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Just days after the film and music world lost icon David Bowie, Hollywood is mourning the loss of another legend. Alan Rickman, best known for his roles as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies, has passed away at the age of 69. The Guardian reports that the actor had been battling cancer, and that he died "surrounded by family and friends." Here's what Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling had to say in a statement.
"There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man."
After a number of minor roles in British TV shows, Alan Rickman made his feature film debut in the 1988 action classic Die Hard, portraying the iconic villain Hans Gruber. He went on to star as Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, »
Alan Rickman, the British actor who portrayed likable villains in films like Die Hard and the Harry Potter series, has passed away. "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends," his family wrote in a statement confirming the actor's death, the BBC reports.
Rickman's acting career began on the stage with a stint in the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) as well as roles on numerous BBC productions. In 1987, a RSC production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses came to Broadway, »
Some sad news to report on the same morning as the Academy Awards nominations. Actor Alan Rickman has died at the age of 69, after a short fight with cancer. This news also comes a few days after the death of legendary musician and actor David Bowie, who also passed away from cancer at age 69. Rickman was already a succesful actor on stage in the 1980's, but rose to prominence with unforgettable on screen roles like Hans Gruber in the original Die Hard, the Metatron in Dogma, Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest and of course Snape from the Harry Potter series. The BBC reports the news directly from his family. "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends." Rickman was a very talented actor, beloved for both is stage and screen performances. In addition to the roles mentioned, »
- Alex Billington
2016 has gotten off to a brutal start for great British entertainers. As the world gets over the death of David Bowie a few days ago, it has been set in shock again as acting legend Alan Rickman has died in London.
Rickman had been suffering from cancer and his death was confirmed on Thursday by his family. It's the worst kind of coincidence - Bowie and Rickman were 69 years old and passed after battling cancer, and a week before that British musician Lemmy also passed away from cancer just days after turning 70.
Rickman's distinct features and immediately identifiable diction were admired by generations of actors and made him synonymous with playing antagonists - something he famously wasn't a fan of as he preferred to play the dashing leading man role which he did manage to do in some of his work.
Coming to fame with a key role in The BBC's mini-series "The Barchester Chronicles, »
- Garth Franklin
Painfully soon after we found out that David Bowie had passed away, reports are coming in that well-loved British stage and screen actor Alan Rickman has died in London after a battle with cancer, also at the age of 69. Rickman will be best known to this generation for portraying Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, but he's just as recognizable for his brilliantly villainous turn as Hans Gruber in the first Die Hard. Over the years he's left his mark playing many other diverse characters in movies such as Michael Collins, Galaxy Quest, and Dogma. The Guardian first broke this terrible news, and it has since been confirmed by the actor's family. May you rest in peace, sir. »
Throughout his diverse career in the Film industry, cult director Kevin Smith has always had a strong connection to the DC Universe. Not only did Smith provide the screenplay for Tim Burton’s unmade Superman Lives, but he has also contributed to one of the most memorable Green Arrow storylines in comic book history. On top of that he is also close personal friends with our current Batman himself…Ben Affleck.
Now, with that in mind it should come as some extremely exciting news that Smith has just signed on to direct an episode of The Flash! This is great for both fans of the show, as well as fans of the eccentric film maker. With productions such as Dogma, Clerks and Tusk under his belt, it’s clear that Smith will bring a unique visual aesthetic to his episode in May.
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- Ben Read
Andrew Kreisberg just finished up his Winter TCA Panel, touching on the news that Kevin Smith (Mallrats, Dogma) would be delivering an episode of The Flash. He added that just because Smith and Mark Hamill are good friends, that doesn't mean The Trickster will be returning in Smith's episode. When asked about the return of another villain, Kreisberg stated that Grodd won't be back this season but that doesn't mean he's gone for good. In fact, Kreisberg's comments could be taken to mean that Grodd will become a primary antagonist for The Flash in a future season. "I would liken the Gorilla City thing to Ra’s al Ghul. You know, you hear about “the man from Nanda Par Bat” in [Arrow] Season 1, and “the man who showed Malcolm the way,” and then you met Nyssa, then in Season 3 you met Ra’s. So, it’s a long-term thing." The Flash »
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