Rest in peace Alan.
Alan Rickman, the acclaimed British actor died at age 69, following a battle with cancer.
While the actor will always be remembered for playing Professor Severus Snape, one of the most deliciously complex and layered characters from the 'Harry Potter' movies, his filmography is as varied as one can get—science fiction comedies like 'Galaxy Quest', romance in 'Sense and Sensibility', adventure in 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'.
Rickman began his career as a stage actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Court Theatre and earned Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations for his performance in 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses'.
1988's 'Die Hard' saw him setting the standard for the movie villain. His Hans Gruber, an intelligent German terrorist was so good that the franchise have never been able to recreate the character.
To an entire generation raised on JK Rowling's 'Harry Potter' novels, Rickman will always be the dour and vindictive Defence Against the Dark Arts professor Severus Snape.
If you've only encountered Rickman's work through 'Potter' check out these 10 films:
Die Hard (1988)
Probably Rickman's most iconic role is playing German terrorist Han Gruber in 'Die Hard'. After a career in British television, Rickman left for Hollywood and was immediately hired to play the villain who made Bruce Willis' John McClane's life difficult in the Nakatomi Plaza building. Yi-pee-ki-yay.....
Truly Madly Deeply (1990)
Here, Rickman plays the ghost of a dead musician alongside Juliet Stevenson’s grieving character.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
While Kevin Costner robs the rich to give to the poor, Alan Rickman's campy Sheriff of Nottingham gives 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves some much-needed lightness and hilarity.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Rickman's Colonel Brandon who falls in love with Kate Winslet's Marianne is probably one of the best roles that he ever played.
Rickman's performance as the foul-mouth and genital-less angel Metatron is hilarious. And its a Kevin Smith movie. Enough said.
Galaxy Quest (1999)
In this science-fiction satire, Rickman plays Alexander Dane, a former stage actor reduced to spouting quippy catchphrases as the Spock-like Dr. Lazarus (“By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Warvan, you shall be avenged!”).
Love Actually (2003)
Rickman's performance as a husband who gives into temptation despite having a solid partner is one reason why 'Love Actually' is one of the quintessential rom-coms of the naughties.
Sweeny Todd (2007)
In this musical with Johnny Depp, Rickman's Judge Turpin is as slithery as Snape but with a hint of charm. And he sings too.