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Harry Potter and Robbie Coltrane's Other Best Film and TV Roles

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Acting legends come from all walks of life, and the impacts they’ve made could either be from their work ethic or the characters they’ve brought to life. Rarely is it both, but when it is, it could create the image of an individual that’s nothing more than a bright light of talent and kindness. That’s exactly what could be said of Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, who had a unique history in film, covering genres from action to comedy.

Sadly, Coltrane recently passed away and left behind a filmography that featured some of the most iconic characters in cinema. However, he has also been in scenes that would be otherwise looked over, yet Coltrane was always there, ready to make a mark wherever and whenever he could. With that being said, here are some of his best and most transformative roles in movies and television.

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Cracker Saw Coltrane’s More Serious Side

Cracking was a television series starring Robbie Coltrane that dove into a very different perspective and style for the actor. In the series, Eddie Fitzgerald was a criminal psychologist with his own host of personal problems. However, his skills were often employed by the police to help catch criminals. The series ran for three seasons and helped define Coltrane’s ability as a more serious actor and also earn his place among other actors who played eccentric pros like Sherlock Holmes.

Brave’s Lord Dingwall Let Coltrane Be as Quirky as Possible

Brave was a Pixar film that followed a young woman named Merida who wanted nothing more than to live life for herself. But as a princess, she was told she had a familial obligation to marry the proper suitor. As a result, the many Kings of Scotland converged to have their sons compete for Merida’s hand. One of the Kings, Lord Dingwall, was played by Coltrane and allowed the actor to embrace his more comedic side, as he carried himself as an excitable old man who was always ready for a fight.

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Valentin Zukovsky Was a Trusted 007 Ally

When Pierce Brosnan took over the role of James Bond, he brought with him a modernized look at the character and the lore. He also utilized more allies than ever while conducting his missions. One of these allies was none other than rival-turned-friend Valentin Zukovsky. In both goldeneye and The World Is Not Enough, Zukovsky carried himself with a debonair style and attitude that perfectly balanced the moments of action he was shown in. While his appearances were, for the most part, brief, Coltrane’s portrayal of the character made him a standout during Brosnan’s era.

The Harry Potter Films Let Coltrane Shine as Hagrid

The life and times of Harry Potter likely wouldn’t have happened had it not been for the actions and choices of Rubeus Hagrid, the Hogwarts groundskeeper and good friend of Dumbledore. Hagrid was kind and patient, with a genuine love for magical creatures. However, he also had a difficult life that was best showcased in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. But what made Hagrid special was how Coltrane ensured that all of his emotions could be felt, as well as the genuine warmth he evoked as an actor. While Robbie Coltrane has been seen in various roles over time, it’s unlikely that any of them will top his time as Rubeus Hagrid.