Remembering Alan Rickman

As most of you know, British actor Alan Rickman died today at age 69 due to a struggle with cancer. Known for his roles as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Rickman was a well-known, well-respected actor.

Like many people my age, I grew up obsessed with the Harry Potter series. Professor Snape was not only an intriguing character who played an important role in the Potter family’s story, but he was also the morose and brilliant professor we loved to hate. Alan Rickman brought Snape to life, helping us see the emotional depth of this character on-screen rather than reading it in the books. Rickman’s portrayal of Snape’s sneering drawl, stone-cold glare and gloomy personality is unforgettable.

But Alan Rickman accomplished so much more than starring in the Harry Potter series in his 30 years of acting. From other movies to voice acting to directing as well as performing in stage plays, Rickman became an important part of the industry and one of the most respected British actors.

Rickman’s deep voice had become somewhat of a legend itself, too. From Professor Snape’s slow sneer to Hans Gruber’s menacing attitude, Rickman’s voice always got the job done. His voice inspired the “Rickman-off” between Jimmy Fallon and Benedict Cumberbatch on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, as well (It’s hilarious, and I highly recommend watching it - Alan Rickman’s interviews are great, too).

Alan Rickman had a love for acting and creating something to share with others. Although he usually played the bad guys, he was funny and loveable offscreen. He was ambitious, intelligent and inspiring while working in all different parts of the industry and influencing everyone he met.

He died surrounded by family and friends and lived a successful and happy life.

Rest in peace, Alan Rickman. Thank you for your incredible contributions to the world. You will be missed. Always.

 

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