Robbie Coltrane, who played Harry Potter's Hagrid, dies at age 72

Robbie Coltrane, the baby-faced comedian and character actor done hundreds of roles

He died Friday at a hospital in his native Scotland

The Scottish thespian was "forensically intelligent, brilliantly witty," his agent said. 

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, who decades ago had said Coltrane was her first choice to play Hagrid

he was "an incredible talent, a complete one off."-J.K. Rowling

Coltrane was in his early 20s when he began pursuing an acting career and renamed himself in honor of jazz musician John Coltrane.

"Such a bright and brilliant man. A consummate actor, an extraordinarily funny comedian and an amazing actor. He was also a very good friend," Idle wrote.

Wright said Coltrane is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his ex-wife Rhona Gemmell and his children Spencer and Alice.

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