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Coltrane, Robbie Biography




biography of Coltrane, Robbie

Anthony Robert McMillan
30 March 1950, Rutherglen, Scotland, UK
6' 1"
Robbie Coltrane, one of Britain's most popular comedians who was head of debating society at school and won prizes for his art, is now a film star who played in two James Bond films and 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' (qv) and 'Orson Welles' (qv). 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)_ (qv), then made his big screen debut as a limousine driver in _La mort en direct (1980)_ (qv). In 1981 he appeared in his first leading role as Detective Fritz Langley in _Subway Riders (1981)_ (qv), by famed underground director 'Amos Poe' (qv). He became a well-known face through appearances in The Comic Strip series, then in _"Alfresco" (1983)_ (qv) and Comic Strip movies _The Supergrass (1985)_ (qv) and _The Pope Must Die (1991)_ (qv), 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)_ (qv). He made such a good performance as Valentin Zukovsky, a KGB man turned St. Petersburg mafia lord, in _GoldenEye (1995)_ (qv) the producers called him back for the same character in _The World Is Not Enough (1999)_ (qv). Then Coltrane hit another lucrative franchise; he was personally selected by 'J.K. Rowling' (qv) 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)_ (qv), 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. Robbie Coltrane resides in a converted farmhouse in Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK.
Steve Shelokhonov



-   'Rhona Gemmell' (11 December 1999 - present) (separated); 2 children


-   Son born c. 1992; daughter born c. 1998

-   Graduated from the Glasgow School of Art where he majored in drawing, painting and film.

-   Has two children: Alice and Spencer.

-   Frequently plays giants and has to wear padding, lifts, and has to be shot from below, in such film as the "Harry Potter" series, where he played "Hagrid", and in _Van Helsing (2004)_ (qv), where he was generated into a computer to play a bear-sized "Mr. Hyde".

-   Has appeared in eight films opposite a former member of Monty Python's Flying Circus. His cast mate in _Nuns on the Run (1990)_ (qv) and _European Vacation (1985)_ (qv) was 'Eric Idle' (qv). He appeared in _The World Is Not Enough (1999)_ (qv), _Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)_ (qv), and _Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)_ (qv), all of which also starred 'John Cleese' (qv). He also appeared in _Billy Connolly: A BAFTA Tribute (2002) (TV)_ (qv), _A Night of Comic Relief 2 (1989) (TV)_ (qv) and _The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball (1989) (TV)_ (qv), all of which featured 'Michael Palin' (qv).

-   Only took the role of Hagrid in the Harry Potter series after his children urged him to do so.

-   He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2006 New Year's Honours List for his services to drama.

-   Attended the world renowned Scottish boarding school, Glenalmond College, in Perthshire, Scotland.

-   Though he says he took his stage name from musician 'John Coltrane' (qv), his name is actually closer to that of John's son, Ravi Coltrane.

-   Was the very first person to be cast in _Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)_ (qv). In fact, he was selected for the role of Hagrid by Harry Potter author 'J.K. Rowling' (qv).

-   Was asked to play Takis in Doctor Who: Revelation of The Daleks. Trevor Cooper won the role.


-   (1991) TV commercial: Persil

-   (5/3/07) Appeared as a guest conductor for the Grimethorpe Colliery Band at the Wakefield Theatre Royal.

-   (2011) Music video: Appeared in 'Kate Bush' (qv)'s "Deeper Understanding" video.

-   (1980) Stage: Appeared in 'Jonathan Bolt' (qv)'s play, "Threads," at the Hamstead Theatre in Hamstead, London, England, with Phyllis Logan, Mark Windsor and Pat Doyle in the cast. Robin Lefevre was director.


-   In real life, I'm 6' 1" - each way pretty well, north and south and east and west, unfortunately.

-   Once you've been doing anything for twenty-five years people start to notice you. What was really nice about the OBE is that it's the first award where I didn't have to make a speech and I didn't have to sit there waiting to see if I'd won - I knew I was going to get it.


-   "The Independent" (UK), 22 April 2003, by: James Rampton, "Blues for Coltrane?"

