Vale Alan Rickman

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Alan Rickman, 1946-2016.

Alan Rickman sadly succumbed to cancer on Thursday morning, aged 69. A prolific and accomplished actor, his career of stage and film spanned thirty years.

Rickman was outstanding as the maniacal Sheriff of Nottingham in the hilarious 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

His appearance as Alexander Dane in the 1999 sci-fi comedy, Galaxy Quest, made watching a sci-fi movie – formerly an untenable notion for me – an absolute treat.

However, it was Rickman’s sensitive and captivating role as Colonel Brandon in the 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility that cemented him in my memory.

Jack Plane

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Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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7 Responses to Vale Alan Rickman

  1. Joe M says:

    “Over time we loose so many, tho never met, we consider them friends.”
    I don’t remember where I heard or read that, but seems appropriate, He will be missed for sure.

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  2. John Kissel says:

    Sad news. A great talent. Just saw him in Love Actually (wife’s favorite Christmas Movie) and he was very… Believable. A true sign of great acting.

    Right on top of David Bowie’s passing…

    Thanks to you Jack for all of your intelligent, informative (and often hilarious) postings!

    JK

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  3. …..”it was Rickman’s sensitive and captivating role as Colonel Brandon in the 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility that cemented him in my memory.”

    My sentiment exactly.
    Thanks Jack,
    –Bill

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  4. Paul Bouchard says:

    He also did a wonderful job reading The Return of the Native. I think it’s the best audiobook performance out there.

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  5. billrusnak says:

    I loved him in all the roles you mentioned but he’ll always be Han’s Gruber to me.

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  6. Glen Luther says:

    His best role was in Dogma. Nobody could wipe the blood and guts off his clothes while using God’s clothes as a rag as well as he could.

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  7. diceloader says:

    I bumped into him while visiting The Met in NYC about 10 years ago.
    We we viewing a Vermeer. A lasting memory.

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