On Friday, October 14, 2022, Anthony Robert McMillan reportedly passed dead suddenly, according to an online obituary. The deceased’s cause of death, however, was not made public.
Anthony Robert McMillan OBE, better known as Robbie Coltrane, was a Scottish actor, comedian, and writer who lived from 30 March 1950 until 14 October 2022. As Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series (2001–2011), and as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in the James Bond movies GoldenEye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough, he attained international fame (1999). In the New Year’s Honours of 2006, Queen Elizabeth II gave him the OBE for his contributions to drama. Coltrane 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. Coltrane 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). Coltrane 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.
Coltrane 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.