By Joe Young
It was announced that Alan Rickman, star of Die Hard, the Harry Potter series, and Love Actually, passed away from cancer this morning.
Rickman, best known for the complex villains he tended to play, was born in London and was creative since childhood, excelling in the arts during his education. He attended the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he studied Shakespeare.
His most famous works include the role of Hans Gruber in the unconventional Christmas film ‘Die Hard’, the sadistic, but well-intentioned Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series of films, the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Android in the 2003 film ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, and the clueless adulterer Harry in ‘Love Actually’. His twenty-eight year long career spanned some of the best films in British cinema, and catapulted him quickly to being a national treasure.
Rickman never won an Oscar, but did win other award including Golden Globes, having stated that “parts, not actors, win awards.”
Tributes have poured in from a variety of people:
“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.” – JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series of books
“Really sad to hear about Alan Rickman. Brilliant actor, deeply principled man. My heart goes out to Rima and his family.” – Ed Miliband, former Leader of the Labour Party
“What desperately sad news about Alan Rickman. A man of such talent, wicked charm & stunning screen & stage presence. He’ll be sorely missed” – Stephen Fry, actor and TV Presenter.
The final work he took part in was a short film called ‘This Tortoise Could Save a Life’ for Save the Children and Refugee Council.
He leaves behind first girlfriend and then wife Rima Horton, who he met when he was 19, and was in a relationship with ever since.