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Actor Robbie Coltrane, Harry Potter’s Hagrid, dies aged 72

Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, who played a crime-solving psychologist in the TV series Cracker and the half-giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, has died. He was 72.

Coltrane’s agent Belinda Wright said he died Friday in a hospital in Scotland. She gave no cause.

Robbie Coltrane rose to fame as a hard-hitting detective on 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, a mentor to the young wizard Harry Potter, in all eight Harry Potter films, released between 2001 and 2011.

Other roles include a Russian crime boss in the James Bond thrillers Golden Eye and The World is Not Enough.

Robbie Coltrane received critical acclaim for playing a much-loved TV star who may be harboring a dark secret in the 2016 miniseries National Treasure.

Belinda Wright said that “not only was he a great actor, but also forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I will miss him.”

Wright said Robbie Coltrane is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his ex-wife Rhona Gemmell and his children Spencer and Alice.



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