On October 14, 2016, one of Hollywood’s greatest star left us. Alan Rickman was 69 when he died from pancreatic cancer. He found out about his cancer only weeks ago and knowing there was nothing anyone could do he said his goodbyes to his friends and family and tried to make himself comfortable before he died. Though most know him for playing Severus Snape in Harry Potter, he has been in a total of 51 movies, his first movie being the 1978 version of Romeo and Juliet. But his acting career didn’t start there. He first began acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company and did a few tv shows before he finally got into movies.
Though Rickman was never nominated for an Oscar, he did win a BAFTA Award for supporting actor in “Robin Hood” as the Sheriff of Nottingham. He also won a Golden Globe in 1997 for best actor in the HBO biopic “Rasputin”. The whole cast of Harry Potter took Rickman’s death pretty hard; they all turned to social media talking about how great Rickman was.
“I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that.” said Daniel Radcliffe.
At the Warner Bros. Studio, there is a place next to the building where the harry potter movies were made and it has a picture of Alan Rickman and his wand underneath and is surrounded by flowers and candles.
Near his death Rickman recorded the poignant poem, If Death Is Not The End, by Robyn Hitchcock. He did this to show that he was prepared to die and was not going to let it bring him down on his final days on Earth. Alan Rickman will live on forever in our hearts and in his movies.
By Megan Saari