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Alan Rickman has passed away at age 69

01.14.2016

Alan Rickman

We're sad to report that Alan Rickman has passed away at 69 after a battle with cancer. His death was confirmed earlier today by his family.

The British actor's breakout role was as Vicomte de Valmont in the 1985 RSC production of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," however most will remember Rickman for his performances as the villainous Hans Gruber in DIE HARD and the ambiguous Dark Arts teacher Severus Snape from the Harry Potter film series.

Rickman's other notable movie credits include Sheriff of Nottingham in ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, Alexander Dane/Dr. Lazarus in GALAXY QUEST, the angel Metatron in DOGMA, and Harry in LOVE ACTUALLY. The actor also provided the voices of Absolem the Caterpillar in Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND and Marvin the clinically depressed robot in THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, and won an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Rasputin in the 1996 HBO TV movie RASPUTIN: DARK SERVANT OF DESTINY.

Rickman was most recently seen in A LITTLE CHAOS, which he also directed. His final acting roles were in Gavin Hood's EYE IN THE SKY and ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, and both films are scheduled to open later this year.

R.I.P. Alan Rickman (1946 - 2016)

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1:52PM on 01/15/2016

Unbelievable! Miss you a lot Alan

Wow, this is a tragic loss. Both Rickman and Bowie within days of each other. Both die from cancer. Both at age 69!
Wow, this is a tragic loss. Both Rickman and Bowie within days of each other. Both die from cancer. Both at age 69!
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8:58AM on 01/15/2016

FUCK 2016

... And the WORST is that it's only the FIRST HALF of the FIRST MONTH !
Yeah, definitively, FUCK 2016 !
... And the WORST is that it's only the FIRST HALF of the FIRST MONTH !
Yeah, definitively, FUCK 2016 !
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11:29PM on 01/14/2016
Wow first David Bowie, and now Alan Rickman. RIP guys! Prayers go out to your family and friends.
Wow first David Bowie, and now Alan Rickman. RIP guys! Prayers go out to your family and friends.
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9:20PM on 01/14/2016

Awful

He was one of my all time favorite movie villains. You could always pick him out with that amazing voice. I'll really miss his presence in film...
He was one of my all time favorite movie villains. You could always pick him out with that amazing voice. I'll really miss his presence in film...
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7:31PM on 01/14/2016

Terrible News...

God bless and all my thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.

RIP.
God bless and all my thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.

RIP.
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5:35PM on 01/14/2016
"By grabthar's hammer, what a savings..."
Damn it, thats two greats in one week. He will be missed
"By grabthar's hammer, what a savings..."
Damn it, thats two greats in one week. He will be missed
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5:28PM on 01/14/2016
What a loss. Seems to be lately we are losing some of our very best, but often underused talents. My favorite roles for him were Robin Hood, Bottle Shock, and Galaxy Quest. Also, he has the lead in CBGB which is currently on Netflix, and its absolutely great. A highly recommended watch! Watch for another Harry Potter character playing one of the most punk rock roles of all time!
What a loss. Seems to be lately we are losing some of our very best, but often underused talents. My favorite roles for him were Robin Hood, Bottle Shock, and Galaxy Quest. Also, he has the lead in CBGB which is currently on Netflix, and its absolutely great. A highly recommended watch! Watch for another Harry Potter character playing one of the most punk rock roles of all time!
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5:00PM on 01/14/2016
So terrible to lose two great men in the same week to the same disease. Let's hope we find a cure soon. Anothers cheers to another legend.
So terrible to lose two great men in the same week to the same disease. Let's hope we find a cure soon. Anothers cheers to another legend.
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4:59PM on 01/14/2016
Loved him in every part I saw him play. What a loss. RIP
Loved him in every part I saw him play. What a loss. RIP
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4:31PM on 01/14/2016
First Bowie and now Rickman - terrible news week for movies. Rickman redefined what a villain was with Gruber and also gave Snape the emotional depth the character needed. What a fabulous actor and how sorely both will be missed RIP Snape :(
First Bowie and now Rickman - terrible news week for movies. Rickman redefined what a villain was with Gruber and also gave Snape the emotional depth the character needed. What a fabulous actor and how sorely both will be missed RIP Snape :(
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4:01PM on 01/14/2016
Alan Rickman was one of those actors who made every movie he starred in thoroughly entertaining. He will always be one of my all-time favorites. Godspeed, Mr. Rickman.
Alan Rickman was one of those actors who made every movie he starred in thoroughly entertaining. He will always be one of my all-time favorites. Godspeed, Mr. Rickman.
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3:04PM on 01/14/2016

Great actor!

