Alan Rickman: 1946 – 2016
It’s always fun to write about the Oscar nominations, but this year there was a dark cloud hanging over them as veteran stage and screen actor Alan Rickman passed away after battling cancer at the age of 69. Today’s generation knows Rickman as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, but he’ll always be Hans Gruber to me. In an age where villains were traditionally stupid and over the top, Rickman burst onto the scene as the suave, intelligent and intimidating Gruber in DIE HARD. He set a new bar for movie villains, one that is seldom ever reached.
But Rickman was more than just a movie villain. He lit up the screen in everything he appeared in, including comedies like DOGMA, LOVE ACTUALLY and GALAXY QUEST or even just providing his voice to movies like THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY and ALICE IN WONDERLAND. He was a great talent and he will be sorely missed.