Today, we mourn the loss of Alan Rickman, who died at the age of 69 in London. He was a versatile actor who starred in dozens of films and plays on both sides of the Atlantic. While he is known to almost everyone as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, Rickman leaves behind an impressive body of work to be discovered. Among them:
Die Hard. Rickman’s first role in an American film, he is perfect as Hans Gruber, the wicked foil to John McClane (Bruce Willis).
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Rickman won a BAFTA award for his supporting role as Sheriff George of Nottingham in this Kevin Costner adaptation.
Sense and Sensibility. His performance as Colonel Brandon in Emma Thompson’s adaptation of the classic novel is lovely.
Michael Collins. Rickman earned another BAFTA nomination for his portrayal as Eamon de Valera in this Irish political thriller.
Galaxy Quest. He showed a flair for comedy as Shakespearean trained turned soap opera star Alexander Dane in this affectionate sci-fi parody.
Love Actually. Don’t miss his performance as Emma Thompson’s unfaithful husband in what has become a beloved holiday classic.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. There’s no better showcase for Rickman’s distinctive voice than this, as the hilariously downbeat voice of Marvin the robot.
A Little Chaos. In his second (and final) film in the director’s chair, Rickman plays King Louis XIV as he presides over the building of the garden at Versailles.
In talking to someone today about Rickman’s death, their initial remark was “he’s a great villian.” Rickman would beg to differ, since he once said “I don’t play villains, I play very interesting people.” Indeed.
R.I.P. Mr Rickman.