-   "The Daily Telegraph" (UK), 20 March 2003, by: Maureen Paton, "'Hagrid? I'm just Dad'"

-   "Video Eyeball" (USA), 1996, Vol. 2, Iss. 6, pg. 37-38, by: Paul Sherman, "Wise Cracker Robbie Coltrane"

-   "Radio Times" (UK), 31 March 1990, pg. 77, by: Stuart Cosgrove, "Nothing sacred"


-   "Showbiz uncovered" (UK), 18 November 2001, pg. 16, by: Nick Appleyard, "Big Robbie's giant Harry role was always gonna be a cracker"

-   "Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 26 October 2001, Vol. 1, Iss. 622, pg. 27, by: Daniel Fierman, "Tremendous Talent"

-   "TV Guide" (USA), 3 August 1996, Vol. 44, Iss. 31, pg. 30-32, by: James Kaplan, "Cracker's Crackerjack Crime Solver"

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  1. Effie (2013)
  2. Sweet Baby Jesus (2013) {{SUSPENDED}}
  3. Yes, Prime Minister: Re-elected (2013) (TV)
  4. Brave (2012)
  5. Great Expectations (2012)
  6. The Big Fat Quiz of the 90s (2012) (TV)
  7. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {Five Go to Rehab (#9.2)}
  8. "Watching Ourselves: 60 Years of Television in Scotland" (2012) {Characters (#1.4)}
  9. "Watching Ourselves: 60 Years of Television in Scotland" (2012) {Having a Laugh (#1.2)}
  10. 50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments (2011) (TV)
  11. Arthur Christmas (2011)
  12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
  13. The Gruffalo's Child (2011) (TV)
  14. "Breakfast" (2000) {(2011-05-16)}
  15. "Lead Balloon" (2006) {Blade (#4.5)}
  16. "Lead Balloon" (2006) {Off (#4.4)}
  17. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {The Hunt for Tony Blair (#9.1)}
  18. Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 3: Creatures (2010) (V)
  19. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
  20. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (2010)
  21. Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (2010) (VG)
  22. Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Magic Begins (2009) (V)
  23. Gooby (2009)
  24. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
  25. The Gruffalo (2009) (TV)
  26. Top of the Cops (2009) (TV)
  27. "Murderland" (2009) {Carol's Story (#1.3)}
  28. "Murderland" (2009) {Carrie's Story (#1.1)}
  29. "Murderland" (2009) {Hain's Story (#1.2)}
  30. "Xposé" (2007) {(#3.205)}
  31. Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga (2008) (TV)
  32. Blackadder Rides Again (2008) (TV)
  33. Blackadder's Most Cunning Moments (2008) (TV)
  34. Jonathan Ross Salutes 'Dad's Army' (2008) (TV)
  35. Quantum of Solace: Royal World Premiere Special (2008) (TV)
  36. The Brothers Bloom (2008)
  37. The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
  38. "Call the Cops" (2008) {(#1.1)}
  39. "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" (2001) {(#14.20)}
  40. "How TV Changed Britain" (2008) {Cops (#1.1)}
  41. "Xposé" (2007) {(#3.38)}
  42. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
  43. "Robbie Coltrane's B Road Britain" (2007) {Cumbria to Glasgow (#1.3)}
  44. Cracker (2006) (TV)
  45. Preparing for the Yule Ball (2006) (V)
  46. Provoked: A True Story (2006)
  47. Stormbreaker (2006)
  48. The Return of Bond: The Start of Production Press Event (2006) (V)
  49. TV's 50 Greatest Stars (2006) (TV)
  50. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#2.189)}
  51. 'Harry Potter': Behind the Magic (2005) (TV)
  52. Avenue of the Stars: 50 Years of ITV (2005) (TV)
  53. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
  54. Inside 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' (2005) (TV)
