Harry Potter Actor Alan Rickman Passes Away at 69

The world lost an amazing actor today. Alan Rickman, who was known for playing many characters adapted from books, had been suffering from cancer and died surrounded by his family and friends in London. The incredible actor was well-known for playing roles such as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series; German terrorist Hans Gruber in Die Hard; and, Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility. 

Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon in Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’

However, Rickman was much more than just a film actor. He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed in plays including Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It­, additionally starring in the BBC’s 1978 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet as Tybalt. Rickman’s range was extensive—playing everyone from romantic leads to evil geniuses.

His roles in book adaptions include Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (1978); the Rev. Obadiah Slope in The Barchester Chronicles (1982); the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Price of Thieves (1991); Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility (1995); Severus Snape in all eight of the Harry Potter films (2001-2011); Marvin the Paranoid Android in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005); Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2005); and, the Blue Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (which will be released this year). 

Author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling, tweeted about Rickman this morning: 

We’ll always remember Alan Rickman and his wonderful contributions to the world.

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