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January has been a tough month already in the world of entertainment. On Sunday, we learned that the legendary pop icon David Bowie passed away (rest his soul), and now today, just days later, Alan Rickman, the great actor and director best recognized as Professor Snape in Harry Potter, has also passed on. Both had been in a long time battle with cancer. As sad as we all are to learn of his death, we want to take this time to remember Alan Rickman in some of his greatest roles:
1.Alan Rickman’s big break came when he starred in the stage production Les Liasons Dangereuses in 1985 (for which he was a nominated a Tony Award), but he gained wider attention when he starred in the 1988 action film Die Hard, playing the villain, Hans Gruber, opposite Bruce Willis.
Fun fact: Rickman almost turned down the role for this movie, and recalled thinking “What the hell is this? I’m not doing an action movie.” (But thank goodness he didn’t!)
2.Love Actually (2003) is a movie that will probably never go away, because it’s practically the go-to holiday romance movie to watch every Christmas. Rickman plays Harry, an unfaithful husband who breaks his wife’s (Emma Thompson) heart by having an affair with his secretary. He plays the role so well that you almost really want to hate him. (But really, who could ever hate this face?)
(Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman in Love Actually.)
Read Emma Thompson’s emotional tribute to Rickman:
“Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye,” Thompson, 56, wrote. “What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humour, intelligence, wisdom and kindness. The intransigence which made him the great artist he was – his ineffable and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view.”
3. Galaxy Quest (1999) reminds us that Rickman can do it all. Breaking out from his usual roles as the villain, Rickman stepped into the world of comedy and starred as Alexander Dane, a Sci-Fi movie actor (and proved that he’s actually very funny.)
4. I bet you didn’t think we’d include Quigley Down Under (1990). (Wait what? What’s this movie?!) Quigley Down Under is an Western film set in Australia in which Rickman plays yet again another movie villain, Elliot Marston. Marston is an Australian land owner and tyrant who hires an American sharpshooter named Quigley (Tom Selleck) to help him kill the Aborigines. This is probably one of his most underrated performances ever.
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5. And last but not least- it’s no doubt that his most iconic role has been as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter franchise (2001-2011). Throughout the films, we see Snape go from being the seemingly cold-hearted, dark villain to the antagonistic hero who would sacrifice everything for those he cared about. All Potter fans can agree that Professor Snape tugged at our heart strings and changed the way we view “villains” forever. Here are some of his best moments as Snape:
Read Daniel Radcliffe’s moving tribute to Rickman:
“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.”
RIP Alan Rickman, you will truly be missed.