  55. "Planet Voice" (2004) {Planet Potter}
  56. "Still Game" (2002) {Dial-A-Bus (#4.3)}
  57. Care of Magical Creatures (2004) (V)
  58. Conjuring a Scene (2004) (V)
  59. Creating the Vision (2004) (V)
  60. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  61. Head to Shrunken Head (2004) (V)
  62. Ocean's Twelve (2004)
  63. Pride (2004) (TV)
  64. Van Helsing (2004)
  65. Van Helsing: The London Assignment (2004) (V)
  66. "Cartoon Cartoon Fridays" (2000) {Fridays Goes to the Premiere of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (#1.36)}
  67. "Frasier" (1993) {Goodnight, Seattle: Part 1 (#11.23)}
  68. "HBO First Look" (1992) {'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban': Something Wicked this Way Comes (#11.12)}
  69. Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do (2003) (TV)
  70. Interviews with Professors & More (2003) (V)
  71. The Planman (2003) (TV)
  72. "Parkinson" (1971) {(2003-03-15)}
  73. Billy Connolly: A BAFTA Tribute (2002) (TV)
  74. Capturing the Stone: A Conversation with the Filmmakers (2002) (V)
  75. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
  76. "Johnny Vaughan Tonight" (2002) {(2002-01-29)}
  77. A View from Hell (2001) (TV)
  78. From Hell (2001)
  79. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
  80. On the Nose (2001)
  81. "HBO First Look" (1992) {A View from Hell (#8.13)}
  82. "HBO First Look" (1992) {Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (#8.18)}
  83. "Parkinson" (1971) {(2001-11-17)}
  84. "The Greatest" (1998) {100 Greatest TV Characters}
  85. "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" (1996) {(2001-11-14)}
  86. The World Is Not Enough (2000) (VG)
  87. Alice in Wonderland (1999) (TV)
  88. And the Word Was Bond (1999) (TV)
  89. Jerry Springer on Sunday (1999) (TV)
  90. Message in a Bottle (1999)
  91. The Bond Cocktail (1999) (TV)
  92. The Making of 'GoldenEye': A Video Journal (1999) (V)
  93. The Making of 'The World Is Not Enough' (1999) (V)
  94. The World Is Not Enough (1999)
  95. "Cracker" (1997) {Faustian Fitz (#1.14)}
  96. "Exclusive" (1997) {(1999-11-21)}
  97. "Parkinson" (1971) {(1999-02-26)}
  98. Frogs for Snakes (1998)
  99. Montana (1998)
  100. Stanley Baxter in Person (1998) (TV)
  101. The Ebb-Tide (1998) (TV)
  102. "Coltrane's Planes and Automobiles" (1997)
  103. Buddy (1997)
  104. "Clive Anderson All Talk" (1996) {(#2.6)}
  105. "Light Lunch" (1997) {He's a Little Bit Country, He's a Little Bit Rock and Roll (#2.27)}
  106. "Richard and Judy Exclusive" (1997) {(#1.5)}
  107. "Shooting Stars" (1993) {(#3.5)}
  108. Alright on the Night's Cockup Trip (1996) (TV)
  109. The British Academy Craft Awards (1996) (TV)
  110. "Cracker" (1993) {White Ghost (#4.1)}
  111. "The Limit" (1995)
  112. Comic Relief (1995) (TV)
  113. GoldenEye (1995)
  114. GoldenEye: The Secret Files (1995) (TV)
  115. In Search of James Bond with Jonathan Ross (1995) (TV)
  116. Sex with Paula (1995) (TV)
  117. "Cracker" (1993) {Best Boys: Part 1 (#3.4)}
  118. "Cracker" (1993) {Best Boys: Part 2 (#3.5)}
  119. "Cracker" (1993) {Brotherly Love: Part 1 (#3.1)}
  120. "Cracker" (1993) {Brotherly Love: Part 2 (#3.2)}
  121. "Cracker" (1993) {Brotherly Love: Part 3 (#3.3)}
  122. "Cracker" (1993) {True Romance: Part 1 (#3.6)}
  123. "Cracker" (1993) {True Romance: Part 2 (#3.7)}
  124. "Cracker" (1993) {Men Should Weep: Part 1 (#2.7)}
  125. "Cracker" (1993) {Men Should Weep: Part 2 (#2.8)}
  126. "Cracker" (1993) {Men Should Weep: Part 3 (#2.9)}
