A tribute to Alan Rickman : 1946-2016

A tribute to Alan Rickman : 1946-2016

A tribute to Alan Rickman : 1946-2016

Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara

15 Jan, 2016 | 12:57 am

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman will be more familiar to our younger readers as the anti-hero of the Harry Potter franchise Professor Snape, to our more seasoned readers Rickman will undoubtedly be remembered as the scheming villain who laid siege to Nakatomi Plaza in the original “Die Hard”.

world-without-harry-potter-gifs-snapeRickman’s death was confirmed on Thursday (14th Jan.) by his family who said that he died “surrounded by family and friends”. Rickman had been battling cancer prior to his demise at the age of 69 in London, England.

Born on the 21st of February 1946, Alan Rickman began his acting career a bit later than most. At the age of 26 he received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London which set him on his path to stardom and an acting career which lasted nearly 40 years.

His first love was the stage and as such got the opportunity to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company before moving onto to television projects UK and eventually Hollywood.  Before becoming a regular in Hollywood, Alan Rickman earned himself a Tony award nomination for his role in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” on broadway in 1987.

Enter Hans Gruber, 1988 was a career defining year for Alan Rickman as he earned his first Hollywood film role as a crisply dressed German terrorist alongside Bruce Willis’ John McClane in “Die Hard.”

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Rickman went onto to portray many iconic characters and through his journey picked up numerous accolades. In 1997 Rickman picked up the Golden Globe for Best performance by an Actor in a Mini Series, for his role in Rasputin. He also picked up a Prime Time emmy in 1996 for the same role. Rickman’s portrayal of the sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (1991) earned him a BAFTA award for the best supporting actor.

Rickman is undoubtedly a rare acting talent that we will all miss on the big screen from here on.

 

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