This morning we woke up crying. Just a few short days after losing icon David Bowie to cancer, we lost another to the disease. Alan Rickman was one of those actors who taught us to root for the villain. Long before the days of Hiddleston’s Loki, we looked to Rickman in roles like The Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves or Snape in Harry Potter, and found ourselves wrapped up in it all.
Looking at Facebook today, one can see all the lives he touched. For some, he was always Snape. For others, he was the cheating husband in Love Actually. For many he was (and will always be) the Metatron from Kevin Smith’s Dogma. He was Hans Gruber to so many of us this Christmas when we popped on Die Hard, and for the handful of people who watched the Tim Burton adaptation of Sweeney Todd, he WAS Judge Turpin to perfection. For those of us with Jane Austen love, he beautifully portrayed Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility. He had the gravitas to pull off a serious Shakespeare character, only to turn around and make us laugh with a witty quip. Rickman was class, skill and poise.
According to his publicist, Mr. Rickman died of cancer, surrounded by family and friends until the end. He was 69. Our hearts go out to him family, friends and fans.
Will we miss him? Always.
This one has a bit of language, so don’t watch with your kids or boss.