We have two RIPs this week, the first of which, in its own way, is a bit creepy.
Two weeks ago, I told you about the death of Native American activist and poet John Trudell, who died of cancer at the age of 69. Last week, it was David Bowie, who died of cancer at the age of 69.
This week, I note the death of a fine and often under-appreciated actor who could dominate a scene with just his voice:
Alan Rickman, I expect, is known to most as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies and perhaps as Alexander Dane in the great "Star Trek" spoof "Galaxy Quest," although his breakout roles were as bad guy Hans Gruber in "Die Hard" and as Jamie in "Truly, Madly, Deeply." But he was known and respected even before that for his stage work.
The odd thing about Alan Rickman for me is that when I saw him in a Harry Potter movie, I knew who he was. I'm not much of a movie-goer and I had never seen either "Die Hard" or "Truly, Madly, Deeply" and didn't see "Galaxy Quest" until later on DVD. But I knew who he was. And I have no idea from where.
Which I suppose only shows how memorable his performances could be.
RIP, Alan Rickman.
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