- Robbie Coltrane
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caption = Coltrane in 2007.
birthname = Anthony Robert McMillan
birthdate = birth date and age|1950|3|30|df=y
Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
spouse = Rhona Gemmell (1999-)
baftaawards = Best TV Actor
1994, 1995, 1996 "Cracker"
Coltrane was born Anthony Robert McMillan in
Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, the son of Jean McMillan Ross (née Howie), a teacher and pianist, and Ian Baxter McMillan, a general practitionerwho also served as a forensic policesurgeon. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/73/Robbie-Coltrane.html Robbie Coltrane Biography (1950-) ] ] [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4569860.stm BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Robbie Coltrane's magical career ] ] [ [http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800020819/bio Robbie Coltrane Biography - Yahoo! Movies ] ] He has an older sister, Annie, and a late younger sister, Jane. Coltrane is the great-grandson of Scottish businessman Thomas W. Howie. He was educated at the prestigious Glenalmond Collegein Perthshire, from which he was nearly expelled after hanging the prefects' gowns from the school clocktower. Though he later described his experiences there as deeply unhappy, he played for the First XV, was head of the school's debating society and won prizes for his art. [ [http://www.tiscali.co.uk/entertainment/film/biographies/robbie_coltrane_biog.html Robbie Coltrane biography ] ] From Glenalmond, Coltrane went on to Glasgow School of Art, where he was ridiculed for "having an accent like Prince Charles [ [http://quotes.maxabout.com/authors/r/robbie_coltrane.aspx Robbie Coltrane Quotes, Best of Robbie Coltrane Quotes Collection at MaxAbout.com ] ] (which he quickly disposed of, though not before gaining the nickname "Lord Fauntleroy") and then the Moray House College Of Educationin Edinburgh. Coltrane later called for public schools to be banned and used to be known as "Red Robbie", [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2003/03/20/bacol20.xml 'Hagrid? I'm just Dad' - Telegraph ] ] rebelling against his conservative upbringing through involvement with Amnesty International, Greenpeace, the Labour Party and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
Coltrane moved into acting in his early twenties, taking the stage name Coltrane (in tribute to jazz saxophonist
John Coltrane) [ [http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/opinion.cfm?id=641752004 Scotland on Sunday ] ] and working in theatreand stand-up comedy. Appearing in the 1981 BBCtelevision comedy series " A Kick Up the Eighties", his comic skills also brought him roles in the " The Comic Strip Presents" (1982) series and the comedy sketch shows "Alfresco" (1983-1984) and " Laugh??? I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee" (1984).
Coltrane soon moved into
films, obtaining roles in a number of movies such as "Flash Gordon" (1980), " Death Watch" (1980), " Scrubbers" (1983), "Krull" (1983), "Absolute Beginners" (1986), "Mona Lisa" (1986) and appeared as "Annabelle" in "The Fruit Machine" (1988). On television, he also appeared in "The Young Ones", "Tutti Frutti" (1987), as Samuel Johnsonin " Blackadder" (1987) (a role he later reprised in the more serious " Boswell and Johnson's Tour of the Western Islands" (1993)), and in a number of stand-up and sketch comedy shows. He played the part of Falstaffin Kenneth Branagh's "Henry V" (1989) He co-starred with Eric Idlein " Nuns on the Run" (1990), and played the Popein " The Pope Must Die" (1991). He also played a would-be private detective obsessed with Humphrey Bogartin the TV play " The Bogie Man". His roles went from strength to strength in the 1990s with the TV series"Cracker" (1993-1996, 2006 one-off special) and a BAFTA award as the stepping stone to parts in bigger films such as the James Bondfilms " GoldenEye" (1995) and " The World Is Not Enough" (1999) and a major supporting role in "From Hell" (2001) as well as half-giant Rubeus Hagridin the "Harry Potter" films (2001-2011). J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has stated that she created the character of Hagrid based on Coltrane's likeness.
Coltrane has also presented a number of popular documentary programmes for the British
ITVnetwork based around his twin passions for traveland transportation.
