A Legend Passes… Alan Rickman of Die Hard, Galaxy Quest and Harry Potter, Dead at 69

A Legend Passes… Alan Rickman of Die Hard, Galaxy Quest and Harry Potter, Dead at 69

Alan Rickman will be missed. I enjoyed his performances immensely. Everything from Quigley Down Under, to Love Actually… from Galaxy Quest to Die Hard… he was epic and utterly delightful. No one was a better villain or a snarkier alien or a more powerful part of Harry Potter than Alan Rickman. It feels like an era has ended with his passing. He died of cancer at the age of 69 today. The man was incredibly talented and was also a filmmaker. Frequently charming in person, Rickman was, by his own account, uncompromising as an actor. I can’t believe he is gone.

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From Fox News:

British actor Alan Rickman, a classically-trained stage star and sensual screen villain in the “Harry Potter” saga and other films, has died. He was 69.

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Rickman’s family said Thursday that the actor had died after a battle with cancer.

Trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Rickman was often cast as the bad guy; with his rich, languid voice he could invest evil with wicked, irresistible relish.

His breakout role was as scheming French aristocrat the Vicomte de Valmont in an acclaimed 1985 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Christopher Hampton’s “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.”

Film roles included the psychopathic villain Hans Gruber in “Die Hard” in 1988; a deceased lover who consoles his bereaved partner in 1990’s “Truly Madly Deeply”; the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” in 1991; and a wayward husband in 2003 romantic comedy “Love Actually.”

Rickman is survived by his partner of 50 years, Rima Horton, whom he married recently. He became one of Britain’s best-loved acting stars thanks to roles including Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard. Harry Potter author JK Rowling led the tributes, describing him as “a magnificent actor and a wonderful man.” She wrote on Twitter: “There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death.” She added: “My thoughts are with [Rickman’s wife] Rima and the rest of Alan’s family. We have all lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts.” Alan was surrounded by friends and family as he passed from this world into the next. Rest in peace… he was one of a kind.

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Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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