. 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 shall miss him,” said Wright.
Robbie Coltrane dead at 72: What was his cause of death?
The exact cause of Robbie Coltrane’s death is unannounced at the moment. He died in the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, near Falkirk, Scotland. His agent Belinda Wright didn’t mention the cause of Robbie Coltrane’s death.
Netizens are speculating that Coltrane died of natural causes. He was 72 years old. His condition had been deteriorating over the past couple of months. Recently, he was admitted to the hospital where he took his last breath this Friday.
Coltrane also suffered from Osteoarthritis. However, it isn’t a fatal condition that could’ve been the cause of his death.
Robbie Coltrane Early Life and Acting Career
Born as Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, Scotland, Robbie Coltrane was the son of Jean Ross Howie, a teacher and pianist, and Ian Baxter McMillan, a general practitioner and forensic police surgeon.
Coltrane received his education at Glenalmond College and then went to the Glasgow School of Art. He initially pursued painting but later switched to live performance and acting due to having doubts about his abilities. He took the pseudonym as a home to jazz musician John Coltrane.
Waterloo Sunset was Robbie Coltrane’s first screen credit which rolled out in 1979. He played opposite Queenie Watt’s care-home escapee. He also had a number of appearances in films and TV shows after that including Flash Gordon, Are You Being Served?, Krull, and Britannia Hospital.
By this time, Coltrane’s comedy skills were at their peak and he found success in the early 1980s in TV sketch shows like Alfresco and A Kick Up the Eighties. In 1987, he starred in Tutti Frutti which was a Bafta-winning TV series about a washed-up Scottish band.
Robbie Coltrane will be forever remembered as Harry Potter’s “Rubeus Hagrid”
The movie series for which Robbie Coltrane will truly be remembered is JK Rowling’s mega-hit magical thriller Harry Potter. He first appeared in the movie 2001’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as “Rubeus Hagrid.”
He played the role of a half-giant and half-human who is the gamekeeper and Keeper of Keys and Grounds of Hogwarts. This gained him a new audience of younger fans and his career got rejuvenated. Coltrane remained an integral part of the series till 2011.
Coltrane’s other breakout role was playing Dr. Edward “Fitz” Fitzgerald in Jimmy McGovern’s Cracker series. This role as an anti-social criminal psychologist helped him win three consecutive BAFTA best television actor awards.
He also played Valentin Zukosvky in GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough. No one is going to forget these appearances ever.
Coltrane also wrote an autobiography titled “Coltrane in a Cadillac.” He then went on to star in the TV series of the same name in 1993.
Robbie Coltrane Net Worth: How Rich was he?
Robbie Coltrane had an estimated net worth of $4 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. He amassed most of his fortunes from his many projects throughout his prolific career that spanned 43 years.
Reportedly, he also had invested the money in a number of businesses, properties, and stocks recently that helped him get even richer.
Robbie Coltrane Obituary: Funeral Arrangements and Survivors
The funeral arrangements for Robbie Coltrane are pending at this time. We are waiting for Robbie Coltrane’s obituary to release at this time. We’ll update this section when more information is released.
Tributes have emerged for the late actor led by Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe and writer JK Rowling. Thousands of fans have joined them remembering their beloved “Hagrid.”
Robbie Coltrane is survived by his children Spencer and Alice, their mother Rhona Gemmel, and his sister Annie Rae.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to them. May God let the departed soul rest in peace.