Farewell, Professor Snape: Alan Rickman dies at 69; Rest in Peace, Sir!

Posted on January 14, 2016

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The ‘Harry Potter’ star has passed away, it was confirmed Thursday.

by Alex JS, editing by Adam MS

British icon of stage and screen Alan Rickman has died. He was 69.

The actor’s reps confirmed to The Adam’s Corner that the actor had passed away on Thursday.

“The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends,” his family said in a statement.

Rickman, who rose to fame in Hollywood as the sharp-tongued baddie Hans Gruber in the first Die Hard film, was much-loved on both sides of the Atlantic, later adding to his list of on-screen antagonists when he played the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Price of Thieves, for which he won a BAFTA, and finding a new generation of fans as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series.

Speaking at a special BAFTA event held in his honor last year, Rickman said that he was offered the iconic role of Gruber – his first film role – after being in LA for just two days, adding that he was “extremely cheap” at the time.

Last year he released the period drama A Little Chaos starring Kate Winslet, his second stint as director after 1997’s A Winter Guest. His last film as an actor was to be Alice Through The Looking Glass, voicing Absolem the caterpillar again in the upcoming follow up to Disney’s 2010 hit Alice in Wonderland.

Although Rickman would never win an Oscar, he would add to his BAFTA win for Robin Hood with a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

On stage, however, he was arguably more celebrated than on screen, breaking through in 1986 in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The role would earn him a Tony nomination and see his co-star Lindsay Duncan say that his performance would have  most audience members leaving the theater wanting to have sex “and preferably with Alan Rickman.”

Other standout roles included playing Mark Antony alongside Helen Mirren’s Cleopatra in London, and in Noel Coward’s Private Lives, which would transfer to Broadway from the West End. He also directed the award-winning 2005 play My Name is Rachel Corrie about the American student who was killed by an Israeli Defense Force bulldozer in the Gaza Strip.

Rickman is survived by his wife Rima Horton, who he met as a teenager and married in New York in 2012.

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5 Responses “Farewell, Professor Snape: Alan Rickman dies at 69; Rest in Peace, Sir!” →
  1. DEAR LORD!!!! RIP Alan, thank you for the memories 😦

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  2. Potterheads

    January 14, 2016

    What a terrible news this is!

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  3. This is such a bad year already 😦 RIP Snape

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  4. RIP Alan Rickman 😦

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  5. I’ve never been THIS sad for someone I didn’t even know

    Reply

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