I've loved Alan Rickman for as long as I can remember. He's best known for movies such as Die Hard where he played villain Hans Gruber and Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film franchise. Films such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Love Actually, Alice in Wonderland, Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Galaxy Quest and A Little Chaos were among other acclaimed performances.
Rickman's career began on the stage in England. He performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company for years as well as on British Television. He earned a Tony Award nomination in 1987 for Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Rickman's film career took off after Die Hard, but he never left the stage behind returning the the Dublin stage as well as Broadway throughout his career.
He has two movies that are due to come out this year. The first is Eye in the Sky where he costars with Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul (March 11, 2016). The second is Alice Through the Looking Glass reprising his role as the Blue Caterpiller along side Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Mia Wasikowska as Alice (May 27, 2016).
Our hearts are sadden today, but it is with much joy that he will be remembered.