“I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously.” – Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman, a beloved British actor, passed away on Thursday “surrounded by family and friends”. The 69-year-old had been suffering from cancer.
The star was one of the most noted British actors, and had appeared on stage, TV and films. He had managed to draw a vast fan-base from the young generation after he played Professor Snape in the ‘Harry Potter’ series.
Rickman had won a SAG award, A BAFTA award, a Golden Globe award and an Emmy award.
The star had been acknowledged as an outstanding actor after his villainous roles in ‘Die Hard’ (as Hans Gruber), ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ (as Sheriff of Nottingham) and ‘Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ (as Judge Turpin).
Rickman attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1972-74; he worked as a dresser to support himself while he studied.
Rickman’s life was not given to the well-travelled paths. The man who left a successful graphic design business met his future wife, Rima Horton, at the age of 19 in 1965. They lived together from 1977 till his death. In 2012, the two married in a private ceremony in New York.
In 1995, Rickman was voted one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (he was placed 34th), and ranked 59th in Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time in 1997.
Despite JK Rowling having envisioned Alan Rickman when writing the character of Snape, he only received the part after Tim Roth backed out. The cautious actor also failed a driving test once for “driving too cautiously through a green light.”