Robbie Coltrane

Biography

Robbie Coltrane, one of Britain's most popular comedians who was head of debating society at school and won prizes for his art, is now a film star who played in two James Bond films and in the "Harry Potter" franchise. He was born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, a suburb of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. His father, Ian McMillan, was a general surgeon who also worked for police pathology. His mother, Jean, was a teacher and a pianist. Young Robbie was fond of art, music, films and cars. He was a voracious reader of his dad's books on medicine and crime. At age 12 he made his acting debut on stage at Glenalmond College, delivering rants from "Henry V". At that time he was fascinated with Marlon Brando and Orson Welles. He attended Glasgow Art School, majoring in drawing, painting and film, then studied art at Edinburgh's Moray House College of Education for a year. In 1973 he made a documentary titled "Young Mental Health", which was voted Film Of The Year by the Scottish Education Council. At that time Robbie took the name Coltrane, due to his love of jazz, and began a career of a stand-up comedian at night clubs, at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as an actor with Edinburgh's renowned Traverse Theatre. In 1980 Coltrane made his debut on television as "Border Guard" in BBC's mini-series The Lost Tribe (1980), then made his big screen debut as a limousine driver in Death Watch (1980). In 1981 he appeared in his first leading role as Detective Fritz Langley in Subway Riders (1981), by famed underground director Amos Poe. He became a well-known face through appearances in The Comic Strip series, then in Alfresco (1983) and Comic Strip movies The Supergrass (1985) and The Pope Must Diet (1991), among other films. At that time Coltrane had a drinking problem, downing as much as a bottle of whiskey a day. In 1986 he flew to a clinic in Mexico and was treated for obesity. In 1987 his partner for 15 years, Paine, left him for good, leaving her portrait in Coltrane's barn. In 1988 Coltrane met then 18-year-old Rhona Gemmell in a pub. They married and had a son, Spencer, and a daughter, Alice. His career took off during the early 1990s with the leading role as Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald, a forensic psychologist, in the popular TV series Cracker (1993). He made such a good performance as Valentin Zukovsky, a KGB man turned St. Petersburg mafia lord, in GoldenEye (1995) the producers called him back for the same character in The World Is Not Enough (1999). Then Coltrane hit another lucrative franchise; he was personally selected by J.K. Rowling as her choice to play half-giant Rubeus Hagrid in the 'Harry Potter' films. In early 1990s Coltrane wrote an autobiography, "Coltrane in a Cadillac", and also starred in the eponymous TV series, Coltrane in a Cadillac (1993), in which he indulges his passion for vintage cars and tells with great humor about his 4000-mile journey across America from Los Angeles to New York. In 2003 he separated from his wife. His interests outside of his acting profession has been reading books, and rebuilding and collecting vintage cars. Robbie Coltrane resides in a converted farmhouse in Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK.

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Birth Name

Anthony Robert McMillan

Birth Place

Rutherglen, Scotland, UK

Birth Date

3/30/1950
Known For
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Rubeus Hagrid

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Rubeus Hagrid

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Alice in Wonderland

Ned Tweedledum

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Buddy

Dr. Bill Lintz

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Nuns on the Run

Charlie McManus

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The Gruffalo's Child

Gruffalo (voice)

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On The Nose

Delaney

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Gooby

Gooby (voice)

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Cracker: A New Terror

Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald

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The Adventures of Huck Finn

The Duke

Starring In
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Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

Self

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An Accidental Studio

(archive footage)

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Effie Gray

Doctor

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Great Expectations

Jaggers

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Brave

Lord Dingwall (voice)

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Arthur Christmas

Lead Elf (voice)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Rubeus Hagrid

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The Gruffalo's Child

Gruffalo (voice)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Rubeus Hagrid

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Rubeus Hagrid

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The Gruffalo

Gruffalo (voice)

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Gooby

Gooby (voice)

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The Brothers Bloom

Curator

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The Tale of Despereaux

Gregory (voice)

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Rubeus Hagrid

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Stormbreaker

Prime Minister

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Provoked

Lord Edward Foster

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Cracker: A New Terror

Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Rubeus Hagrid

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Rubeus Hagrid

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Ocean's Twelve

Matsui

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Van Helsing: The London Assignment

Mr. Hyde (voice)

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Van Helsing

Mr. Hyde

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Pride

James (voice)

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Rubeus Hagrid

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Rubeus Hagrid

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From Hell

Sergeant Peter Godley

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On The Nose

Delaney

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The World Is Not Enough

Valentin Zukovsky

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Alice in Wonderland

Ned Tweedledum

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Message in a Bottle

Charlie Toschi

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Montana

The Boss

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Frogs for Snakes

Al Santana

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Buddy

Dr. Bill Lintz

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GoldenEye

Valentin Zukovsky

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The Adventures of Huck Finn

The Duke

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The Adventures of Huck Finn

The Duke

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Oh, What a Night

Todd

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The Pope Must Die!

The Pope

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Nuns on the Run

Charlie McManus

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Where the Heart Is

(uncredited)

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Let It Ride

Ticket Seller

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Henry V

Sir John Falstaff

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Singende Kumpel haben's schwer

Sid Trample

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Slipstream

Montclaire

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The Fruit Machine - Rendezvous mit einem Killer

Annabelle

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Blackadder's Christmas Carol

Spirit of Christmas

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The secret policeman's third ball and biggest ball

Himself

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Eat the Rich

Jeremy

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Mona Lisa

Thomas

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Absolute Beginners

Mario

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Caravaggio

Scipione Borghese

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Defence of the Realm

Leo McAskey

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Revolution

New York Burgher

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National Lampoon's European Vacation

Man in the Bathroom

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Krull

Rhun

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Scrubbers

Puff Guts

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Britannia Hospital

Picket

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Subway Riders

Detective Fritz Langley

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Flash Gordon

Man at Airfield

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Death Watch

Limosine driver

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