It has been a tough month for “Harry Potter” fans. Previously RTM reported that Robbie Coltrane, 72, who played the lovable Hagrid character, passed away on Oct. 14. On Monday, veteran actor Leslie Phillips, known for his role as the Sorting Hat in three “Harry Potter” movies, passed away. He was 98 years old.
In addition to his portrayal as Hagrid, Coltrane was known for his role as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in the James Bond films, “The World Is Not Enough” and “GoldenEye.”
According to IMDB, Phillips is credited with 174 roles throughout his career. He is perhaps best known for his appearances in “Venus,” the “Carry On” franchise and “Doctor in the House.”
Fox News Digital was the first to confirm Phillip’s death. His agent, Jonathan Lloyd, announced Tuesday that Phillips died “peacefully at home” on Monday, telling Fox News:
“He was at peace and with his loving wife Zara. [He was] the best example of a true legend.”
Fox reported that “Phillips was born in Tottenham, North London, on April 20, 1924. He studied drama, dance, and elocution at the Italia Conti Stage School before serving as a lieutenant during World War II.”
After the war, Phillips returned to acting and secured lead roles on the stage and screen. His first big role was in 1957 when he was cast in “Les Girls” starring Gene Kelly.
Phillips joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1980s and, among other roles, played Falstaff in “The Merry Wives Of Windsor.”
Phillips is survived by his wife and four adult children from a previous relationship.
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