Remembering Alan Rickman: 5 unforgettable roles

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Remembering Alan Rickman: 5 unforgettable roles
Severus Snape, Hans Gruber, the Sheriff of Nottingham – just a few of Alan Rickman's many memorable roles

MANILA, Philippines – The world won’t soon forget beloved actor Alan Rickman, who has died of cancer at age 69

Known for portraying nefarious, fearsome villains, the theater and film giant leaves behind a storied career, having entertained legions of fans of all ages. 

Let’s take a look at just a few of his memorable roles. 

Who could forget his work as the complex, mysterious Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies? 

 

His Snape was full of simmering, curling intensity, with shades of contained pain and fury.

He appeared with veteran actress Emma Thompson in a number of films. In Potter he was Snape while she played Professor Trelawney. In Sense and Sensibility, Rickman played Colonel Brandon while Emma played Elinor Dashwood. 

 

And later, they would reunite to play married couple Harry and Karen in Love Actually

 

Rickman shot to international fame in 1988 playing the German terrorist mastermind Hans Gruber, Bruce Willis’s adversary, in Die Hard.

 

Rickman did a memorable turn as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1991 blockbuster Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

 

His performance earned him a BAFTA, Britain’s film awards, for best supporting actor.

Rickman also won a Golden Globe for best actor in a miniseries or television film for the title role in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996).

 

These are just a few of many inspiring, diverse roles that Rickman took on in his lifetime. What were your favorites? Let us know in the comments below. – with reports from AFP/Rappler.com

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