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Die Hard star Alan Rickman dies

Farewell Hans Gruber

by Steve Withers Jan 14, 2016


  • This year is getting off to a terrible start, no sooner do we lose music legend David Bowie to cancer, at the age of just 69, but we then go and lose stage and film legend Alan Rickman as well.
    Rickman, who rose to fame as the villain Hans Gruber in the original Die Hard, died of cancer at the age of 69. He was at his London home, surrounded by friends and family. Rickman cemented his place in movie history as Hans Gruber, the criminal mastermind who plans to rob a building under the guise of a terrorist attack. Die Hard is quite simply one of the best, if not the best, action film ever made and Rickman's Gruber is one of the best villains ever seen on the big screen. Incredibly it was his first film role. He went on to impress in Anthony Minghella's Truly Madly Deeply before stealing Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves from under the nose of star Kevin Costner. His marvellous turn as the Sheriff of Nottingham was pure pantomime villain but won him a BAFTA in the process. Rickman went on to appear in dozens of other films, showing his range in period pieces like Sense and Sensibility and comedies such as Galaxy Quest and Love Actually. More recently he became famous to a whole new generation of fans as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films and, only last year, he directed and starred in the period film A Little Chaos. He was pure class in everything he did and will be sadly missed.

    "What was it you said? Oh yes, Yippee Kay Yay Mother..."

    So which Alan Rickman film will you pick to watch in his honour? Let us know in the attached discussion thread.

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