Alan Rickman of Die Hard and Harry Potter Fame Passes Away At 69

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Alan Rickman of Die Hard and Harry Potter Fame Passes Away At 69

Beloved actor and notorious on-screen villain Alan Rickman died today following a struggle with cancer.

Alan Rickman, one of Britain's most beloved actors, has passed away. His family made the announcement earlier today, revealing the cause of death as cancer. He was 69 years old.

Rickman started his career in theater, and eventually transitioned to TV dramas in the 1980s. But it wasn't until his film debut, Die Hard, that he found mainstream appeal - largely thanks to a chilling performance as Hans Gruber. Rickman proved highly capable of a threatening, yet intellectually sophisticated presence, making him an ideal candidate for on-screen villains. He won a BAFTA for his performance as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and was the primary antagonist of Sweeney Todd. He also lend that presence to Harry Potter's Professor Snape, creating a rich portrayal that was among the most memorable of his career.

While Rickman's film legacy may be filled with villains, those who knew him personally remember him as a friendly and charming man. James Phelps, who played as Harry Potter's Fred Weasley called Rickman "one of the nicest actors I've ever met. Thoughts and prayers with his family at this time."

His twin brother Oliver (who played as George) echoed those sentiments. "Terribly sad news about the passing of Alan Rickman," he said. "A funny and engaging person who put a shy young actor at ease when I was on Harry Potter."

However you remember Alan Rickman, be it as Hans Gruber, Professor Snape, or even his comedic turns in Love Actually or Dogma, one thing is clear - we've lost a genuine acting legend today. He will be deeply missed.

Source: BBC

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By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan, you shall be avenged!

Goddammit. Who's next? People have been dropping like flies lately.

I honestly would never of guessed that he was in 50's during Harry Potter, late 30's to 40's maybe yeh. He sure looked good for his age!

Rip Alan, you will be missed.

One of the greatest actors of our time. 2016 started off really shitty.

If this topic doesn't reach 394 pages I'll be very disappointed.

Fuck you, 2016! I'm really not liking you right now!

Goddammit 2016, did you have to kick start the new year with so much bad news. Every other celebrity who is 69 must be panicking right now.

Bummer. The first thing I remember him for is his voice work for marvin the manically depressed robot in the hitchhiker's guide movie. He managed to make what could have been a very annoying character into a charming little sob box. And then also hans gruber and snape etc etc. He was my favorite thing about the harry potter movies.

Well, at least he won't be in pain anymore. RIP.

Dalek Caan:
Goddammit 2016, did you have to kick start the new year with so much bad news. Every other celebrity who is 69 must be panicking right now.

I was about to ask wasn't that the same age David Bowie was at? According to IMDB others of that age include Tommy Lee Johns, Steven Spielberg, Tim Curry, Sally Field, Danny Glover and Donald Trump(we can only hope)

Damn, this has not been a good week for 69 year old british celebrity guys.

Rest in peace, you only needed the right role and you'd have gotten the Oscar.

Holy shit, cancer decided to collect. Lemmy, Bowie and now Alan Rickman, all british too and 70 give or take.

69 year old British dudes are bound to be quaking in their boots at this stage.

Stay safe Micky Rowzen.

Silentpony:

Dalek Caan:
Goddammit 2016, did you have to kick start the new year with so much bad news. Every other celebrity who is 69 must be panicking right now.

I was about to ask wasn't that the same age David Bowie was at? According to IMDB others of that age include Tommy Lee Johns, Steven Spielberg, Tim Curry, Sally Field, Danny Glover and Donald Trump(we can only hope)

Tommy Lee Jones is only 69? Holy crap, he looked that old in Space Cowboys back in 2000. He must spend a lot of time staring into the sun.

Holy shit, I didn't even know he was sick.

He ain't dead, God just needed her messenger back upstairs.

Now nobody be hitting him with a fire extinguisher when he gets back.

By Grabthar's hammer this sucks. Thanks Obama, get back to work on that cancer thing.

Ugh, fuck cancer, man, seriously.

Alan Rickman was awesome. Loved him in Galaxy Quest and Die Hard plus many other movies over the years.

By Grabthar's hammer, he will be missed.

Just watched Legend last night where he played an important role with the Kray twins. He was one of those underrated actors, like Philip Seymour Hoffman, only marginally less tragic circumstances considering Hoffman's passing. You shall live eternal in the characters you gave us. We thankyou for that. Underrated = underappreciated i guess technically.

Goddamnit, this year is starting off with a shitty note concerning deaths.

Rest in peace, good sir, and may a flight of snarky angels sing thee to thy rest.

Jesus Christ, by now Cancer should just pay its goddamn rent and fuck off

He was amazing in everything!
I'll remember Galaxy Quest, Dogma and Die Hard best of all. :(

Fucking cancer.

Farewell, mr. Rickman, you already are sorely missed.

*sigh* And there's our third. RIP, Mr. Rickman. Now it is more imperative than ever that I introduce my younger brother to the glory that is Die Hard.

2016 is not starting off great for England's National Treasure.. Damn it.

People like Rickman and Bowie give us so much that losing them when we imagine we could have had another decade with them makes me want to rail at the stars.

My less charitable nature says that Congress is full of men over sixty who aren't doing squat, but nooooo...

Damnit, this has not been a good start to this year in terms of stars dying off like this...

As many here have said, fuck off cancer and rest in peace Mr. Rickman.

I was more of a fan of Rickman than I was of Bowie but still...2016 hasn't even hit February and already it's been a pretty garbage year. He may be gone and he will be missed but at least I can always go back and re-watch Dogma, the Harry Potter series, Hitchhiker's Guide and, Die Hard.

fix-the-spade:
He ain't dead, God just needed her messenger back upstairs.

Now nobody he hitting him with a fire extinguisher when he gets back.

That right there...

Well 2015 ended on a sucker punch with Lemmy... but damn is 2016 just laying the boot in. Bowie and Rickman in a week. Seriously fuck cancer and fuck 2016.

Well this fucking sucks. Life just wants to keep reminding us of the mortality of humans doesn't it?

the antithesis:
By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan, you shall be avenged!

So you're going to cure cancer?

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Bowie dead of cancer at 69. Rickman dead of cancer at 69.

2016, you suck!

Farewell, Alan. You will be missed.

EDIT: On the plus side Dogma made #5 on this Top Ten list of non-Harry Potter Alan Rickman movies to watch.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2016/01/14/10-alan-rickman-movies-to-watch-besides-harry-potter/78787046/

I found out at work. God, I don't think I have ever heard the lab being that silent Everyone literally downed tools and looked at each other in absolute shock which gave way to mourning. RIP Mr Rickman, you were too good for this world...

Off to a great start 2016.

I think I speak for everyone when I say: "Fuck 2016. You're a shit year."

Oh, and:

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Man the bad news just keeps on coming in doesn't it? Truly a great actor and by the sounds of it a very admirable human being. I'm just stunned. Who's next?

Superbeast:
I think I speak for everyone when I say: "Fuck 2016. You're a shit year."

Oh, and:

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That rule of three thing with celbs is really is chilling sometimes eh?

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