J.K. Rowling, Emma Thompson Pay Tribute to Alan Rickman
Remembrances for the British screen and stage legend have poured in since the news broke.
British film icon Alan Rickman has died at 69, and the entertainment industry is paying tribute to the iconic actor.
A rep for the actor, known for films such as Die Hard and the Harry Potter franchise, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Rickman died Thursday of cancer.
Below are the condolences that have poured in, updating live:
Sigourney Weaver: “Alan’s enormous strength of character infused every character he played. Who else could have brought such pain and wit to Snape. He used his talent always to make a difference, his production of Rachel Corrie being one of the most powerful examples. I can’t believe he’s gone.”
Kate Winslet: "We are all so devastated to lose Alan. He was loved enormously by so many. He was an exceptionally warm and giving man and an utterly phenomenal actor and gifted director. I remember being so intimidated by him when we worked together when I was 19 , because he had such a powerful and commanding presence. And that voice! Oh, that voice. .... But the reality, of course, was that he was the kindest and best of men. Had the patience of a saint. He was a warm hearted puppy dog, who would do anything for anyone if it made them happy. He was a loving and devoted partner to Rima, and like so many of us in our vast industry, my life was enriched by knowing him. My heart goes out to his family and those he loved."
Helen Mirren: "Alan was a towering person, physically, mentally and as an artist. He was utterly distinctive, with a voice that could suggest honey or a hidden stiletto blade, and the profile of a Roman Emperor. He was also a great friend, generous and social. He will be very missed by many."
Emma Thompson: "Alan was my friend and so this is hard to write because I have just kissed him goodbye. What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humor, intelligence, wisdom and kindness. His capacity to fell you with a look or lift you with a word. The intransigence which made him the great artist he was — his ineffable and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me, and the fact that he never spared me the view. I learned a lot from him. He was the finest of actors and directors. I couldn’t wait to see what he was going to do with his face next. I consider myself hugely privileged to have worked with him so many times and to have been directed by him. He was the ultimate ally. In life, art and politics. I trusted him absolutely. He was, above all things, a rare and unique human being and we shall not see his like again."
Daniel Radcliffe: "Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I've ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I'm pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn't have to do that. I know other people who've been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say "if you call Alan, it doesn't matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he's doing, he'll get back to you within a day."
What desperately sad news about Alan Rickman. A man of such talent, wicked charm & stunning screen & stage presence. He'll be sorely missed— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 14, 2016
There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman's death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 14, 2016
I do not want my heroes to die! Alan Rickman is dead & he was another hero. Alan - thank you for being with us. We are sorry you had to go— Eddie Izzard (@eddieizzard) January 14, 2016
David Bowie dead from cancer at 69. Now Alan Rickman dead from cancer at 69. Two great talents, one bloody awful disease.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 14, 2016
RIP Alan Rickman. You will be missed. #TrulyMadlyDeeply— E L James (@E_L_James) January 14, 2016
Alan Rickman. Incredibly kind. Beyond talented. Devastatingly funny. Damn.— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) January 14, 2016
Alan. Gone. Fuck, this one hurts... pic.twitter.com/asRFLfrblO— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) January 14, 2016
I can't believe #AlanRickman is gone. Not a fan of this week. RIP— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 14, 2016
ALAN RICKMAN (1946-2016) There is so much that is matchless to remember about Alan Rickman. pic.twitter.com/x6cRB4VIIS— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) January 14, 2016
Very sad that Alan has passed.— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) January 14, 2016