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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