“Talent is an accident of the genes- and a responsibility.”- Alan Rickman.
Alan Rickman, much loved British actor, has passed at the age of 69 in London. His family confirmed that at his passing he was “surrounded by family and friends”. Rickman had been battling cancer. The actor made a name for himself on the stage by establishing himself as a very compelling talent. He would return to the stage multiple times throughout his career. His breakthrough came in 1986, during his performance of Valmont in Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The character was sardonic seducer which Rickman played to perfection. Lindsay Duncan, who played alongside Rickman said of his performance:
“[You] would leave the theatre wanting to have sex, and preferably with Alan Rickman.”
He would return to the stage as Mark Anthony opposite Helen Mirren’s Cleopatra, as the title role in Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman, and as a writing professor in Seminar on Broadway. Rickman enjoyed playing iconic villains as well as spending time on stage. His role as Hans Gruber alongside Bruce Willis in Die Hard gained him global acclaim in 1988. Gruber was a sardonic, sarcastic and wicked adversary. His portrayal of the sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) made fans both love and hate him.
In most recent years, Rickman has gained legions of fans in the form of Potter heads. His role as Severus Snape fooled fans into hating the man who worked for the Dark Lord. He made you believe that he had betrayed the side of good. As Snape, he brought fans to tears as he murdered Dumbledore on top of the tower and again as he spoke to Harry as he lay dying.
Mr. Rickman will be missed by fans across the world. His portrayal of loveable villains, helium voiceovers on late night talk shows and stage productions brought him fans of all ages. And when someone says:
“..After all this time.” It will forever be said “Always.”