BY SHAMAN MOMOH
A respected, widely-loved, legendary British actor, Alan Rickman, has died in London today at the age of 69. According to Rickman’s family, the stage and screen actor died surrounded by family and friends.
Rickman who is well known for his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films had been suffering from cancer. Author of the Harry Potter books, JK Rowling said, “There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man.”
The actor’s break came when he played Hans Gruber in Bruce Willis’ Die Hard in 1988. He also played the role of outrageously funny Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves.
On stage, Rickman was Vicomte De Valmont in the stage version of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1085. According to The Guardian, “After each performance, audiences were said to emerge from the theatre secretly and not so secretly longing to have sex — most of them with Alan Rickman.“
Some of his other memorable stage performances include Mark Antony in Cleopatra at the Olivier Theatre in London, and the title role in Henrik Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 2010.
He dropped a voiceover for a short film, This Tortoise Could Save a Life, in aid of Save the Children and Refugee Council which was released in December, 2015. This turned out to be his last job.
Watch some of his great performances below: