Veteran comedian and actor Robbie Coltrane, who is best known for his roles in the Harry Potter film series has died at 72. Belinda Wright, Coltrane’s representative said that he had a rare talent and an abidingly devoted client.
After 40 years of being happy to call himself Coltrane’s agent, Wright said, “I shall miss him. As well as being a fantastic actor, he has forensically bright and wonderfully humorous.”
During his remarkable career on both sides of the Atlantic, the brash and somewhat quirky Scotsman got his start in comedy. Coltrane was born to a medical doctor and a schoolteacher on March 30, 1950, in Glasgow, Scotland. He attended Edinburgh’s Moray House College of Education to pursue art education. However, now Robbie Coltrane has died at the age of 72.
While in Edinburgh, Coltrane tried his hand at painting but ultimately turned to stand-up comedy. He decided to pursue acting in London and he changed his surname to Coltrane in homage to the late jazz great.
Coltrane’s earliest television roles were in episodes of Flash Gordon, Blackadder and Keep It in the Family. He became a regular on British television and has credited with several comedy programs.
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