Alan Rickman has been ruling the hearts of the people for more than two decades. He is best known for his work as Professor Severus Snape. His character reached out as the strict professor taunting Harry Potter, not revealing his real self until the end of the series. Rickman, who was suffering from cancer, succumbed to the deadly disease at the age of 69.
He had a career spanning over decades in the television, theatre and film industry. Some of his best known works apart from Harry Potter are Robin Hood (1991) for which he won a BAFTA, Rasputin for which he won a Golden Globe in 1996 and Sweeney Todd (2007). His death has shaken up the film industry and his friends and colleagues have paid him a heartfelt tribute to him over social media.
His long time friend and co-star Emma Thompson said:
Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye. What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humor, intelligence, wisdom and kindness. His capacity to fell you with a look or lift you with a word. The intransigence which made him the great artist he was — his ineffable and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view. I learned a lot from him.”
The long-time friends co-starred in Ang Lee’s 1995 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility and have since appeared together in Judas Kiss, Love Actually, The Song of Lunch, and the Harry Potter films. Thompson also starred in Rickman’s 1997 directorial debut, The Winter Guest.
He had worked with a range of people during his Harry Potter Days, most of whom were younger than him and have immense respect for him. Several of his Harry Potter co-stars shared their feelings for him.
Daniel Radcliffe joined the cast when he was ony eleven years old and still remebers how Rickman never thought of him as a child but as a colleague.
Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the series, tweeted:
— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) January 14, 2016
Neville Longbottom, played by Matt Lewis, extends his hearfelt condolence over Instagram.
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I was at Leavesden Studios today when I heard the news. As I walked through the canteen I thought of Alan queuing up for his lunch with us mere mortals. I recalled the trailer in which he offered me some of the greatest advice I ever received about this mad profession we shared. Being back in those corridors made me remember a lot of things and I will treasure those memories all my life. He inspired my career more than he ever knew and I'll miss him.
Oliver Phelps and James Phelps who played the hilarious twins Fred and George Weasley expresses their grief.
Shocked & sad to hear Alan Rickman has passed away. One of the nicest actors I've ever met.Thoughts and prayers with his family at this time
— James Phelps (@James_Phelps) January 14, 2016
J.K Rowling, author of Harry Potter commented:
My thoughts are with Rima and the rest of Alan's family. We have all lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 14, 2016
Andy Signore tweeted:
What a truly sad day… Alan Rickman is a legend. Wanted to say something special. Rest in Peace good sir. pic.twitter.com/L99lweXlUq
— Andy Signore (@andysignore) January 14, 2016
Long-time friend and colleague from the industry Ian Mckellen shared his feelings on Rickman.
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There is so much that is matchless to remember about Alan Rickman. pic.twitter.com/x6cRB4VIIS
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) January 14, 2016
Rickman’s death has affected the entertainment industry on the whole. The death of a legend like Rickman was truly shocking to his contemporaries and juniors. The BBC paid tribute to him in the following words.
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) January 14, 2016
Rickman will be remembered as a versatile actor and a human being who was an inspiration to many.
To quote his words :
It would be wonderful to think that the future is unknown . . . . . .
If only life could be a little more tender . . . . . .
And truly, if only he could have stayed with us a little longer. CelebMix extends its heartfelt condolences to his family and audience.