Entertainment Icon Alan Rickman Dies at 69

The world’s heart aches as we mourn the loss of another iconic entertainment symbol. Early Thursday morning an announcement was made that Alan Rickman has died at age 69. According to his family, Rickman had been battling cancer.

Known for his booming voice and extraordinary stage presence, Rickman began his career performing on stage in London with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Since then, he had a prolific career in stage productions and in films. Rickman frequently played the role of the antagonist in films in which he starred due to his rich, languid voice; Hans Gruber, the villain in “Die Hard”, Harry, the cheating husband in “Love Actually”, and of course, Professor Severus Snape, in the “Harry Potter” series.

His role as the professor of dark arts and potions master was a tremendous part of his career. Rickman portrayed Snape so perfectly it was almost impossible for fans to decide whether he was a villain or a hero. This is what made Rickman such an essential part of the “Harry Potter” series; his sincere love for Harry, masked by his deep hatred, made for a roller coaster of extreme emotions throughout the movies.

Rickman will always be remembered as Professor Snape to many fans, but his career consisted of so much more than that. The way he absorbed each character he played is what made Rickman such an incredible talent and critically acclaimed actor.

Rickman wore many masks: stage actor, film actor, voice over actor, and director. Not only did he star in numerous movies, such as “Truly Madly Deeply”, “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”, and voice the character of Absolem in “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, Rickman was also the director of a few productions. His two most famous directorial productions are “A Little Chaos” and “The Winter Guest”.  His career was quite magical and the mark he made on the industry will never be forgotten.

Rickman is survived by his wife Rima Horton, and our deepest condolences are with his family and friends.

Rest in paradise, our sweet Half-Blood Prince. Your spirit lives on. Always.

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