Will be sorely missed!
Will be sorely missed!
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2:10PM on 01/14/2016
Seriously, fuck this year.
Seriously, fuck this year.
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2:01PM on 01/14/2016
Fuckin' cancer.
Fuckin' cancer.
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1:55PM on 01/14/2016
RIP Alan Rickman. You were one of the legends.
RIP Alan Rickman. You were one of the legends.
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1:48PM on 01/14/2016

Shoot the glass...

R.I.P Mr. Rickman.
If I knew nothing about him as an actor, I can tell how well-respected he was by reading the comments. He was truly one of the Greats, and usually stood out in any movie he was in. He was the sole reason I started watching Harry Potter, and as expected, didn't disappoint. I plan on honoring his memory by watching 2 of my favorite Alan Rickman movies tonight- Die Hard and Galaxy Quest.
R.I.P Mr. Rickman.
If I knew nothing about him as an actor, I can tell how well-respected he was by reading the comments. He was truly one of the Greats, and usually stood out in any movie he was in. He was the sole reason I started watching Harry Potter, and as expected, didn't disappoint. I plan on honoring his memory by watching 2 of my favorite Alan Rickman movies tonight- Die Hard and Galaxy Quest.
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12:11PM on 01/14/2016
By Grabthars Hammer....by the Sons of [link] Remembered!!!

R.I.P Mr Rickman
By Grabthars Hammer....by the Sons of [link] Remembered!!!

R.I.P Mr Rickman
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11:47AM on 01/14/2016
By GRABTHAR's Hammer, by the sons of Worvan, you shall be remembered forever Alan. R.I.P.
By GRABTHAR's Hammer, by the sons of Worvan, you shall be remembered forever Alan. R.I.P.
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11:25AM on 01/14/2016

R.I.P.

Ah this week really sucks. First Bowie and now Rickman. My mother always said these comes in threes, who is the next talent we are going to lose?
Ah this week really sucks. First Bowie and now Rickman. My mother always said these comes in threes, who is the next talent we are going to lose?
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1:02PM on 01/14/2016
The third would be Angus Scrimm, or better known as the Tall Man from Phantasm
The third would be Angus Scrimm, or better known as the Tall Man from Phantasm
4:04PM on 01/14/2016
Also Brian Bedford :(
Also Brian Bedford :(
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10:58AM on 01/14/2016

He was so good in everything....

It's sad we didn't get to see him in more films. Every line was delivered like it was personally meaningful to him. There isn't a single film where I felt like he was cashing a check. He will be so missed.....
It's sad we didn't get to see him in more films. Every line was delivered like it was personally meaningful to him. There isn't a single film where I felt like he was cashing a check. He will be so missed.....
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10:49AM on 01/14/2016
I literally just watched Sweeney Todd Sunday night for the fact I haven't seen Rickman in anything for the longest time. Obviously without me knowing, he was battling caner. Very very sad day :-(
I literally just watched Sweeney Todd Sunday night for the fact I haven't seen Rickman in anything for the longest time. Obviously without me knowing, he was battling caner. Very very sad day :-(
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10:42AM on 01/14/2016

THATS ENOUGH 2016

The Tall Man, Bowie, and now Alan Rickman? Fucking hell.
The Tall Man, Bowie, and now Alan Rickman? Fucking hell.
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11:38AM on 01/14/2016
Aww shit, Angus Scrimm? I didn't even hear that!

CRAP.
Aww shit, Angus Scrimm? I didn't even hear that!

