Tributes flow for actor Alan Rickman who passed away from cancer.

Alan Rickman, known to many for his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series, has passed away from cancer.

“The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends,” a statement from the family said.

Fellow actors have penned some beautiful tributes for their beloved co-star.

Emma Thompson, who appeared with Alan Rickman in Love Actually, Sense and Sensibility and the Harry Potter films, said in a statement that saying goodbye to 69-year-old Rickman was “painful.”

“Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye,” Thompson wrote. “What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humour, intelligence, wisdom and kindness. The intransigence which made him the great artist he was – his ineffable and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view.”

Daniel Radcliffe, who starred alongside him on Harry Potter, has wrote a lengthy piece on his Google+ page in memory of Rickman.

“Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. 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. I know other people who’ve been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say, “If you call Alan, it doesn’t matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he’s doing, he’ll get back to you within a day”.

People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner (or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny. And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.

As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.”


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  • May he rest in peace


  • Such a huge loss to the acting world. Condolences to his family. From all accounts he seems to have been a wonderful man and his legacy will live on for a long time. He’s had some amazing roles but I for one am particularly fond of his portrayal of Snape.


  • too young mate – rest in peace


  • I remember him from “Sense and Sensibility”. Such an handsome guy!


  • RIP Alan. I will never forget your voice.


  • a brilliant actor taken way to soon to such a horrible disease :( May he rest in peace, and his legacy live on. Condolences to his family and friends


  • RIP Alan. You were a brilliant actor


  • I only remember him from Love Actually, and even though he played a non-lovable role, I still liked him. There was something special about him – his voice, his manner. He left a positive mark in this world. Condolences to his family and friends.


  • I adore this and man and was so sad when I woke up to this news. I will miss his talent and in particular his wonderful voice. The movie world has lost an absolute great. Condolences to those that were close to him.

    • HIs theatre trained voice was absolutely magnificent.


  • I must admit, when i first heard he had passed that i wasn’t 100% sure who he was :( I’ve seen every Harry Potter movie (more than once) and have seen him in a few other movies too but without his dark hair, didn’t recognise him. Such a wonderful actor and a great man by the sounds of it. Just love Daniel Radcliffe’s post about him. A very sad day :(

    • yes i didn’t really recognise him, until the harry potter reference. i had heard the name before though.


  • Alan Rickman was an actor that stole every movie with his magnificent performances. His talent will be sorely missed. Thank you for the wonderful movies and your body of artistic works. RIP Alan Rickman.


  • Lke kh


  • So sad, he really was a great actor.


  • His characters were played beautifully – such a talented actor. It sounds as though he had a beautiful personality too. He will be missed. RIP.


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