Actor Alan Rickman, a “Harry Potter” mainstay, passed away on Jan. 14, but his co-stars wouldn’t let him go unless they offer him a tribute. He was 69 years old when he succumbed to cancer.
According to The Guardian, which was the first publication to announce his death, the actor was battling cancer for years. Even then, the announcement of his death came as a shock to many, especially his “Harry Potter” co-stars. His peers took to social media to honor “Professor Snape,” one of the main characters in the popular movie franchise.
Daniel Radcliffe, who played the title role in “Harry Potter,” wrote in his Google+page that Rickmann was “undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with.” He recalled that the deceased actor was among the film’s adult stars who treated him like a peer and not just a child.
Another co-star, Sir Michael Gambon, said that the actor was intelligent. Gambon said he wrote and directed plays and that he was a real man of theater and the stage.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4, Gambon said, “Everybody loved Alan. He was always happy and fun and creative and very, very funny. He had a great voice, he spoke wonderfully well.”
He also starred with Bruce Willis in one of the “Die Hard” series, as well as in “Love Actually.” But it was in the “Harry Potter” franchise that the world took notice of him. He also took to TV acting and starred in the 1978 “Romeo and Juliet” series as Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin and the hot-headed Prince of Cats.
He also had the privilege of meeting the Queen of England in 2000. But this Londoner got his acting bug in the theatre. He had the distinction of acting in the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the 1980s, be started acting in TV dramas.