The World Remembers The Extraordinary Talent Of Alan Rickman

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Priyanka Prasad
Beloved British actor Alan Rickman just passed away due to cancer at 69, and a heartbroken world is reminiscing about his phenomenal talent.

Alan Rickman

It’s a sad beginning to 2016 as beloved British actor Alan Rickman just passed away at 69 due to cancer (mere days after revered musician David Bowie also passed away due to cancer at 69). Rickman may have been best known for his role as the complex Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series, but he has been a much-loved actor of film and stage for the past 30 years.

Rickman first became a film icon after his role as Hans Gruber in the 1988 Die Hard, which exemplified his exceptional range. He was extraordinary as both the heroic and villainous, from the nefarious Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, to the soft and romantic Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee’s Sense & Sensibility. His breadth of work earned him numerous accolades and nominations, though shockingly never an Academy Award.

For many, Rickman was a stalwart icon of film: with his rich, unmistakable voice and the warm presence he gave to any role, including the villains, he seemed utterly infallible. It’s difficult to imagine we will no longer be able to see him embody new characters.

Love and support poured out from Twitter, as fans reminisced about their favorite Rickman roles:

Many of his previous costars (including Potter alumni) and fellow actors similarly expressed their sadness at his passing and extreme fondness for him, both as an actor and a person:

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