LONDON: Robbie Coltrane, the larger-than-life Scottish actor who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, died on Friday at the age of 72, his agent said.
Coltrane s more than four-decade-long career ranged from roles in the James Bond films “GoldenEye” and “The World Is Not Enough”, to the lead in the 1990s British TV series “Cracker”, as criminal psychologist Dr. Edward Fitz Fitzgerald.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling led the tributes on Twitter, writing: “I ll never know anyone remotely like Robbie again.
“He was an incredible talent, a complete one off, and I was beyond fortunate to know him, work with him and laugh my head off with him. I send my love and deepest condolences to his family, above all his children.”
Coltrane s agent Belinda Wright called him a “unique talent” and said he had brought joy to children across the world playing the boy wizard s giant, monster-loving friend.
“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,” she said in a statement.