No, Not Alan Rickman (1946 – 2016)
The star was suffering from cancer, his family said.
He became one of Britain’s best-loved acting stars thanks to roles including Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard.
He also won a Bafta Award for playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
A family statement said: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”
Because I wasn’t allowed to watch Rated R movies, my first exposure to Alan Rickman was Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, which was up there with Tim Burton’s Batman in movies that I wore the fuck out of in our VCR thanks to Rickman’s absolute cunt of a Sheriff of Nottingham. Eventually, I found creative ways around my movie restrictions and got my hands on a copy Die Hard, and Hans Gruber, goddamn. Later in college, and most will probably graciously leave this out of their obits, I saw Dogma, and I thought Alan Rickman was fucking fantastic. Insanely out of place, but fucking fantastic. As for the Harry Potter business, I literally only saw one of those movies. I couldn’t do it, but have always teetered on the edge on giving them another shot based entirely on Snape memes. Clearly, Alan Rickman gave us something awesome, and I missed the boat because, seriously, there’s like eight of these things.
Rest In Peace.