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Remembering Alan Rickman (video)

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A video tribute to the actor whose villains made us smile.

Alan Rickman, who died January 14, 2016 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer, was one of the most beloved actors in the world. Originally a stage actor in his native England, he came to international fame playing villains in Hollywood movies like “Die Hard.” With his deep voice and droll humor, his performances were a highlight of any film he appeared in. He gained a new generation of fans with his layered portrayal of anti-hero Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” film series. In 2012 he married his longtime romantic partner Rima Horton, who he had been involved with for 50 years. We remember Alan Rickman for his ability to frighten us while also making us laugh.