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BBC - Alan Rickman Dies

 

 


Actor Alan Rickman, known for films including Harry Potter, Die Hard, Truly Madly Deeply and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has died at the age of 69.

The star was suffering from cancer, his family said.

 

He became one of Britain's best-loved acting stars thanks to roles including Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

He also won a Bafta for playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

 

A family statement said: "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends."

Other film credits included 1995's Sense and Sensibility and Michael Collins the following year, both of which earned him Bafta nominations.

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He will be seizing skyscrapers in the name of DDR in heaven now :(

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It's like, what the **** man?  All three (Lemmy, Bowie, and now Rickman) died within a month all at 69 from cancer (or had Lemmy already turned 70 by then?). 

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I think the terrorist attacks this week sealed it over this. But I will miss him as an actor

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Well, this blows. Best Die Hard villain, only good part of Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, only person on Earth that could have played Severus Snape, nailed Marvin in Hitchhiker's Guide, etc. he was always someone I loved to see in a movie, and even if the movie was subpar... He never was.

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It's like, what the **** man?  All three (Lemmy, Bowie, and now Rickman) died within a month all at 69 from cancer (or had Lemmy already turned 70 by then?). 

 

Lemmy had turned 70 about 4 days before he died (just as Bowie had turned 69 just two days before he did).

 

I really liked Alan Rickman; he was one of those actors who you always knew was going to be good in a movie - even if the movie itself maybe wasn't as good as you'd hoped it'd be.

 

RIP Mr. Rickman.

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Oh man, so many greats leaving us over the last couple weeks.  Rest in Peace Alan Rickman, may the greatest movie villain ever hold Nakatomi Tower hostage in heaven forever and may Mr. Cowboy never win.

 

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A bad year for the arts.

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This hurts the same as Christopher Lee. RIP Mr. Rickman.

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ALAN RICKMAN (1946-2016)

There is so much that is matchless to remember about Alan Rickman. His career was at the highest level, as actor on stage and screen and as director ditto. His last bequest of his film “A Little Chaos” and his indelible performance as Louis 14th, should now reach the wider audience they deserve.

 

Beyond a career which the world is indebted to, he was a constant agent for helping others. Whether to institutions like RADA or to individuals and certainly... to me, his advice was always spot-on. He put liberal philanthropy at the heart of his life. He and Rima Horton (50 years together) were always top of my dream-list dinner guests. Alan would by turns be hilarious and indignant and gossipy and generous. All this delivered sotto, in that convoluted voice, as distinctive as Edith Evans, John Gielgud, Paul Scofield, Alec Guinness, Alastair Sim or Bowie, company beyond compare.

 

When he played Rasputin, I was the Tzar Nicholas. Filming had started before I arrived in St Petersburg. Precisely as I walked into the hotel-room, the phone rang. Alan, to say welcome, hope the flight was tolerable and would I like to join him and Greta Scacchi and others in the restaurant in 30 minutes? Alan, the concerned leading man. On that film, he discovered that the local Russian crew was getting an even worse lunch than the rest of us. So he successfully protested. On my first day before the camera, he didn’t like the patronising, bullying tone of a note which the director gave me. Alan, seeing I was a little crestfallen, delivered a quiet, concise resumé of my career and loudly demanded that the director up his game.

 

Behind his starry insouciance and careless elegance, behind that mournful face, which was just as beautiful when wracked with mirth, there was a super-active spirit, questing and achieving, a super-hero, unassuming but deadly effective.

 

I so wish he’d played King Lear and a few other classical challenges but that’s to be greedy. He leaves a multitude of fans and friends, grateful and bereft.

 

-- Ian McKellen, London, 14 January 2016

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Worst. Year. Ever. And it's only been two weeks.

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It's like, what the **** man?  All three (Lemmy, Bowie, and now Rickman) died within a month all at 69 from cancer (or had Lemmy already turned 70 by then?). 

 

Club of 69.

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