Coltrane in a Cadillac" (1993) saw him cross North Americafrom Los Angelesto New Yorkbehind the wheel of a 1951 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe Convertible. A journey of 3,765 miles(6,059 kilometres) which he completed in 32 days. In 1997 Coltrane appeared in a series of six programs under the title " Coltrane's Planes and Automobiles" in which he extolled the virtues of a number of engineering achievements, namely the Steam Engine, the Diesel Engine, the Supercharger, the V8Engine, the Two Strokeengine, and the Jet Engine. In these programs he showed he was not afraid to get his hands dirty, getting involved with dismantling and rebuilding several engines. He also single-handledly removed the engine from a Trabantcar in 23 minutes.
In August 2007, Coltrane presented a series for
ITVcalled " B-Road Britain" in which he travelled from London to Glasgow, stopping in at quirky towns and villages along the way.
Coltrane was voted No. 10 in
ITV's "TV's 50 Greatest Stars" and sixth in a poll of 2000 adults across the UK to find the 'most famous Scot', behind the Loch Ness Monster, Robert Burns, Sean Connery, Robert the Bruceand William Wallace.
Coltrane lives in
Stirlingshire. He is currently separated from his wife, and is the father of two children, Spencer and Alice.Fact|date=February 2007 He collects vintage cars.
*"Ghostdance" (1983) .... George
*"Krull" (1983) .... Rhun
National Lampoon's European Vacation" (1985) .... Man in bathroom
*"Caravaggio" (1986) .... Scipio
Blackadder the Third", BBC(1987) ... Samuel Johnson
BBC(1987) written by John Byrne ... Danny McGlone
*"Eat the Rich" (1987) .... Jeremy
Blackadder's Christmas Carol" (1988) .... The Spirit of Christmas
*"The Fruit Machine" (1988), .... Annabelle
*"Henry V" (1989) ....
Bert Rigby, You're a Fool" (1989) ... Sid Temple
*"Let It Ride" (1989) .... Ticket Seller
Midnight Breaks" (1990) .... Fat
Danny Champion of the World" (1990) .... Victor Hazell
Nuns on the Run" (1990) .... Charlie McManus/Sister Inviolata
Perfectly Normal" (1990) .... Alonzo Turner
The Pope Must Die" (1991) .... The Pope
Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole" (1991) .... Steffano Baccardi
Oh, What a Night" (1992) .... Todd
*"Cracker" (1993-2007) (TV) - Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald
Boswell & Johnson's Tour of the Western Isles" (1993) .... Dr. Samuel Johnson
The Adventures of Huck Finn" (1993) .... Duke
GoldenEye" (1995) .... Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky
*"Buddy" (1997) .... Dr. Bill Lintz
The Ebb-Tide" (1998) (TV) .... Capt. Chisholm
Frogs for Snakes" (1998) .... Al
*"Montana" (1998) .... The Boss
The World Is Not Enough" (1999) .... Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky
Alice in Wonderland" (1999) (TV) .... Ned Tweedledum
*"Message in a Bottle" (1999) .... Charlie Toschi
*"Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (Sorcerer's Stone in US) (2001) ....
On the Nose" (2001) .... Delaney
*"From Hell" (2001) .... Sergeant Peter Godley
*"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002) ....
The Planman" (2003) (TV) .... Jack Lennox QC
*"Comic Relief" 2003: The Big Hair Do (2003) (TV) ....
Ocean's Twelve(2004) .... Matsui
*"Pride (2004) (TV) (voice) .... James
*"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004) -
*"" (2004) ....voice of Mr. Hyde
*"Van Helsing" (2004) .... voice of Mr. Hyde
*"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) ....
*"Stormbreaker" (2006) " ....
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
*"" (2006) (TV) .... Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald
*"Provoked" (2006) .... Lord Edward Foster
*"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007) ....
*"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (2009) ....
*"The Tale of Despereaux" (2008) .... Gregory (voice)
The Brothers Bloom" (2008) .... The Curator
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* [http://www.ftppro.com/Robbie_Coltrane.htm/ Interview with Robbie Coltrane at FTPPro.com]
NAME= Coltrane, Robbie
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= McMillan, Anthony Robert
DATE OF BIRTH=
March 30, 1950
PLACE OF BIRTH=
Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK
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PLACE OF DEATH=
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