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BBC: Actor Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in Harry Potter series, dies at 72

Robbie Coltrane, as the character Hagrid, appears along side actors Jim Broadbent and Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." (Warner Bros. via IMdB)

The Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane has died at age 72.

According to BBC News, the actor’s death was confirmed by his agent, who said he died in a hospital near Falkirk in Scotland. No cause of death was immediately released.

Perhaps most known in America for his portrayal as the lovable giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter series, Coltrane was for years a popular character actor in the U.K., appearing on the detective drama “Cracker” and two James Bond films, “Goldeneye” and “The World Is Not Enough.”

“He is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice and their mother Rhona Gemmell. They would like to thank the medical staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert for their care and diplomacy,” his agent Belinda Wright told the BBC.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Coltrane was born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Glasgow, Scotland. He was the son of a doctor and a teacher, who graduated from Glasgow Art School and went on to study at Moray House College of Education in Edinburgh, said the publication.

Coltrane first made his mark as a stand-up comedian, and eventually changed his last name to Coltrane, after the legendary jazz musician John Coltrane.