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Born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1950, Robbie Coltrane studied at Glenalmond College and played rugby before moving on to the Glasgow School of Art and the Moray House College of Education.Coltrane first began acting in his '20s, appearing in "The Comic Strip Presents", "A Kick Up the Eighties", "Alfresco", and "Laugh??? In the early '80s, he started delving into films, with appearances in "Flash Gordon", "Krull", "Defence of the Realm", "Absolute Beginners", "Mona Lisa", and "The Fruit Machine". He came in just outside the top ten on ITV's list of the greatest 50 TV stars.Jazz lover Coltrane, who took his stage name in tribute to the saxophonist John Coltrane, was the middle child of a teacher mother and a physician father who worked at one time as a police surgeon.Educated at the Glenalmond public school in Perthshire, the future Bafta winner later enrolled at Glasgow Art School where he took a diploma in drawing, painting and film.One of his early successes was The Slab Boys by John Byrne, with whom he would work again in 1987 on the BBC TV series Tutti Frutti.Coltrane worked extensively in television in the 1980s, appearing in The Comic Strip Presents, The Young Ones and Blackadder.
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Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, who has been made an OBE in the New Year honours list, is best known for his recurring role in the Harry Potter films.
Author JK Rowling is said to have personally requested the 55-year-old for the part of Rubeus Hagrid, the gentle giant who tends the grounds and looks after the animals at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft.
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With the way electronics and social media [are], hopefully it won't happen again, that you could not get away with it these days. See, what you're meant to do when you have a mid-life crisis is buy a fast car, aren't you?