It’s feeling like Hollywood cannot catch a break this month.
On the heels of the passing of David Bowie, Alan Rickman best known for his roles in Die Hard and the Harry Potter series has passed at 69 from cancer.
While Rickman may have made his fame playing bad guys in films such as the Sherriff of Nottingham in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and HBO’s Rasputin, he became an acclaimed director with films such as The Winter Guest and A Little Chaos both of which he wrote as well.
He was also an established stage actor who acted with the likes of Hellen Mirren in Cleopatra among others.
Personally, I always liked him for his performances of a seemingly devilish dry wit which can be seen in movies such as Galaxy Quest and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Not to mention little things like this:
Some memorable quotes:
On acting: All I want to see from an actor is the intensity and accuracy of their listening.
On his villains:
I am the character you are not supposed to like.
On the career of others:
From my experience, I think that every actor has to make sure that they’re in charge of their own career somehow or other.
On Harry Potter and Snape:
Three children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.
Mr. Rickman, you will be missed.