Acclaimed actor Alan Rickman has died at 69. The British star has been lauded over his three-decade career, and most notably as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series.
Playing a villain with an incredibly distinct voice was nothing new to Rickman. Before he was introduced to a new generation of fans in Harry Potter, he played Hans Gruber, Bruce Willis’ notorious nemesis, in Die Hard in 1988. And although he played bad so well, he was never pigeonholed. Rickman also starred in the holiday romantic comedy, Love, Actually.
His impact was certainly left on his Harry Potter co-stars, and the lessons he taught. “Actors are agents of change,” he said. “A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.”
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling tweeted her condolences.
Emma Watson shared a sweet Facebook tribute.
Radcliffe shared a touching tribute with fans on Google +.
Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that. I know other people who’ve been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say “if you call Alan, it doesn’t matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he’s doing, he’ll get back to you within a day”.
People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner(or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.
As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.
Rickman was battling cancer before his death on Thursday, Jan. 14. He’s survived by his wife, Rima Horton, after a 40-year romance.
SOURCE: The Guardian | PHOTO: Getty
31 Cool Behind The Scenes Photos From The Golden Globes Over The Years
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1. In 1962, Marilyn Monroe enjoyed all the attention.
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2. Lucille Ball and husband Desi Arnez chatted during a break in 1956.
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3. Dustin Hoffman flaunted his award in 1968.
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4. Barbara Streisand glowed at the 1969 Globes.
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5. Sonny and Cher made the crowd go wild as they arrived at the Globes in 1973.
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6. Preteen Michael Jackson took his parents as his date to the 1973 Golden Globes.
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7. A young Arnold Schwarzenegger shared laughs with Raquel Welch in 1977.
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8. Whoopi Goldberg chatted with fellow actors before hitting the carpet at the 1986 Golden Globes.
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9. Tom Cruise and Kate Winslet had a deep convo during the break.
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10. Former couple Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas announced the GG nominations in 1997.
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11. Kate Hudson got her party on at a Golden Globe after party in 2003.
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12. At the 1955 show, Judy Garland and Marlon Brando enjoyed good food and conversation during a break.
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13. Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay showed major affection backstage in 1958.
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14. Eva Mendes and Eva Longoria shared a laugh during the commercial in 2008.
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15. All laughs for Will Smith and Sacha Baron Cohen.
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16. The "30 Rock" crew posed for a group photo.
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17. Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony observed the crowd.
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18. Oh Hey, Beyonce and Prince.
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19. Penelope Cruz stopped by Meryl Streep's table for a chat.
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20. Gabourey Sidibe and Cameron Diaz greeted each other.
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21. Beyonce watched on and Jay Z and Jada conversed.
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22. Jack Nicholson and Eddie Murphy shared some laughs.
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23. Mark Walhberg greeted Brad and Angelina at their table.
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24. Good friends Jamie Foxx and Eva Longoria got to catch up.
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25. Matt Damon blessed Morgan Freeman and the rest of the table with some champagne.
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26. Quentin Tarentino and Sienna Miller shared some laughs.
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27. Samuel Jackson and his buddy Q got to catch up.
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28. Bromance moments with Mark Wahlberg and Adrien Grenier.
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29. Barbra Streisand showed off her many awards back in 1977.
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30. John Travolta watched the show with his date in 1979.
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31. A young Drew Barrymore impressed the crowd in 1983.
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