  127. "Cracker" (1993) {The Big Crunch: Part 1 (#2.4)}
  128. "Cracker" (1993) {The Big Crunch: Part 2 (#2.5)}
  129. "Cracker" (1993) {The Big Crunch: Part 3 (#2.6)}
  130. "Cracker" (1993) {To Be a Somebody: Part 1 (#2.1)}
  131. "Cracker" (1993) {To Be a Somebody: Part 2 (#2.2)}
  132. "Cracker" (1993) {To Be a Somebody: Part 3 (#2.3)}
  133. "Q.E.D." (1982/II) {Fishman of Saughton Jail}
  134. Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes (1993) (TV)
  135. The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
  136. "ABC Weekend Specials" (1977) {The Legend of Lochnagar (#13.3)}
  137. "Aspel & Company" (1984) {(#10.11)}
  138. "Clive Anderson Talks Back" (1989) {(#8.3)}
  139. "Coltrane in a Cadillac" (1993) {(#1.1)}
  140. "Coltrane in a Cadillac" (1993) {(#1.2)}
  141. "Coltrane in a Cadillac" (1993) {(#1.3)}
  142. "Coltrane in a Cadillac" (1993) {(#1.4)}
  143. "Cracker" (1993) {One Day a Lemming Will Fly: Part 1 (#1.6)}
  144. "Cracker" (1993) {One Day a Lemming Will Fly: Part 2 (#1.7)}
  145. "Cracker" (1993) {The Mad Woman in the Attic: Part 1 (#1.1)}
  146. "Cracker" (1993) {The Mad Woman in the Attic: Part 2 (#1.2)}
  147. "Cracker" (1993) {To Say I Love You: Part 1 (#1.3)}
  148. "Cracker" (1993) {To Say I Love You: Part 2 (#1.4)}
  149. "Cracker" (1993) {To Say I Love You: Part 3 (#1.5)}
  150. "Screenplay" (1986) {Boswell & Johnson's Tour of the Western Isles (#8.6)}
  151. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {Demonella (#7.5)}
  152. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {Jealousy (#7.6)}
  153. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {Space Virgins from Planet Sex (#7.2)}
  154. Oh, What a Night (1992) (V)
  155. The Bogie Man (1992) (TV)
  156. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {Red Nose of Courage (#6.1)}
  157. Perfectly Normal (1991)
  158. The Pope Must Die (1991)
  159. Triple Bogey on a Par Five Hole (1991)
  160. "Saturday Night Clive" (1988) {(#4.2)}
  161. "Screen One" (1985) {Alive and Kicking (#3.7)}
  162. "Showbiz Today" (1984) {(1991-08-26)}
  163. "Wogan" (1982) {(1991-06-14)}
  164. Midnight Breaks (1990)
  165. Midnite Breaks (1990) (TV)
  166. Nuns on the Run (1990)
  167. The Best of 'The Lenny Henry Show' (1990) (V)
  168. Where the Heart Is (1990)
  169. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {GLC: The Carnage Continues... (#5.3)}
  170. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {South Atlantic Raiders: Part 1 (#5.1)}
  171. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {South Atlantic Raiders: Part 2 Argie Bargie! (#5.2)}
  172. "Today" (1952) {(1990-04-11)}
  173. A Night of Comic Relief 2 (1989) (TV)
  174. Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989)
  175. Danny and the Dirty Dog: The Making of 'Roald Dahl's Danny the Champion of the World' (1989) (TV)
  176. Henry V (1989)
  177. Hysteria 2! (1989) (TV)
  178. Lenny Live and Unleashed (1989)
  179. Let It Ride (1989)
  180. Roald Dahl's Danny the Champion of the World (1989) (TV)
  181. Slipstream (1989)
  182. The Movie Life of George (1989) (TV)
  183. The Robbie Coltrane Special (1989) (TV)
  184. The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball (1989) (TV)
  185. "Wogan" (1982) {Wogan with Joanna Lumley}
  186. Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988) (TV)
  187. The Fruit Machine (1988)
  188. "Arena" (1975) {Byrne About Byrne}
  189. "Aspel & Company" (1984) {(#5.10)}
  190. "French and Saunders" (1987) {(#2.6)}
  191. "Parkinson One to One" (1987) {(#2.3)}
