Jan 15, 2016 9:24AM

RIP: Remembering Alan Rickman


Beloved British actor Alan Rickman has passed away at the age of 69. The news was confirmed in a statement given by his family, and followed by an outpouring of grief and heartfelt tributes from friends and fans. "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69," said the statement. "He was surrounded by family and friends."

For many of us, it's his role in Harry Potter that's most memorable, in which he brought pathos and dignity to the character of Severus Snape. J.K. Rowling wrote, "There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death. He was a magnificent actor and a wonderful man," while Emma Watson said, "I feel so lucky to have worked and spent time with such a special man and actor."  

Daniel Radcliffe shared a longer tribute, which definitely will bring some tears to your eyes:

"Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also one of the loyalest and most supportive people I've ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I'm pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn't have to do that. I know other people who've been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say 'if you call Alan, it doesn't matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he's doing, he'll get back to you within a day.'

People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played, so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner (or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.

As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man."

Beyond Harry Potter, Rickman was memorable in so many of his roles: as criminal mastermind Hans Gruber opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard, as the campily evil Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and as the angelic being/very annoyed Voice of God in Dogma. Whether he was a romantic lead or a walk-on cameo, he pretty much stole every scene, mostly thanks to his amazing voice and near-Shakespearean delivery. Fellow Shakespearean actor Sir Ian McKellen shared a very touching message, saying, "Behind his starry insouciance and careless elegance, behind that mournful face, which was just as beautiful when wracked with mirth, there was a super-active spirit, questing and achieving, a super-hero, unassuming but deadly effective." Read the full post here.  

There's no summing up his brilliant career in a single post, but please join us in remembering some of his finest moments. 

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Nadia Bailey