Robie Coltrane Death 1950-2022 – Obituary in Moderation: Anthony Robert McMillan OBE legendary Scottish actor, comedian and writer popularly know worldwide as Robie Coltrane, has sadly and unexpectedly passed away on Friday, October 14, 2022, leaving family, closer relatives and other loved ones in total devastations and sadness. Family and friends were devastated when Robie passed away.
Robie was born on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, Scotland, which makes him just 72 years old at the time of his unexpected but peaceful passing while taking treatments at a hospital in Larbert, Scotland from health struggles related to his longtime osteoarthritis, surrounded by his beloved family and other closer relatives.
Robie’s agent Belinda Wright said he died Friday at a hospital in Scotland. She did not give a cause. Wright said that “as well as being a wonderful actor, he was forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty and after 40 years of being proud to be called his agent, I shall miss him.” Wright said Robie is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his ex-wife Rhona Gemmell and his children Spencer and Alice.
Robie was the son of Jean Ross Howie, a teacher and pianist, and Ian Baxter McMillan, a general practitioner who also served as a forensic police surgeon. He had an older sister, Annie, and a younger sister, Jane. Robie was the great-grandson of Scottish businessman Thomas W. Howie and the nephew of businessman Forbes Howie.
Robie earned international fame as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in the James Bond movies GoldenEye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough, as well as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series (2001–2011). (1999). In the New Year’s Honours of 2006, Queen Elizabeth II gave him the OBE for his contributions to drama. Robie was given the Peter Sellers Award for Comedy by the Evening Standard British Film Award in 1990. He received a British Academy Scotland Awards honor for his “exceptional contribution” to film in 2011.
He began his acting career in the sketch series Alfresco with Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, and Emma Thompson (1983–1984). He costarred with Thompson in the BBC miniseries Tutti Frutti in 1987, for which he was nominated for his first British Academy Television Award for Best Actor. Robie then rose to fame on a national scale by playing Dr. Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald, a criminal psychologist, in the ITV television series Cracker (1993–2006), for which he won three consecutive British Academy Television Awards for Best Actor (1994 to 1996).
Robie placed ninth in the public vote for ITV’s list of the 50 greatest TV stars in 2006. He and Julie Walters co-starred in the four-part Channel 4 series National Treasure in 2016, for which he was nominated for a British Academy Television Award. Robie participated in two movies for George Harrison’s Handmade Films: Nuns on the Run starring Eric Idle and the Neil Jordan neo-noir Mona Lisa (1987), which starred Bob Hoskins.
Additionally, he made appearances in the 1989 comedy Let It Ride, the 1989 Shakespeare adaptation Henry V by Kenneth Branagh, the 2004 crime-comedy thriller Ocean’s Twelve by Steven Soderbergh, the 2008 caper movie The Brothers Bloom by Rian Johnson, the 2012 adaptation of Great Expectations by Mike Newell, and the 1989 biographical drama Effie Gray by Emma Thompson (2014). Additionally, he was well-known for lending his voice to the animated movies The Tale of Despereaux (2008) and Pixar’s Brave (2012).
Before transferring to Glenalmond College, a private school in Perthshire, Robie began his studies at Belmont House School in Newton Mearns. He played for the school’s rugby First XV, served as the president of the debating society, and received awards for his artwork even though he later remembered his time there as being very unhappy.
Robie continued his education after Glenalmond by enrolling in Glasgow School of Art, where he was teased for “having an accent like Prince Charles” (which he quickly got rid of, but not before earning the moniker “Lord Fauntleroy”), and then Moray House College of Education in Edinburgh, Scotland (which is now a division of the University of Edinburgh).
Later, Robie—then known as “Red Robbie”—called for the outlawing of private schools. He did this by getting involved with Amnesty International, Greenpeace, the Labour Party, and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, which he did in defiance of his conservative upbringing.
Rhona Gemmell and Robie were wed on December 11, 1999. Spencer (b. 1992), a son, and Alice (b. 1996) were the couple’s two children (b. 1998). In 2003, Robie and Gemmell parted ways, and they later got divorced. Robie expressed his conditional support for independence during the 2014 Scottish independence referendum campaign, saying, “I’d eventually like to see independence – but only an independent Labour Scotland.”