Bad news to start off the weekend, Robbie Coltrane passed away yesterday at the age of 72.

Coltrane is a Scottish actor and comedian who had spent most of his life in TV and movies, winning several awards and giving some truly memorable performances.

One of my favorite facts about him was one of his earliest screen roles was ‘man closing the door of plane’ from Flash Gordon. He’s only on screen for a split second, but he shuts the door after Flash and Dale get on a small private plane.

'Man closing plane door'
‘Man closing plane door’

He then went on to star in a sketch show, alongside Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, and Emma Thompson, called Alfresco. Then appeared in many British comedy sketch series like The Young Ones, The Comic Strip Presents, and Laugh? I Nearly Paid my Licence Fee.

The actor turned his hand to more serious roles and in the UK, is probably best known for playing Dr Eddie ‘Fitz Fitzgerald in the series Cracker between 1993 – 2006. This part saw him win the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor.

He would still give great comic performances, like Dr Johnson in Blackadder the Third.

On the big screen, he had starred in movies like Krull, Golden Eye and The World is Not Enough, Ocean’s Twelve, Mona Lisa, Nuns on the Run, Effie Gray, and Pixar’s Brave.

Most people around the world would know Coltrane through playing Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies.

'You're a wizard Harry'
‘You’re a wizard Harry’

In 2006 he was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

He was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis, a joint condition, that saw him reduced to a wheelchair in later life and left him in ‘constant pain all day’. He passed away in his beloved Scotland at the age of 72.

In real life, I’m 6′ 1″ – each way pretty well, north and south and east and west, unfortunately.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP Robbie.

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