Greatest English Actor of all time.
No -one deserves this accolade more than this great actor – I have always been a huge fan.
Alan Rickman brought to the screen and stage a chameleon-like ability to BE the character he was portraying. He played an incredible range of roles from Shakespeare to popular children’s works. From buffoon to a sexual predator, to lover and ignoble prelates. He certainly deserves this accolade. He worked across all media in stage, screen television, radio, talking books. He was also an exceptionally talented graphic artist
His work encompassed every facet of the industry.
Unlike the “greats” he had to deal with a multi-faceted media industry. He met the challenge and conquered them all. The richness of his voice and the depth of his talent was staggering. He is a graduate of the Royal College of the Arts (RCA) and later Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). In his early years, he worked as a dresser for Sir Ralph Richardson and Sir Nigel Hawthorne. He did the hard yards, He was also a Director of RADA.
One of his most memorable roles is his 1995 movie, “An Awfully Big Adventure ” an adaptation of a Booker prize-winning novel. This Bildungsroman movie, where he plays the lecherous leading man in a repertory company, is seared into my mind. I loathed his character.
Who can forget his role as Severus Snape, a role that introduced him to a younger audience and brought him popular acclaim? His role as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and the Sherrif of Nottingham is an indication of the diversity of his talent.
In “Sweeney Todd” he owned the role of Judge Turpin. Also, a comedic actor his role in Galaxy Quest as Dr. Lazerus /Alexander Dane When he passed it was a great loss for the entertainment industry.
Like his co-stars Maggie Smith and Richard Harris, he battled cancer. He was diagnosed in 2015 with Pancreatic Cancer. JK Rowling trusted him to such a degree that she revealed to him how his character was to develop. He cast a giant shadow on the stage.
ALAN RICKMAN- ALWAYS