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He also played a would-be private detective obsessed with Humphrey Bogart in the TV play The Bogie Man. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, had Coltrane at the top of her list to play Hagrid and when asked who she would like to see in the role responded 'Robbie Coltrane for Hagrid' in one quick breath.His roles went from strength to strength in the 1990s with the TV series Cracker (1993-1996, returning in 2006 for a one-off special; in which he starred as detective Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald) and a BAFTA award as the stepping stone to parts in bigger films, such as the James Bond films Golden Eye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough (1999), a major supporting role in From Hell (2001), as well as half-giant Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films (2001-2011). Coltrane has also presented a number of popular documentary programmes for the British ITV network based around his twin passions for travel and transportation.Coltrane in a Cadillac (1993) saw him cross North America from Los Angeles to New York behind the wheel of a 1951 Cadillac Series 62 coupe convertible, a journey of 3,765 miles (6,059 km) which he completed in 32 days.Date of birth : 1950-03-30 Date of death : - Birthplace : Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Scotland Nationality : Scottish Category : Arts and Entertainment Last modified : 2011-07-18 Credited as : Actor, Harry Potter film series, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows is a Scottish actor, comedian and author.He is known both for his role as Dr Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald in the British TV series Cracker and as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.Coltrane was born Anthony Robert Mc Millan in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, the son of Jean Mc Millan Ross (née Howie), a teacher and pianist, and Ian Baxter Mc Millan, a general practitioner who also served as a forensic police surgeon.He has an older sister, Annie, and a late younger sister, Jane.
From Glenalmond, Coltrane went on to Glasgow School of Art, where he was ridiculed for "having an accent like Prince Charles" (which he quickly disposed of, though not before gaining the nickname "Lord Fauntleroy") and then the Moray House College Of Education in Edinburgh.Coltrane later called for public schools to be banned and used to be known as "Red Robbie",rebelling against his conservative upbringing through involvement with Amnesty International, Greenpeace, the Labour Party and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.Coltrane moved into acting in his early twenties, taking the stage name Coltrane (in tribute to jazz saxophonist John Coltrane)and working in theatre and stand-up comedy.Appearing in the 1981 BBC television comedy series A Kick Up the Eighties, his comic skills also brought him roles in the The Comic Strip Presents (1982) series and the comedy sketch shows Alfresco (19831984) and Laugh??? Coltrane soon moved into films, obtaining roles in a number of movies such as Flash Gordon (1980), Death Watch (1980), Scrubbers (1983), Krull (1983), The Supergrass (1985), Absolute Beginners (1986), Mona Lisa (1986) and appeared as "Annabelle" in The Fruit Machine (1988).On television, he also appeared in The Young Ones, Tutti Frutti (1987), as Samuel Johnson in Blackadder (1987) (a role he later reprised in the more serious Boswell and Johnson's Tour of the Western Islands (1993)), and in a number of stand-up and sketch comedy shows.