This Sunday marks what would have been the 70th birthday celebration of British actor Alan Rickman.   Unfortunately, the once celebratory event will be filled with emotion this year as we reflect on his passing in January of this year. On January 14th, Rickman passed away following a battle with cancer.  Almost immediately the internet burst with emotion.  Cast and crew associated with Rickman began to pay tribute.  Daniel Radcliffe wrote fondly of Rickman in a heartfelt post commending Rickman as "one of the loyalest and most supportive people I've ever met in the film industry." After his death, a humorous story resurfaced detailing his relationship with Rupert Grint during the Potter Series.  Alan Rickman's response shows a side of warmth and displays the true man he was.

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Rickman managed to capture our hearts in numerous films spanning from comedies to dark dramas.  In many of his films, Rickman portrayed villainous characters partially due to Hollywood typecasting after his performance as Hans Gruber in action filled Christmas movie Die Hard.

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Trivia fact: The look of absolute terror on Hans Gruber's face as he fell to his death was the first take of the film. The director decided to drop Rickman one second before the actor expected to fall.

 

 

 

 


 

To add to his extensive resume, Rickman balanced comedy and pathos as Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest.  Rickman's character truly made this 1999 sci-fi movie into a classic.  For those who have not seen the movie, it's on Netflix.  Do yourself a favor and watch it.  You have no excuse.

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"By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan, you shall be avenged"


Rickman was musically inclined gracing the stage of numerous Broadway productions.  He debuted his talents on Broadway in a mesmerizing performance as Le Vicomte de Valmont in " Les Liasons Dangereuses." Critics raved his performance as dark and mysterious; a title that he kept through his acting career. His rendition of "Pretty Woman" in Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street still remains one of my favorite scenes in the movie.
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At Kards Unlimited, we are still in mourning for this talented soul.  To commemorate his birthday, purchase our Alan Rickman tribute card.  It was only fitting to create a card that rightly captured the performance of Alan Rickman in the Harry Potter series. Send it to any Harry Potter fan to show you are thinking about them on this somber day.
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Additionally, Kards Unlimited carries a large variety of Harry Potter themed gifts and books. Perhaps send your fellow Potter fan a Slytherin tie to remind them of the legend that was Severus Snape.

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Alan Rickman will be forever in our hearts.  We love you, Snape. Always.  
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