RIP Alan Rickman

by ChinaBambi

How can it be!? Two huge icons this week have passed from cancer, both aged 69. Bowie and now Alan Rickman. A sad start to the year as we have now lost not only a huge music icon but now an incredibly iconic actor. 😦

Alan Rickman: A life in pictures

Actor Alan Rickman, known for films including Harry Potter, Die Hard, Truly Madly Deeply and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has died at the age of 69. A family statement said: “He was surrounded by family and friends.”

Here are pictures of him in some of his best known roles.

Alan Rickman as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet
Alan Rickman began his film career as Tybalt in a BBC adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in 1978.
Alan Rickman and Janet Maw in a dramatisation of Anthony Trollope's stories The Barchester Chronicles
In 1982, Rickman appeared in another BBC dramatisation, The Barchester Chronicles, as Obadiah Slope, alongside Janet Maw. The cast also included Donald Pleasence, Nigel Hawthorne and Susan Hampshire.
Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman in Die HardMore television appearances followed – but, in 1988, he shot to fame as the villain in Die Hard. His portrayal of Hans Gruber opposite Bruce Willis’ first appearance as New York cop John McClane was a role he would never shake off, and he became seen as the perfect actor to portray the screen villain.
Juliet Stevenson as Nina and Alan Rickman as Jamie in Truly, Madly, Deeply
He showed his gentler side in films such as 1990s Truly Madly Deeply, when he starred as a ghost, alongside Juliet Stevenson playing a woman mourning the loss of her partner. He was nominated for a Bafta.
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Alan Rickman in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, 1991
A year later, though, he was back in the role of the villain, as the Sherriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, for which he won a Bafta. He is seen here with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio who played Maid Marian, with his main adversary, Robin Hood, played by Kevin Costner.
Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman in Sense and Sensibility, 1995He starred with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet (not pictured) in the 1995 film Sense and Sensibility.
Greta Scacchi and Alan Rickman in Rasputin, 1996In 1996 he won a Golden Globe for best actor in a miniseries or television film for the title role in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny in which he starred with Greta Scacchi.
Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman during a photo call rehearsal for Anthony and Cleopatra at the Olivier Theatre on London's South BankThe London-born actor began his career in theatre and was a regular on the stage, seen here with Helen Mirren during a photo-call rehearsal for Antony and Cleopatra at the Olivier Theatre on London’s South Bank.
Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Patrick Breen in galaxy Quest, 1999He took to the stars in Galaxy Quest, in 1999, alongside Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.But it was his role as Prof Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films that made him one of Britain’s best-loved actors and brought him to the attention of another generation of filmgoers.

Alan Rickman, 2001

Alan Rickman, 1946 – 2016

Severus Snape | Important Scenes in Chronological Order

Im not gonna lie.. I shed a few tears.. 😦

Just as it was hard for fans to let go of Snape as the films came to an end, it was even harder for the actor. As he left the dubbing studio for the last time back in 2011, he wrote this heartfelt last goodbye for Empire magazine:

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It reads: 

“I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for absolutely the last time. On the screen were some flashback shots of Daniel, Emma, and Rupert from ten years ago. They were 12. I have also recently returned from New York, and while I was there, I saw Daniel singing and dancing (brilliantly) on Broadway. A lifetime seems to have passed in minutes.

Three children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.

It is an ancient need to be told in stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo.”

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What a wonderful man. RIP Alan Rickman. One of the best voices in the acting industry.. never forgotten. I feel a need for an Alan Rickman film fest this weekend.

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