Robbie Coltrane

D.O.B: Mar 30, 1950 |  Rutherglen, Scotland, UK

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Robbie Coltrane, one of Britains 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. Coltrane was born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, a suburb of Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Biography

Robbie Coltrane, one of Britains 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. Coltrane was born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, a suburb of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. His mother, Jean Ross (Howie), was a teacher and pianist. His father, Ian Baxter McMillan, was a general surgeon who also worked for police pathology. Young Robbie was fond of art, music, films and cars. He was a voracious reader of his dads 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 and Orson Welles. He attended Glasgow Art School, majoring in drawing, painting and film, then studied art at Edinburghs 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 Edinburghs renowned Traverse Theatre. In 1980 Coltrane made his debut on television as Border Guard in BBCs mini-series The Lost Tribe (1980), then made his big screen debut as a limousine driver in Death Watch (1980).