Leilani

By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

A Look Back At Alan Rickman’s Career In 65 Emotional Photos.

Alan Rickman, British actor and director known for his roles as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, died in London on Thursday at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends, according to a family statement, and had been privately battling cancer.

Also a talented stage actor, he received a Tony Award nomination for his role as Vicomte de Valmont in Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1985 production of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses." The play was later moved to Broadway, a stage the actor would later return to in 2002 and 2011.

Longtime friends, former co-stars, and fans have responded to the news with heartbreak.

"There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death," J.K. Rowling wrote on Twitter. "He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man."

In the same hour, she added, "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."

Although Rickman recently married Rima Horton in a secret wedding in 2012, the couple were together for 50 years. They first met when Horton was 18 and Rickman 19.

Close friend Emma Thompson, who worked with him in films such as Sense and Sensibility and Love Actually, expressed, "He was, above all things, a rare and unique human being and we shall not see his like again."

Sir Ian McKellen, who played Tsar Nicholas II to Rickman's award-winning role as Rasputin, posted to Twitter as well.

"Behind his starry insouciance and careless elegance, behind that mournful face, which was just as beautiful when wracked with mirth, there was a super-active spirit, questing and achieving, a super-hero, unassuming but deadly effective."

And finally, if you should find your heart breaking more and more at the loss of this great talent -- his entrancing voice accompanied by strategic pauses that put you on edge every single time -- remember this quote by Rickman himself: "If people want to know who I am, it is all in the work."

You can always learn more about Alan Rickman through his acting career, which spans more than 40 years:

Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet (1978)

Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet (1978)

BBC

Vidal in Thérèse Raquin (TV Mini-Series, 1980)

Vidal in Thérèse Raquin (TV Mini-Series, 1980)

BBC

Clive in Shelley (TV Series, 1980)

Clive in Shelley (TV Series, 1980)

Thames Television

Mr. Brownlow in Smiley's People (TV Mini-Series, 1982)

Mr. Brownlow in Smiley's People (TV Mini-Series, 1982)

Obadiah Slope in The Barchester Chronicles (TV Mini-Series, 1982)

Obadiah Slope in The Barchester Chronicles (TV Mini-Series, 1982)

BBC

Simon in Busted (TV Movie, 1983)

Simon in Busted (TV Movie, 1983)

BBC

Croop in Summer Season (TV Series, 1985)

Croop in Summer Season (TV Series, 1985)

BBC

Voice of RADA / Dimitri in Girls on Top (TV Series, 1985)

Voice of RADA / Dimitri in Girls on Top (TV Series, 1985)

Central Independent Television

Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988)

Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988)

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Ed in The January Man (1989)

Ed in The January Man (1989)

MGM

Colin in Theatre Night (TV Series, 1985)

Colin in Theatre Night (TV Series, 1985)

BBC

Israel Yates in Screenplay (TV Series, 1989)

Israel Yates in Screenplay (TV Series, 1989)

BBC

Jacques Roux in Revolutionary Witness (TV Short, 1989)

Jacques Roux in Revolutionary Witness (TV Short, 1989)

BBC

Elliott Marston in Quigley Down Under (1990)

Elliott Marston in Quigley Down Under (1990)

Pathé Entertainment

Jamie in Truly Madly Deeply (1990)

Jamie in Truly Madly Deeply (1990)

BBC/Lionheart/Winston

Interrogator in Closet Land (1991)

Interrogator in Closet Land (1991)

Imagine Entertainment

Sheriff George of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Sheriff George of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Warner Bros./Morgan Creek Productions

Sinclair in Close My Eyes (1991)

Sinclair in Close My Eyes (1991)

Film Four International/Beambright

Lukas Hart III in Bob Roberts (1992)

Lukas Hart III in Bob Roberts (1992)

Bob Roberts

Dwight Billings in Fallen Angels (1993)

Dwight Billings in Fallen Angels (1993)

Mirage Enterprises/Propaganda Films/Showtime Networks

Franz Anton Mesmer in Mesmer (1994)

Franz Anton Mesmer in Mesmer (1994)

Mesmer

P.L. O'Hara in An Awfully Big Adventure (1995)

P.L. O'Hara in An Awfully Big Adventure (1995)

BBC

Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Columbia Pictures Corporation/Mirage Production

Grigori Rasputin in Rasputin (TV Movie, 1996)

Grigori Rasputin in Rasputin (TV Movie, 1996)

HBO Pictures/Rysher/Citadel Entertainment

Eamon de Valera in Michael Collins (1996)

Eamon de Valera in Michael Collins (1996)

Warner Bros./Geffen Pictures

Directorial Debut - Also man in street in The Winter Guest (1997)

Directorial Debut - Also man in street in The Winter Guest (1997)

