Robbie Coltrane Biography

Birthday: 1950-03-30
Place of Birth: Rutherglen, Scotland UK
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Wiki 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 an international film star who played in two James Bond films, and appeared as Rubeus Hagrid 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. Coltrane resides in a converted farmhouse in Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Comic Strip Presents 1982 Comedy
Alfresco 1983 Comedy
Tutti Frutti Danny McGlone 1987 Comedy
Cracker Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald 1993 Crime
Johnny Vaughan Tonight 2002
Murderland Douglas Hain 2009 Crime
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Loose Connections Drunk 1983 Comedy, Romance
Ghost Dance George 1984 Drama
Chinese Boxes Harwood 1984 Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Mona Lisa 1986 Crime, Drama, Romance
Caravaggio 1986 Drama, History
Defense of the Realm Leo McAskey 1986 Thriller
Eat the Rich 1987 0, Comedy
The Supergrass Det. Sgt. Troy 1988 Comedy, Crime
Goldeneye Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky 1989 0
Bert Rigby, You're a Fool Sid Trample 1989
Slipstream Montclaire 1989 Adventure
Lenny Live and Unleashed Taxi Driver 1989 Comedy
The Fruit Machine 1989 Drama
Nuns on the Run 1990 Comedy, Crime
Midnight Breaks Fat 1990 Thriller
Perfectly Normal 1991
The Pope Must Diet The Pope 1991 Comedy
Oh, What a Night 1992
The Adventures of Huck Finn The Duke 1993 0, 0, 0
Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole Steffano Baccardi 1993 Comedy, Crime
Montana 1998
Frogs for Snakes Al Santana 1998 Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Message in a Bottle 1999 Drama, Romance
The World Is Not Enough Valentin Zukovsky 1999 Action, Adventure, Thriller
From Hell Sergeant Peter Godley 2001 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
On the Nose Delaney 2001 Comedy, Fantasy
Van Helsing Mr. Hyde 2004 Reality Tv
Van Helsing: The London Assignment Mr. Hyde 2004 Horror, Action, Adventure
Provoked: A True Story 2007 0
The Brothers Bloom 2008
Gooby Gooby 2008
The Tale of Despereaux Gregory 2008 0, Drama, 0
The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation Gruffalo 2011 Animation
Effie Gray Doctor 2013 Drama