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Alan Rickman: An Obituary

Alan Rickman: An Obituary

By: Fatima Farah

Many are in mourning as legendary actor Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69.

Many are in mourning as legendary actor Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. 

He’s left a legacy in the British acting world, with his ability to transform into many different kinds of characters. He’s been in everything from Die Hard to Love Actually and his sheer range in roles showed the strength of his abilities as an amazing actor.

Fellow actors have been paying tribute to the missed actor. Richard E Grant wrote on twitter: "Farewell my friend. Your kindness and generosity ever since we met in LA in 1987 and ever since is incalculable." 

Stephen Fry wrote on twitter: "What desperately sad news about Alan Rickman. A man of such talent, wicked charm, and stunning screen and stage presence. He'll be sorely missed."

J.K Rowling, author of Harry Potter wrote on twitter in response to this sad news: “There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death."

To many he will be best known as Professor Severus Snape, the cold professor whose character has sparked many debates.

Harry Potter fans have also taken themselves to King’s Cross Station in London, which is the site of the platform 9 3/4 that is where Harry Potter’s journey began. They have laid flowers and created a mini memorial in tribute to Alan Rickman. 

This born and bred London star began his career by studying acting in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in the early 1970s. After graduating, he went on to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, before starring in winning roles in 70s and 80s TV dramas such as the BBC production of Romeo & Juliet, The Barchester Chronicles, and Smiley’s People.

The role that brought his attention to Joel Silver, the producer of Die Hard, was Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1986 on Broadway. This role brought him his first Tony Award nomination and led to him going on to bigger things.

Funnily enough he became best known for playing villains, examples of this include the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1991 adaptation of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

He was able to branch out, and play many different kinds of characters. He’s had the pleasure of starring in Love Actually, Sense and Sensibility, Galaxy Quest, Dogma, and many, many more.

Alan Rickman had a rich and fulfilling career and gained the love and support from many fans across different generations. He will certainly be missed.