  192. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {The Strike (#4.1)}
  193. "Thompson" (1988) {(#1.1)}
  194. "Thompson" (1988) {(#1.3)}
  195. Eat the Rich (1987)
  196. The Secret Policeman's Third Ball (1987)
  197. "Black Adder the Third" (1987) {Ink and Incapability (#1.2)}
  198. "The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross" (1987) {(#2.11)}
  199. "The Lenny Henry Show" (1984) {Christmas 1987 (#2.7)}
  200. "Tutti Frutti" (1987) {A Wop-Boppa Loo-Bop a Wop-Bam Boom (#1.6)}
  201. "Tutti Frutti" (1987) {Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O (#1.4)}
  202. "Tutti Frutti" (1987) {Gin a Body, Dig a Body (#1.3)}
  203. "Tutti Frutti" (1987) {Love Hurts (#1.5)}
  204. "Tutti Frutti" (1987) {On the Road Again (#1.2)}
  205. "Tutti Frutti" (1987) {The Boy Can't Help It (#1.1)}
  206. Absolute Beginners (1986)
  207. Caravaggio (1986)
  208. Defence of the Realm (1986)
  209. Mona Lisa (1986)
  210. An Audience with Billy Connolly (1985) (TV)
  211. European Vacation (1985)
  212. Loose Connections (1985)
  213. Revolution (1985)
  214. The Supergrass (1985)
  215. "Girls on Top" (1985) {C.O.D. (#1.3)}
  216. "The Lenny Henry Show" (1984) {(#2.5)}
  217. Chinese Boxes (1984)
  218. "Alfresco" (1983) {(#2.1)}
  219. "Alfresco" (1983) {(#2.2)}
  220. "Alfresco" (1983) {(#2.3)}
  221. "Alfresco" (1983) {(#2.4)}
  222. "Alfresco" (1983) {(#2.5)}
  223. "Alfresco" (1983) {(#2.6)}
  224. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {Dirty Movie (#2.2)}
  225. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {Gino: Full Story and Pics (#2.5)}
  226. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {Susie (#2.3)}
  227. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {The Bullshitters: Roll out the Gunbarrel (#2.8)}
  228. "The Young Ones" (1982) {Bambi (#2.1)}
  229. "The Young Ones" (1982) {Time (#2.4)}
  230. Ghost Dance (1983)
  231. Journey to Krull (1983) (V)
  232. Krull (1983)
  233. The Crystal Cube (1983) (TV)
  234. "Alfresco" (1983) {(#1.1)}
  235. "Alfresco" (1983) {(#1.2)}
  236. "Alfresco" (1983) {(#1.3)}
  237. "Alfresco" (1983) {(#1.4)}
  238. "Alfresco" (1983) {(#1.5)}
  239. "Alfresco" (1983) {(#1.6)}
  240. "Alfresco" (1983) {(#1.7)}
  241. "Luna" (1983) {The Clunkman Cometh (#1.2)}
  242. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {Five Go Mad on Mescalin (#2.1)}
  243. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {Summer School (#1.5)}
  244. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {The Beat Generation (#1.3)}
  245. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {War (#1.2)}
  246. Britannia Hospital (1982)
  247. Kevin Turvey: The Man Behind the Green Door (1982) (TV)
  248. Scrubbers (1982)
  249. "Sin on Saturday" (1982) {Covetousness (#1.2)}
  250. "Sin on Saturday" (1982) {Envy (#1.3)}
  251. "Sin on Saturday" (1982) {Lust (#1.1)}
  252. "The Comic Strip Presents..." (1982) {Five Go Mad in Dorset (#1.1)}
  253. "The Young Ones" (1982) {Oil (#1.2)}
  254. "A Kick Up the Eighties" (1981)
  255. Gateway to the South (1981)
  256. Subway Riders (1981)
  257. "Keep It in the Family" (1980) {A Matter of Principle (#3.5)}
  258. "Metal Mickey" (1980) {Mickey the Demon Barber (#2.2)}
  259. Flash Gordon (1980)
  260. La mort en direct (1980)
  261. "The Lost Tribe" (1980) {Keep Us Alive (#1.1)}
  262. "Play for Today" (1970) {Waterloo Sunset (#9.13)}

Movies Produced

  1. The Planman (2003) (TV) (executive producer)
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