By Mandela Wells
One of Britain’s most beloved and renowned actors in the last 30 years has shockingly passed away today. Alan Rickman died today January 14th, of cancer at the age of 69. His death was confirmed by his family who said that he died “surrounded by family and friends.”
Rickman was known for having one of the most distinctive voices in the world and his many characters that were sometimes villainous but mostly complex. He also established his impressive reputation as an actor through his many works on stage in England as well as Hollywood.
Rickman began his career in the 70’s with many noteworthy plays and exclusive BBC productions such as “Les Liaisons Dangereuses“, “Romeo and Juliet“, “A View from the Bridge” and “As You Like It“. finally becoming a global star in 1988 with his performance in “Die Hard” as the evil Hans Gruber. Gruber became one of Rickman’s most popular characters in his career and it went on to be ranked the 46th best villain in film history according to the AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Heroes and Villains list.
Into the 90’s, Rickman delivered another beloved performance as the outrageous Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Theives”, cementing his status as one of the best actors to play a villain in history. He also starred in the Oscar nominated “Sense and Sensibility” and the following year Rickman portrayed Grigori Rasputin in the ’96 HBO TV film “Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny“. “Rasputin” landed him a Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG Award.
From 2001 to 2011 Alan Rickman played another character that would become one of his most famous in his career, Professor Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” Franchise. The role of the complex Defense against the Dark Arts teacher helped Rickman reach a new wave of fans to his already established career in acting.
Last year Rickman reunited with his “Sense and Sensibility” co-star Kate Winslet, for his second directorial effort, “A Little Chaos” which is a period piece set in the gardens of Versailles.
Everyone from Daniel Radicliffe, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson, J.K Rowling, Ang Lee and Richard E Grant and more have all expressed their sadness for the death of one of Britain’s most noteworthy actors.
He is survived by his wife Rima. He will be missed.