Upon hearing the sad news that acting legend Robbie Coltrane has died, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on his sensational career.
Most of us will remember Coltrane as the friendly Hagrid in the iconic Harry Potter series of films, but a quick glance at his career proves the actor was so much more than that.
Born in 1950 in Rutherglen, Scotland, Coltrane began his career in the 1970s and adopted his stage name, Coltrane, as a tribute to the legendary jazz musician John. After years of cultivating his craft on stage, he moved into the world of motion pictures and landed roles in Flash Gordon, Death Watch, and the James Bond films GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough.
Bond And Harry Potter
The Bond films put Coltrane firmly into the limelight and enabled him to land his most famous character, Hagrid, a few years later. Cast because JK Rowling considered him perfect for the character’s ‘gentle giant’ persona, Hagrid quickly became a beloved character and mainstay of the franchise.
Robbie Coltrane cemented his legacy as a screen legend years ago and he’ll surely live on through his enduring work, but his death stings nonetheless.
The actor’s long career was full of peaks and troughs. A series of comedy films early on in his career failed, whilst Coltrane himself was open with his personal struggles.
End Of An Era
Us Brits have had to put up with our fair share of loss this year. Dennis Waterman’s death left me upset, Shane Warne’s left me trembling, and of course the passing of Her Majesty The Queen almost ruined my entire life.
It almost feels like the end of an era is upon us as many of the great sportspeople, entertainers, and Royal overlords from the past have recently departed from this life. It’s a somber reminder that, though I’ll be remembered for centuries to come, life can pass us by very quickly if we’re not careful.
Robbie Coltrane reflected on his cinematic immortality in an interview, famously stating: ‘’"The legacy of the movies is that my children's generation will show them to their children’’, before adding: "So you could be watching it in 50 years time, easy. I'll not be here, sadly. But Hagrid will, yes."
Another British legend has entered the annals of history. I’m sure I’ll join them one day, but in the meantime I’m going to reflect on Coltrane’s stellar career and remember all the good times he’s given us over the years.
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