Alan Rickman of Harry Potter fame dead: cause of death pancreatic cancer, an era comes to end
Alan Rickman is no more. His death two days ago shocked his fans. This is due to the fact that not many people â€“even the ones very close to him â€“had any idea about his longtime cancer affliction.
Many of his fans who were not aware of the fact that he was suffering from cancer were simply shocked beyond belief. He looked in such an exceptional health and was not known to be suffering from any life threatening disease â€“people didnâ€™tâ€™ know about cancer â€“ and so was the disbelief.
The actor was set to address an important meeting in London later this month. The cause of his death was apparently pancreatic cancer. Besides being a consummate actor Rickman was also a filmmaker, directing and co-starring opposite Kate Winslet in 2014 costume drama “A Little Chaos.” Frequently charming in person, Rickman was, by his own account, uncompromising as an actor. During the filming of “Harry Potter,” he maintained Snape’s air of haughty disdain even off-camera. “The animal in me takes over,” Rickman said in 2011 when he appeared on Broadway in Theresa Rebeck’s play “Seminar.” “You’re as polite as possible, but it’s not always possible.” Rickman is survived by his partner of 50 years, Rima Horton, whom he married recently.
Rickman was a versatile actor. He was a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in both modern and classical theatre productions. His breakout performance was his 1985 role as the Vicomte de Valmont in the play Les Liaisons Dangereuses, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman is well known for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series.
He acted in different type of films though he will remembered the most for Harry potter saga. Rickman’s other notable film roles include the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Jamie in Truly, Madly, Deeply, Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee’s 1995 film Sense and Sensibility, Harry in Love Actually, and P. L. O’Hara in An Awfully Big Adventure. More recently, he played Judge Turpin in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In 1995, he was awarded the Golden Globe, Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Rasputin in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny.