I just found out Alan Rickman has died, of cancer at the age of 69. It’s eerily similar to David Bowie’s death just days ago; it’s been a bad week for the entertainment world (and for their individual families, of course).
Rickman was probably best known for his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, but I remember him best as Colonel Brandon in 1995’s Sense and Sensibility. He brought an understated dignity to Brandon’s suffering, a quiet intensity to his devotion and underlying goodness.
His list of stage and screen credits are too numerous to list, but include Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Die Hard and Love, Actually. He’s played many a villain, but brought such an interesting complexity to these antagonists, one could never really hate them.
I came across a quote of his that I really like: “I do take my work seriously, and the way to do that is not to take your work too seriously.” Words to live by.
A great actor who will be sorely missed.