CRAP.
10:28AM on 01/14/2016
While I love him both in Potter series and Die Hard, I loved his role Galaxy Quest the best. He will be missed.
While I love him both in Potter series and Die Hard, I loved his role Galaxy Quest the best. He will be missed.
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10:22AM on 01/14/2016
Happy trails Hans.
Happy trails Hans.
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12:42PM on 01/14/2016
Well said.
Well said.
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10:16AM on 01/14/2016
This news broke out when the Oscar-nominations were announced, which reminded me, Alan Rickman was never nominated for an Academy Award. But you know what? It doesn't matter. He didn't need any award to prove us he was a good actor, because we knew he was great.
This news broke out when the Oscar-nominations were announced, which reminded me, Alan Rickman was never nominated for an Academy Award. But you know what? It doesn't matter. He didn't need any award to prove us he was a good actor, because we knew he was great.
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10:25AM on 01/14/2016
Well said.
Well said.
10:18PM on 01/14/2016
Oscars are trivial. When I say Hans Gruber died everyone knows who I am talking about. That in itself is more than an Oscar. Legendary roles don't need to be kept in the books because people still talk about them years/decades later.
Oscars are trivial. When I say Hans Gruber died everyone knows who I am talking about. That in itself is more than an Oscar. Legendary roles don't need to be kept in the books because people still talk about them years/decades later.
10:12AM on 01/14/2016
The best usually seem to go in threes. Lemmy, Bowie, & now Rickman R.I.P.
The best usually seem to go in threes. Lemmy, Bowie, & now Rickman R.I.P.
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10:43AM on 01/14/2016
Fours: Angus Scrimm.
Fours: Angus Scrimm.
4:04PM on 01/14/2016
Also Brian Bedford as well :(
Also Brian Bedford as well :(
9:58AM on 01/14/2016
First, David Bowie. Now, Alan Rickman. Not a great start for 2016. Mr. Rickman will be dearly missed. Personally I think he's the best actor in portraying villains - so good that you can't hate those villains but to cheer for them. May you rest in peace, Mr. Rickman.
First, David Bowie. Now, Alan Rickman. Not a great start for 2016. Mr. Rickman will be dearly missed. Personally I think he's the best actor in portraying villains - so good that you can't hate those villains but to cheer for them. May you rest in peace, Mr. Rickman.
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9:49AM on 01/14/2016

A rough week for London

First Bowie, now Hans Gruber.
I am truly saddened by this. "Brilliant" as an actor may be an understatement. Sorry boys, I never got into Harry Potter, but I heard he was fantastic. He will always be villain number one in my mind between Die Hard and Robin Hood. And he was hilarious in Galaxy Quest. I don't know where he'd have been cast, but I always held out hope that the MCU could find a spot for him to play one bad ass baddie...
First Bowie, now Hans Gruber.
I am truly saddened by this. "Brilliant" as an actor may be an understatement. Sorry boys, I never got into Harry Potter, but I heard he was fantastic. He will always be villain number one in my mind between Die Hard and Robin Hood. And he was hilarious in Galaxy Quest. I don't know where he'd have been cast, but I always held out hope that the MCU could find a spot for him to play one bad ass baddie...
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9:46AM on 01/14/2016

I am going to count to three, there will not be a four

Check out an early 80s BBC series he did called The Barchester Chronicles, he played the Reverend Obadiah Slope. Brilliant portrayal.
Check out an early 80s BBC series he did called The Barchester Chronicles, he played the Reverend Obadiah Slope. Brilliant portrayal.
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9:46AM on 01/14/2016

Rest in Peace, Mr. Rickman!

I feel very lucky today that back in 2004 I got to see him and Lindsay Duncan in a revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives." The cult of personality surrounding this man's acting makes this a particularly cruel follow-up to David Bowie.

At the end of 2015, I was surprised how many of the celebrities who passed were actually quite old. 69 isn't exactly a spring chicken, but I have a feeling 2016 is going to be another banner year for famous deaths.
I feel very lucky today that back in 2004 I got to see him and Lindsay Duncan in a revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives." The cult of personality surrounding this man's acting makes this a particularly cruel follow-up to David Bowie.

At the end of 2015, I was surprised how many of the celebrities who passed were actually quite old. 69 isn't exactly a spring chicken, but I have a feeling 2016 is going to be another banner year for famous deaths.
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9:45AM on 01/14/2016
Damn you McClane!!!!
Damn you McClane!!!!
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9:26AM on 01/14/2016

One of the greats

Always been one of my favorites. He was always one of the best. Such a brilliant actor. He enhanced so many of my favorite movies.
Always been one of my favorites. He was always one of the best. Such a brilliant actor. He enhanced so many of my favorite movies.
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9:24AM on 01/14/2016
This is such awful news; he was such a great actor and was in several of my favorite films. He will be missed deeply.

RIP kind sir.
This is such awful news; he was such a great actor and was in several of my favorite films. He will be missed deeply.

RIP kind sir.
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9:14AM on 01/14/2016
Galaxy Quest was the film where I "discovered" Alan Rickman. How little I knew. He was a favorite from then on, and I accustomed myself to his work from there on. The man was a gem.
Galaxy Quest was the film where I "discovered" Alan Rickman. How little I knew. He was a favorite from then on, and I accustomed myself to his work from there on. The man was a gem.
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9:12AM on 01/14/2016

RIP

Terrible news. And so soon after David Bowie.
Time to watch Galaxy Quest, I guess.
Terrible news. And so soon after David Bowie.
Time to watch Galaxy Quest, I guess.
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9:24AM on 01/14/2016
This year sucks so far.
This year sucks so far.
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