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Alan Rickman, Dead at 69

Alan Rickman, Dead at 69

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.” –Albus Dumbledore

To a generation of young adults, he will forever be known as Professor Snape, Slytherin Head of House and Potions Master. To a generation of middle-aged adults, he was Hans Gruber, the villain in Die Hard. To my generation, he is the anatomically impaired Metatron, aka the Voice of God. No matter how you remember Alan Rickman, the point is you will always remember him for his great body of work and his deadpan delivery of some of the greatest lines in film history.

Rickman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company performing in modern and classical theatre productions. His first big television part came in 1982, but his big break was as the Vicomte de Valmont in the stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. His final film, Alice Through the Looking Glass will be released in May of this year bringing to an end the career and work of one of Britain’s greatest known actors.

Alan Rickman passed in London at the age 69 on January 14, 2016 surrounded by family and friends after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.

On Thursday night, people began placing flowers and other items around Platform Nine-And-Three-Quarters in Kings Cross Station. This continued on into Friday as people travelled to the Harry Potter landmark to memorialize the late star.