London — The baby-faced comedian and character actor Robbie Coltrane has passed away. Among his many roles were the kind-hearted half-giant Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” films and a psychologist who solves crimes on the TV show “Cracker.” He was 72.
Coltrane passed away on Friday in a hospital in his native Scotland, according to his agent Belinda Wright, who did not immediately provide any other information. She praised him in a number of ways, calling him “forensically clever” and “brilliantly humorous” among others.
J.K. Rowling, who had previously stated Coltrane was her top pick to play Hagrid in “Harry Potter,” tweeted on Friday that he was “a fantastic talent, a complete one-off.”
I was incredibly lucky to work with him, get to know him, and laugh uncontrollably with him, she wrote.
Coltrane changed his name to John Coltrane in honor of jazz artist John Coltrane while he was in his early 20s. Coltrane was born Anthony Robert McMillan in Rutherglen, Scotland.
When he made his breakthrough as a tough detective in “Cracker,” the 1990s TV series for which he won the best actor at the British Academy Television Awards three times, he already had a distinguished screen career, with credits that included “Mona Lisa,” “Nuns on the Run,” and Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of “Henry V.”