I didn’t think I’d be writing two memorial posts in a single week. Or that I would loose two parts of my childhood at the same age, from the same thing. Alan Rickman passed away this morning at the age of 69 from cancer.
As with David Bowie, I grew up with Alan Rickman in films. I remember my sister’s favorite film for awhile was Robin Hood: Price of Thieves where Rickman played Nottingham and threatened to use a spoon on a Robin because it was dull and thus would hurt more
One of my favorite adaptations of Jane Austen had him as Colonel Brandon, an older man who falls in love with Marianne.
Coming out of High School there was Dr. Lazarus, from Galaxy Quest, Harry from Love Actually, and Marvin the depressed Robot from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
For many of my friends who liked Kevin Smith Films, he was also Megatron, the voice of God from Dogma.
However, I think for a entire generation he will always be Professor Snape. While over the years my love of Snape had decreased due to realising how much of creep he really was, Alan Rickman had me loving the morally grey character.
Also apparently he was the bad guy in Die Hard, but I’ve never watched Die Hard so I can’t really say anything about it. But now I have a reason to watch it.
2016 is taking a lot of legends in their field. Rest in Peace, Mr. Rickman. Thank you for your decades of Entertainment. You will be missed.