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Harry Potter’s Hagrid passes away at 72

Entertainment NewsHarry Potter's Hagrid passes away at 72

Actor Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, has died at 72, The Hollywood Reporter reported.

Robbie Coltrane, was one of Britain’s most popular comedians who played in two James Bond films and in the “Harry Potter” franchise.

Veteran actor Robbie Coltrane played Hagrid, the half-giant and a dear friend to the troublesome trio — Harry, Hermione and Ron — in the “Harry Potter” films.

Coltrane was born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, a suburb of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. His mother, Jean Ross (Howie), was a teacher and pianist. His father, Ian Baxter McMillan, was a general surgeon who also worked for police pathology. Young Robbie was fond of art, music, films and cars. He was a voracious reader of his dad’s books on medicine and crime. At age 12 he made his acting debut on stage at Glenalmond College, delivering rants from “Henry V”. At that time he was fascinated with Marlon Brando and Orson Welles.

He attended Glasgow Art School, majoring in drawing, painting and film, then studied art at Edinburgh’s Moray House College of Education for a year. In 1973 he made a documentary titled “Young Mental Health”, which was voted Film Of The Year by the Scottish Education Council. At that time Robbie took the name Coltrane, due to his love of jazz, and began a career of a stand-up comedian at night clubs, at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as an actor with Edinburgh’s renowned Traverse Theatre.

(With inputs from IMDb)

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