Hollywood Bids Farewell to “Harry Potter” Actor Robbie Coltrane

Robbie Coltrane at the New York Premiere of
Robbie Coltrane at the New York Premiere of "Great Expectations" in 2013. Photo by Mediapunch/Shutterstock (3333306q)

Robbie Coltrane, the British actor best known for playing Hagrid in the Harry Potter series, passed away at age of 72. The larger-than-life performer leaves an amazing legacy behind, and many of his fans and co-stars took to social media to honor the late actor.

Coltrane’s agent confirmed his passing at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Scotland on October 14. She asked the public to respect Coltrane’s family’s privacy at this distressing time.

Following the news, many of Coltrane’s co-stars came forward to pay tribute to the late actor, including Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, and Harry Potter himself—Daniel Radcliffe.

“Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve met and used to keep us laughing constantly as kids on the set… I feel incredibly lucky that I got to meet and work with him and very sad that he’s passed. He was an incredible actor and a lovely man,” said Radcliffe in a statement.

Coltrane is best known for playing Hogwarts gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies, but his career spanned decades before this franchise came around. He received several BAFTA TV Awards for his role in the crime drama Cracker and played Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in James Bond movies.