The Winter Guest

Detective David Friedman in Judas Kiss (1998)

Detective David Friedman in Judas Kiss (1998)

Bandeira Entertainment/Flynn/Simchowitz/Key Entertainment

David Weinberg in Dark Harbor (1998)

David Weinberg in Dark Harbor (1998)

Hart-Sharp Entertainment/Killer Films

Metatron in Dogma (1999)

Metatron in Dogma (1999)

View Askew/STK

Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest (1999)

Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest (1999)

Dreamworks

Leading Male in Texas: In Demand (Music video 2000)

Leading Male in Texas: In Demand (Music video 2000)

Texas - In Demand

Voice of Joe in A Fish Tale (2000)

Voice of Joe in A Fish Tale (2000)

A. Film/Kinowelt Filmverleih/TV2 Danmark

Phil Allen in Blow Dry (2001)

Phil Allen in Blow Dry (2001)

IMF/Intermedia Films/Mirage Enterprises/West Eleven Films

Second Yorkshireman in We Know Where You Live (TV Movie, 2001)

From left to right: Vic Reeves, Eddie Izzard, Alan Rickman, and Harry Enfield together before the 'We Know Where You Live. Live!' event in London.

Second Yorkshireman in We Know Where You Live (TV Movie, 2001)

William Conran/PA Wire

Man in Play (Short, 2001)

Man in Play (Short, 2001)

Blue Angels Films/FilmFour/RTÉ/Tyrone Productions

Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

Warner Bros.

John Gissing in The Search for John Gissing (2001)

John Gissing in The Search for John Gissing (2001)

Sunlight Productions

Voice of King Philip in 'Joust Like a Woman' episode of King of the Hill (TV Series, 2002)

Voice of King Philip in 'Joust Like a Woman' episode of King of the Hill (TV Series, 2002)

20th Century Fox Television

Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Warner Bros.

Harry in Love Actually (2003)

Harry in Love Actually (2003)

Universal Pictures

Dr. Alfred Blalock in Something the Lord Made (TV Movie, 2004)

Dr. Alfred Blalock in Something the Lord Made (TV Movie, 2004)

HBO Films

Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Warner Bros.

Voice of Marvin, pictured right, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Voice of Marvin, pictured right, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  (2005)

Touchstone Pictures

Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Warner Bros.

Alex in Snow Cake (2006)

Alex in Snow Cake (2006)

Revolution Films

Richis in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Richis in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Constantin Film

Eli Michaelson in Nobel Son (2007)

Eli Michaelson in Nobel Son (2007)

Freestyle Releasing

Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

 Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Photofest

Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Warner Bros./DreamWorks Pictures

Steven Spurrier in Bottle Shock (2008)

Steven Spurrier in Bottle Shock (2008)

Shocking Bottle Films

Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Warner Bros.

Narrator in Sonnet Number 12 (Short, 2009)

Narrator in Sonnet Number 12 (Short, 2009)

Various characters in Harold Pinter: A Celebration/Arena (TV Series documentary, 2010)

Various characters in Harold Pinter: A Celebration/Arena (TV Series documentary, 2010)

BBC

Voice of the Blue Caterpillar Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Voice of the Blue Caterpillar Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Walt Disney Pictures

General Alien in 'Aliens' episode of Back at the Barnyard (TV Series, 2010)

General Alien in 'Aliens' episode of Back at the Barnyard (TV Series, 2010)

He in The Song of Lunch (TV Movie, 2010)

He in The Song of Lunch (TV Movie, 2010)

Masterpiece/BBC

Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

Warner Bros.

As Himself in Portraits in Dramatic Time (2011)

As Himself in Portraits in Dramatic Time (2011)

David Michalek

Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Warner Bros.

The Storyteller in The Boy In The Bubble (2011)

Shabandar in Gambit (2012)

Shabandar in Gambit (2012)

CBS Films

Ronald Reagan in Lee Daniels' The Butler

Ronald Reagan in Lee Daniels' The Butler

Anne Marie Fox/AP

Karl Hoffmeister in A Promise (2013)

Karl Hoffmeister in A Promise (2013)

IFC Films

Hilly Kristal in CBGB (2013)

Hilly Kristal in CBGB (2013)

Todd in Dust (Short, 2013)

Todd in Dust (Short, 2013)

Louis XIV in A Little Chaos (2014) - Rickman's second film as Director

Louis XIV in A Little Chaos (2014) - Rickman's second film as Director

BBC

Lieutenant General Frank Benson in Eye in the Sky (2015)

Lieutenant General Frank Benson in Eye in the Sky (2015)

Eye in the Sky

Voice of the Blue Caterpillar in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Voice of the Blue Caterpillar in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Disney

Source: IMDb

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