Actor Alan Rickman, dead at 69, played heroes and villains
British actor Alan Rickman has died from cancer at 69. Though popular for playing antagonists in Hollywood blockbusters, his career included a diverse cast of characters.
Though known for playing antagonists, he's played a diverse cast of characters
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British actor Alan Rickman has died from cancer at 69. Though popular for playing antagonists in Hollywood blockbusters, as in the Harry Potter series and Die Hard, his career included a diverse cast of characters.
Years before he played opposite Bruce Willis as terrorist Hans Gruber, Rickman was a part of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He periodically returned to the theatre throughout his life, even after his success on the big screen.
He acted aside Emma Thompson as the romantic lead Colonel Brandon in 1995's Sense and Sensibility. He also played her husband in Love Actually.
Rickman had a deep, resonant voice, which often made him ideal for playing villains, as when he played the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. However, Rickman hadn't portrayed that kind of cackling antagonist since the 1991 film.
He's been a character actor, jumping into romantic and comedic roles when necessary.
A year after Sense and Sensibility, he played Grigori Rasputin in the HBO television film Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny.
He won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for playing the enigmatic Russian advisor.
Likely his most memorable role was Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series.
Snape is Hogwarts' potions teacher, with whom the young wizard has a difficult relationship.
As the series grew into eight films, Rickman got to see its actors grow up from children to young adults.
Rickman's last widely released film was A Little Chaos, which he co-wrote and directed and in which he played King Louis XIV. He's also recently appeared in Eye in the Sky, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, though his final film will be Alice Through the Looking Glass, to be released in May.
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