Maybe best known for his portrayal of Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, his work in the franchise just scratches the surface of what he accomplished over his many years as a performer. He had great success in films such as Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Love, Actually, as well as an esteemed theater career.
Upon hearing the sad news, celebrities and colleagues took to social media to express their sadness at his passing. From author J.K. Rowling to Emma Watson and Mia Farrow, scroll down to see all of the stars who are mourning the loss of the great actor.
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
My thoughts are with Rima and the rest of Alan's family. We have all lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 14, 2016
Everyone who knew Alan Rickman- or worked with him or watched his brilliant performances, feels this awful loss pic.twitter.com/pKOxFYYMUM— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) January 14, 2016
I was at Leavesden Studios today when I heard the news. As I walked through the canteen I thought of Alan queuing up for his lunch with us mere mortals. I recalled the trailer in which he offered me some of the greatest advice I ever received about this mad profession we shared. Being back in those corridors made me remember a lot of things and I will treasure those memories all my life. He inspired my career more than he ever knew and I'll miss him.
Alan Rickman you were a lovely soul and a brilliant actor. I am fortunate to have known you and will miss you with the world.— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) January 14, 2016
The spectacular Alan Rickman passed away... One of my favorite actors of all time. Thank you for your gifts. RIP— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) January 14, 2016
There are few things I enjoyed more than watching Alan Rickman sigh in a movie. RIP— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) January 14, 2016
RIP Alan Rickman. You were the voice, the stage, the film, the actor, and you will be missed truly, madly , deeply. pic.twitter.com/4ZLx7JgX2V— Selma Blair (@SelmaBlair) 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
Terribly sad news about the passing of Alan Rickman. A funny and engaging person who put a shy young actor at ease when I was on HP.— Oliver Phelps (@OliverPhelps) January 14, 2016
Shocked & sad to hear Alan Rickman has passed away. One of the nicest actors I've ever met.Thoughts and prayers with his family at this time— James Phelps (@James_Phelps) January 14, 2016
Dreadful to hear Alan Rickman has passed away. A wonderful actor and friend. What a sad day.— Richard Madden (@_richardmadden) January 14, 2016
Woke up in Palo Alto w/ news of Alan Rickman's death .Loved him. First David Bowie and now Alan Rickman. Very sad week. RIP.— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) January 14, 2016
#AlanRickman.. Auditioned me as a v young actor..he sent the most lovely, encouraging hand written note.. I still cherish it .. And him. RIP— Kevin McKidd (@TheRealKMcKidd) January 14, 2016