On legendary British actor Alan Rickman's birth anniversary, we pay tribute to the veteran by remembering 10 of his best performances that go beyond his signature character of Professor Severus Snape in the 'Harry Potter' film series
Alan Rickman carved out a niche for himself with his distinctive screen presence and voice and was best known for playing Professor Severus Snape in the 'Harry Potter' film series.
Playing Snape with barely repressed, sarcastic menace, Rickman appeared in all seven films of the series from 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' (2001) to 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part II' (2011).
Alan Rickman is remembered for several memorable moments from 'Harry Potter', but there is one heartbreaking quote in particular for which he will 'always' be loved.
"After all this time?"
Alan Rickman as Professor Severus Snape in 'Harry Potter' film series. Pic/YouTube
Besides 'Harry Potter', Alan Rickman has played a variety of roles that speak volumes of his versatile acting skills. We pay tribute to the legendary actor by remembering 10 of his best performances that go beyond his signature character of Professor Severus Snape.
Hans Gruber in 'Die Hard' (1988)
Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber in 'Die Hard'. Pic/YouTube
What took his career upward was his villainous part as the German terrorist in the high octane-action thriller 'Die Hard' (1988) featuring Bruce Willis (a role he reprised in a flashback in 'Die Hard with a Vengeance' in 1995).
Jamie in 'Truly Madly Deeply' (1990)
Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson in 'Truly Madly Deeply'. Pic/YouTube
Alan Rickman portrays his softer side in 'Truly Madly Deeply' as Jamie, who dies, leaving his lover Nina (played by Juliet Stevenson) heartbroken, only to return as a ghost.
Sheriff of Nottingham in 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' (1991)
Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham in 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'. Pic/YouTube
Long before Alan Rickman played Hogwarts' potions master, he gave us a villain we'd love to hate: the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' (1991). Rickman won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in the film.
Colonel Brandon in 'Sense and Sensibility' (1995)
Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet in 'Sense and Sensibility'. Pic/YouTube
But he was not always the bad (or the apparent bad) on screen with roles like Colonel Brandon, who romances the younger sister (Kate Winslet) in Ang Lee's adaptation of Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility' (1995).
Metatron in 'Dogma' (1999)
Alan Rickman plays Metatron in 'Dogma'. Pic/YouTube
Alan Rickman plays an archangel, Metatron, the Voice of God in Kevin Smith's comedy 'Dogma' starring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
Alexander Dane in 'Galaxy Quest' (1999)
Alan Rickman as Alexander Dane in 'Galaxy Quest'. Pic/YouTube
Alan Rickman essays the role of Alexander Dane in this parody of TV series 'Star Trek' and its fandom, also starring Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver. The film garnered critical acclaim and achieved a cult status through the years.
Harry in 'Love Actually' (2003)
A still from 'Love Actually'. Pic/YouTube
Alan Rickman plays Emma Thompson's husband Harry, who contemplates cheating on her, in the British Christmas-themed romantic comedy 'Love Actually'.
Marvin in 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' (2005)
Alan Rickman's distinctive voice was used for Marvin, the Paranoid Android, in a 2005 adaptation of Douglas Adams' cult classic 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'.
Judge Turpin in 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' (2007)
Alan Rickman essayed the evil Judge Turpin in the critically acclaimed Tim Burton musical horror 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' alongside 'Harry Potter' co-stars Helena Bonham Carter and Timothy Spall and actor Johnny Depp.
King Louis XIV in 'A Little Chaos' (2014)
Alan Rickman portrayed King Louis XIV in the British period drama 'A Little Chaos'. It is his second and final directorial, first being 'The Winter Guest'. Alan Rickman collaborated with his 'Sense and Sensibility' co-star Kate Winslet in the film.
Alan Rickman's two films are yet to release. Fans will keenly watch out for his final performances that are sure to leave them with a heavy heart.
'Eye in the Sky' (2016)
Alan Rickman, who essays the role of Lieutenant General Frank Benson, stars alongside Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul in this British thriller which will be his final on-screen appearance.
'Alice Through the Looking Glass' (2016)
Alan Rickman has lent his voice for the second time to Lewis Carroll's character Blue Caterpillar in 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' which will be his final film role.