Robbie Coltrane, a beloved actor best known for playing Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, has passed away at the age of 72. Despite having a long list of credits, it wasn’t always a given that the well-known comic and character actor would ever appear on television.
Robbie had a great career, but tragically, he had health issues in his later years.
Let’s examine the Scottish actor’s life in more detail.
As in any profession, improving one’s abilities and achieving success are constant goals. Actors are no exception, which is not unexpected. Success, of course, can take many various shapes.
Success for some people means appearing in some of the biggest, most expensive productions, while it can mean working with a particular director for others. Others may just want to make as much money as they can, while some may desire to play a specific role.
The most important things in life for Robbie Coltrane were enjoyment and inspiration. Evidently, the Scottish actor had no intention of acting in the first place.
Coltrane’s career continued beyond the Harry Potter movies, earning him a number of additional credits. Sadly, he struggled with health problems in his final years.
Robbie struggled from osteoarthritis, and the agony in his knees forced him to use a wheelchair.
Coltrane admitted that he was essentially crippled and “constantly in pain” before he passed away. In a 2016 interview with the Daily Star, the actor claimed that osteoarthritis had affected his mobility. Four years later, in a 2016 interview with the Express, Coltrane said that he was “fighting pain 24 hours a day.”
Obesity, diabetes, heredity, and advanced age are among risk factors for osteoarthritis even though doctors and scientists are unsure of what causes it.
Simple symptoms like pain in the hands, knees, neck, or lower back can be the first signs of osteoarthritis. But when the condition worsens, it can cause edoema, decreased mobility, and altered bone structure.
On October 14, Robbie passed away at the age of 72. In addition to the many tributes from his adored Harry Potter co-stars, his friends and family also shared their affection for the actor and father.
“Robbie used to keep us laughing nonstop as kids on the set and was one of the funniest individuals I’ve ever met. In a statement, Daniel Radcliffe stated, “I had particularly vivid recollections of him keeping our spirits up on Prisoner of Azkaban when we were all hiding from the relentless rain for hours in Hagrid’s hut and he was telling stories and cracking jokes to keep morale up.
I consider myself tremendously fortunate to have known him and worked with him, and I’m devastated by his passing. He was an incredible actor and a lovely man.”
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling also shared her thoughts on Robbie Coltrane, saying that she’ll never know anyone like Robbie again.
He had a very unique talent, and I consider myself incredibly lucky to have known him, worked with him, and laughed uncontrollably with him. My heartfelt condolences and affection go out to his family, especially his children.
Robbie Coltrane’s excellent portrayal of Hagrid in Harry Potter will live on in infamy.