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

Robbie Coltrane, the baby-faced comedian and character actor whose hundreds of roles included a crime-solving psychologist

the gentle half-giant Hagrid in the "Harry Potter" movies, has died. He was 72

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

J.K. Rowling tweet "an incredible talent, a complete one off."

Born Anthony Robert McMillan in Rutherglen, Scotland, Coltrane was in his early 20s

Coltrane's agent Belinda Wright said he died Friday at a hospital in his native Scotland

"Robbie was one of the funniest people I’ve met and used to keep us laughing constantly as kids on the set

"Potter" novelist J.K. Rowling said Coltrane was a one-in-a-million talent who always made coming to work fun.

Coltrane’s cause of death wasn’t immediately disclosed, though his agent Belinda Wright thanked the staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital

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