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R.I.P. Veteran Stage and Film Actor Alan Rickman Passes at 69

God dammit… Seriously, fuck you cancer.

Yet another shocking death to report as Alan Rickman has passed away at 69 from cancer, according to a family statement: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.

Horror fans would know him from his roles in the Tim Burton films Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Rickman was also known to many for his roles in the Harry Potter films as well as Kevin Smith’s Dogma. However, I was first introduced to him in the 1988 action film Die Hard, where he played the fantastic villain Hans Gruber. I remember being 10 or so and watching that movie for the first time, sitting on the edge the couch with the widest of eyes, completely in disbelief at how fantastic the film was. Gruber was the ultimate villain for me. He was polished, urbane, intelligent, well dressed, and utterly maniacally insane. His completely casual nonchalance in killing people told me that he was beyond dangerous, someone that needed to be stopped. What a masterfully written and portrayed character.

As much as he will be missed, I’m happy that he’s no longer suffering. Rest peacefully, Mr. Rickman.



  • eli

    “And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.”

    Rest In Peace sir.

  • SpaceManSpliffz .

    “angels are ill equipped”

    I’m hoping you were wrong about this Kevin, and that Alan is getting some serious angel poon tang right about now.

    RIP, thanks for all the great movies Alan.

  • CarefulwiththatAxe

    Loved him in Galaxy Quest as well. RIP

  • DJV1985

    Few celebrity deaths have any effect on me. The first one was Rik Mayall, (Bottom, Young Ones, Drop Dead Fred) that hit me hard because A) I grew up as a massive fan and even watched his work that everyone else said was pants (rubbish) and B) He was the same age as my Father and it scared the hell out of me. But this one has hit me as well, I dont know why I liked him in Die Hard and Galaxy Quest and that was about it, I never really saw the Potter films as I’m not a fan but I guess almost every death is sad and should be mourned.

  • sliceanddice

    One of the ultimate villain’s i think.

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  • CelticBull

    3 weeks and 3 icons have died from cancer.
    Though Lemmy’s and Bowie’s passing were obviously sad, too, this is the one, that really got to me.

    • eli

      And all between 69 & 70. Strange, melancholy way to start ’16.

  • Black Jesus

    someone get Nergal on the phone. He will be the one to anal fuck the shit out of cancer and rip out cancer’s vagina with his teeth. then all the wolves will skull fuck cancer and disposed her dead body in the pit of lesbian vampires led by Elizabeth Bathory

  • Vader the White

    One of my fondest childhoods memories was Christmas Day 1999. My family went to the movies. What film did we see? Galaxy Quest. It remains one of my favorite films. It’s well written and well casted. My favorite character was always Alexander Dane/Dr. Lazarus. I remember two years later, when I found out the same actor was cast as Snape, I was excited. And damn it, he did a damn fine job of it.
    A part of my childhood is now gone.
    By Grabthar’s Hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be missed. Always.
    *breaks into uncontrolled sobbing*

    • abyx34

      I think Galaxy Quest is one of the funniest and ingenious comedies of all time, what great movie!

  • Jonathan Larsson

    First Bowie, and now this. It’s a sad start of the year.
    I will always remember him as Snape, Gruber and the sheriff of Nottingham. RIP Alan Rickman.

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  • dr.chimrichalds

    I watched Die Hard for the first time in years two days ago, watched Labyrinth two days before David Bowie died & bought Motorhead’s greatest hits the day they announced Lemmy had died. I swear that every word of that is true.

  • James Allard

    We take a lot of flack being Americans, but we set our collective minds to going to the moon…. why the fuck can’t we just put cancer on the god damned endangered species list?

    Sorry… meant to say, Goodbye, Alan. Rest well.

    If you’ve seen enough of his work, you can almost hear his voice in the opening outburst, can’t you?

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