Veteran actor Alan Rickman, one of the most beloved and warmly admired British actors of the past decade, has passed away in London at the age of 69.
On Thursday January 14th, 2016, Alan Rickman’s demise was confirmed by his family, who told that he died “surrounded by family and friends”. Reportedly, Rickman had been suffering from cancer.
A mega-star whose arch features and smooth voice were recognizable across the generations, Rickman was adored by the fresh legion of young fans for his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films.
JK Rowling, who wrote the Harry Potter books, paid tribute to the actors, She 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”, while Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore, said: “Everybody loved Alan. He was always happy and fun and creative and very, very funny.”
Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter in the films, wrote:
“Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny,” Radcliffe wrote. “And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.”
Rickman was known for his absolute brilliant performances in movies like “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” “Truly Madly Deeply” and “Sense and Sensibility,”.
Although he was never nominated for an Oscar, Rickman did win a BAFTA Award for supporting actor in “Robin Hood” and was nominated three other times, including for “Truly Madly Deeply,” in 1990, and “Sense and Sensibility” in 1995.
The British actor also won a Golden Globe in 1997 for best actor in the HBO biopic “Rasputin.”
Alan Rickman is survived by his wife, Rima Horton, whom he met when they were teenagers. The duo had no children.
Some memorable quotes by Alan Rickman:
“Talent is an accident of genes – and a responsibility.”
“I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously.”
Source : BBC