Alan Rickman, the well-known British actor most famous for his role as Professor Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” films, died Thursday, January 16, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.
Rickman was born on February 21, 1946, in Western London, and although he had an early interest in the field of acting, at 25 he graduated with a degree in graphic design. Years later, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and later claimed roles across multiple British television series. After years on both the stage and minor roles on television, Rickman
headed to Hollywood to attempt acting in film, and soon found himself as Hans Gruber, the lead villain in “Die Hard”. From there, Rickman’s reputation would skyrocket in the film industry.
The actor went on to portray many other characters, like the Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”, and Marvin, the Paranoid Android in the movie “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” . His successful career won him countless awards including a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his role as the evil Rasputin in “Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny”.
Although he has played countless roles in many different genres, Rickman is best known for his portrayal as Professor Snape, the Potions teacher at Hogwarts, who is very hostile towards Harry from the start of the series. However, as the story continues, Snape’s true beginnings are revealed, and many fans switched
their resentment of Rickman’s character to sympathy. His fantastic performance was a key factor in this change of heart, and is why he was so loved in the “Harry Potter” community, as well as throughout the film industry.
With final preparations being made for his funeral, many fans continue to mourn the great actor’s death and remember him for his incredible on-screen performances. While Rickman may be gone from this world, he lives on in the eccentric, stunning performances that will forever be remembered in the hearts and minds of his fans.
Even with Rickman’s death, there are a few movies that are a final testimony to the distinguished actor. “Eye in the Sky” planned to release in early March, shows Rickman as a Lieutenant General in command of a drone operation in Kenya. Following that will be “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, a sequel to “Alice in Wonderland”, with Rickman voice acting as the Blue Caterpillar.
Alan Rickman will be forever remembered and his life will live on on-screen. As he once famously quoted, “If people want to know who I am, it is all in the work.”