Words pale in comparison to this legend's achievements. Most of the new generation knows him as the grumpy, Professor Snape from the Harry Potter franchise. But, Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was much more than that; a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company performing in both modern and classical theatre productions, he has acted in over 40 movies and various other theatrical productions.
Here are a list of 5 movies that will forever be in our hearts, reminding us how amazing an actor Alan Rickman was:
5. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
"Locksley, I'm gonna cut your heart out with a spoon!", screams Sheriff George of Nottingham. His portrayal of the Sheriff of Nottingham is one of the main reasons we still remember this movie; almost 25 years later.
4. Truly Madly Deeply (1990)
"Once upon a time there were two people in love, their names were Nina and Jamie. They were even happy enough to be able to live happily ever after, (not often the case) and then Jamie died.... ", so goes the plot summary of Truly Madly Deeply. Rickman puts in a terrific, heartbreaking performance. In fact, both the lead actors did a amazing job in this beautifully crafted movie.
3. Galaxy Quest (1999)
The funniest Alan Rickman movie in my opinion. Every single time he said "By Grabthar's Hammer", I laughed my ass off. Parodying television series such as Star Trek and its fandom, the film also stars Tim Allen & Sigourney Weaver as the cast of a defunct television series called Galaxy Quest, in which the crew of a spaceship embarked on intergalactic adventures.The film received critical praise and reached cult status through the years, becoming popular with Star Trek fans, staff, and cast members for its affectionate parody.
2. Harry Potter and the Many Sequels (2001-2011)
A saga spanning 8 films, adapted from one of the most beloved young adult books of all-time. Alan Rickman starred as Professor Severus Snape; the grumpy, sinister Hogwarts Potions master who we all knew, was up to no good. This will probably be the role he'll be best remembered for by our young generation.
1. Die Hard (1988)
His role in Die Hard as Hans Gruber, the German terrorist, earned him a spot on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains as the 46th best villain in film history, though he revealed he almost did not take the role as he did not think Die Hard was the kind of film he wanted to make.
Hans Gruber was terrific! When McClane happens upon Gruber at the roof and Gruber pretends to be an innocent victim by the name of "Bill Clay", you know he's no ordinary bad guy. Which was a rarity in the 80's.
Those are the roles that I'll remember Alan Rickman for.
The Prince's Tale was probably the most gut-wrenching chapter of the entire Harry Potter series. I still remember reading that and shedding a tear for Professor Snape's awesome character. I can't think of anyone else who could've played that role better.
Alan Rickman has truly made our cinematic experience more rich and vibrant. Rest In Peace Dear Sir, you will be sorely missed; Thank you for everything.
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