Alan Rickman 1946-2016


Alan Rickman, the man who brought Severus Snape to life on the big screen is dead. Long Live Professor Snape.

This has been a hard week. On Monday the world woke up and learned David Bowie had passed on. Today, the world woke up and discovered another giant, this time of the theaters and the big screen had also left us. Alan Rickman, known for his performances from GalaxyQuest to Love Actually to all eight Harry Potter movies as Professor Severus Snape, has passed away. He was 69.

The family statement reads: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”

Though Potter fans think of Severus Snape when they think of Rickman, he had a long and storied career prior to being cast in the Harry Potter series. Some of his most famous roles included Hans Gruber in Die Hard, the sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Col Brandon in Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility. Post Potter, he appeared as Ronald Reagan in The Butler, and Absolem the Caterpillar in Alice and Wonderland, a role he reprises in Alice Through The Looking Glass, which comes out later this year. He also is set to star in Eye In The Sky, the trailer for which only dropped a couple of weeks ago.

Rickman never won an Oscar in his lifetime, but has received Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Emmys for his work over his long career.

The acting world is devastated. Twitter reactions are still rolling in.

We close this obituary with Rickman’s parting words to Potter fans upon finishing recording his iconic turn as Snape.

Thank you, Professor.

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