Alan Rickman, 1946-2016

Alan Rickman As Hans Gruber In Die HardAlan Rickman, brilliant actor of stage and screen, died today after a long battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

Actor Alan Rickman, known for films including Harry Potter, Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has died at the age of 69, his family has said. The star had been suffering from cancer.

He became one of Britain’s best-loved acting stars thanks to roles including Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling led the tributes, describing him as “a magnificent actor and a wonderful man”.

Rickman had more acclaimed performances, and larger box offices hits, but I will always remember him as Hans Gruber, the deliciously evil villain from Die Hard. In a film full of great actors and solid performances, Rickman bested them all.

First David Bowie – who also died from cancer and was also 69 years old – and now Alan Rickman. This has been one awful week.

Rest in peace, Mr. Rickman. Thank you for the endless entertainment.

11 thoughts on “Alan Rickman, 1946-2016

  1. I was truly sad to hear about Rickman. I loved his acting. It’s been a tough week for various entertainers. My daughter loved Bowie and had her room decorated in posters of him and Adam Ant. Go figure.

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  2. He was the villain in my favorite movie of all time – Quigley Down Under with Tom Selleck. Rickman was seriously awesome in that and almost every movie in which he acted.

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    1. Very glad that you mentioned “Quigley Down Under”. Also one of my favorites. Too bad this one isn’t mentioned in any of his obits that I’ve see. His Elliot Marsden rivaled Hans Gruber in my book…………..

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  3. He was also the Mr. Spock-type character in Galaxy Quest.

    David Bowie was a part of my teenage years & Rickman was a part of my adult-hood. It’s a sad day.

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  4. RG – My mother adores that film, but I’ve never seen it. I’ll have to look it up.

    MelP – Terrific in Galaxy Quest, and what can you say about Bowie? He did it all, and his music was marvelous.

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  5. When I heard the news this morning, the first movie I thought of was Die Hard and the second was Galaxy Quest. He was great in so many films.

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