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Friday, January 15, 2016

Alan Rickman - the death of a working class hero

A Great Loss to Film

  • I would hate to add up all the hours I have spent watching the great Alan Rickman on both large and small screens.  Thank you Alan for all the memories.  Bless you until we meet again.

(UK Independent)  -  Four days after the death of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, beloved British actor with arguably the most distinctive voice ever heard on film, has died of cancer at age 69.
Rickman will be best remembered for playing Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and German terrorist Hans Gruber in Die Hard, but he was also a respected stage actor. In 1987, he received both a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award nomination for his performance as the Vicomte de Valmont in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Refusing to be stereotyped as a villain on-screen, he played a variety of romantic leads and comedy roles: giving much-loved performances as Jamie in Truly, Madly, Deeply; Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest; the angel Metatron in Dogma and Emma Thompson’s untrustworthy husband Harry in Love Actually.
Alan Rickman was also an important working-class figure, a man who took his craft seriously and put in the hard graft required to achieve his success. He was one of four children, born in Acton, to a factory worker father and a stay-at-home mother. His father died when he was eight years old. He was not born with a sliver spoon in his mouth; instead he managed to make a career by virtue of his talent and hard work. 
Those from privileged backgrounds currently dominate the arts in Britain, and this is particularly noticeable in acting. There’s Harrow-educated Benedict Cumberbatch; Eton-educated Eddie Redmayne, Damien Lewis and Tom Hiddleston; Reed-educated Tom Hardy; Rosamund Pike from Badminton; Carey Mulligan from Woldingham; Emily Blunt from Hurtwood House and Kate Beckinsale from Godolphin and Latymer.
Alan Rickman will be sorely missed, not only as an incredibly talented and hard-working British actor, but as someone who represented possibility for those who come from poor or chaotic or unremarkable beginnings.

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