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We Celebrate Alan Rickman: 1946 – 2016

Alan Rickman

For the second time this week, cancer has ended the life of another of Britain’s most successful entertainers. Actor Alan Rickman, best known for his work in the Harry Potter series, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Die Hard, has sadly passed away at age 69.

According to the BBC, Rickman had been battling cancer and was surrounded by friends and family at the time of his passing. Rickman is survived by his wife, Rima Horton.

In most recent years, Rickman became widely recognizable for his role as the terrifying, but ultimately trustworthy Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series.

Romance fans will recognize Rickman from his roles in Truly Madly Deeply, Sense and Sensibility with Kate Winslet and Love Actually.

Love Actually

Comedy lovers got to enjoy Rickman on screen in Kevin Smith’s Dogma, where he played opposite Chris Rock, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Rickman Dogma

Rickman’s accomplished career began in the theatre, working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and then moving on to TV and film. Two of Rickman’s best known roles include villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Sheriff George in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, a role that won him a BAFTA award in his native UK.

Rickman’s most recently released film had him teaming up once more with his Sense and Sensibility co-star Kate Winslet in A Little Chaos. The film, which was also directed by Rickman, was released in late 2014. Rickman also has two films scheduled to be released later this year, including Eye In The Sky with Helen Mirren.

Often thought of as a serious actor for the characters he portrayed on film, Rickman also had a wonderful sense of humour. In one of his last appearances on late night TV in North American, Rickman hilariously confronted Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon about his ‘Rickman-off’ with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Fans and co-stars of the Golden Globe and BAFTA winning performer have taken to Twitter to express their condolences and share their happy memories of Rickman.

I'm very sad to hear about Alan today. I feel so lucky to have worked and spent time with such a special man and actor. I'll really miss our conversations. RIP Alan. We love you

Posted by Emma Watson on Thursday, January 14, 2016

I admired you so much Mr Rickman. Such a class act ❤️

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Damn!!! Rip Alan Rickman!! Thank you for all your great work over the years, you will be missed !! ⚡️

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One of my favorite people who ever lived has died. The legendary #AlanRickman played Metatron, the Voice of God, in my…

Posted by Kevin Smith on Thursday, January 14, 2016

So sad. RIP Alan Rickman

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