The beloved Harry Potter alumni, Alan Rickman, known for playing the dark and mysterious Professor Severus Snape, has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 69. His family and friends were with him when he passed.
Rickman had a long career as a thespian before his iconic Harry Potter role, which is what millennials will likely remember him for.
“Known for his distinctive basso voice and a keen talent brought to every role, Rickman had early success as villains like Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Sheriff George of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and later as the title character in the HBO movie Rasputin, for which he won his only Golden Globe. He had a knack for the classics as well, both on stage (he won a Tony for his role in Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1987) and on screen (he played a memorable Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility).”
While widely known the darkly serious Snape, Rickman had the capacity for come comic gold and even played a parody of himself in Galaxy Quest.
There are currently two unreleased Rickman films – Eye in the Sky (March 11), and Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27). He reprised his role as the voice of the Blue Caterpillar for the second Alice film. RIP, Alan – our thoughts go out to your family and friends.