Saturday, 16 January 2016

In Memory of Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

Hello, fellow moviegoers, it is with great sadness that I bring you the news of English thespian Alan Rickman who died of cancer at the age of 69 on the 14th January 2016. The British actor Rickman was best known to many older audiences as the cold Slytherin teacher of Hogwarts, Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series. Other notable roles include the ruthless German terrorist Hans Gruber in 'Die Hard', the Sheriff of Nottingham in 'Robin Hood; Prince of Thieves', Jamie in 'Truly, Madly, Deeply', Colonel Brandon in 'Sense and Sensibility', Alexander Dane in 'Galaxy Quest', Harry in 'Love Actually', a reluctant recluse Alex Hughes in 'Snowcake' and Judge Turpin in 'Sweeney Todd'. My condolences to his family and friends who have stood by his side at the time of his passing. I will never forget the charisma, the ego and the sheer brutality that Rickman brought into his famous characters. 

Born on 21st February 1946 in Acton, London and raised by a working class family until the death of his father when he was about eight years old. After having graduated from two colleges and a drama school, Rickman went to work with British theatre groups and the Royal Shakespeare Company in stage productions and was briefly seen on television appearing in serials and a few episodes of TV shows for ITV and BBC. His stardom through the stage moved to the cinema where he was found by American Director - John McTiernan who was looking for an English actor to portray a foreign terrorist in a big budget action movie that is to be entitled 'Die Hard'. Rickman almost turned down the role in 'Die Hard' but after the release of his film debut, it catapulted him into his newfound fame at the age of 41. He began playing roles in a wide variety of characters in the films 'Truly, Madly, Deeply' and 'Sense and Sensibility' in romantic leads and as the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in 'Robin Hood; Prince of Thieves'.

After starring in lesser roles as Sir Alexander Dane in 'Galaxy Quest' and Metatron in 'Dogma', Rickman came to the attention of author J. K. Rowling and was her personal choice to portray the teacher of potions, Severus Snape in the movie adaptation series of Harry Potter. Beginning in 2001 where he first acted the character in 'The Philosopher's Stone' up until 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2', Rickman's portrayal was critically acclaimed throughout the entire series and was hugely unanimous for him to be part of the new generation of audiences who now adore him as the actor who plays Professor Snape. During his time as the character that he portrayed in the Harry Potter films, Rickman was also featured in films like 'Love Actually', 'Snow Cake' opposite Sigourney Weaver and Carrie Anne-Moss and as the Judge in Tim Burton's adaptation of 'Sweeney Todd' opposite Johnny Depp. He was also known for his soft-spoken deep voice which earned him parts for voice acting in other live-action movies such as the character Marvin the Android in 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' and as the Caterpillar in 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Alice Through the Looking Glass', the latter would be his final feature.

I'll never forget how important Rickman was to Professor Snape and other types of characters he played who were either villainous, depressed or sullen. Alan wherever you are, we miss you.

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