Cancer has claimed another star of the stage and screen.

Alan Rickman died this week aged 69.


With performances ranging from Shakespearean plays to the Harry Potter movies, Rickman was versatile and best known for what the BBC recalled as his “sonorous, languid voice.”

Among his films were Die Hard, Sweeney Todd, Michael Collins, Dogma, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the eight Harry Potter films and Truly, Madly, Deeply.

Although he was straight, one of Rickman’s roles most celebrated by the LGBT community was his portrayal of a duplicitous husband in the 1998 film, Dark Harbor in which his character conspires with his lover to kill his wife, a plot point not revealed until a kissing scene at the end of the film.

Tributes for the actor have been flowing all week, including:

Ian McKellan: “There is so much that is matchless to remember about Alan Rickman. His career was at the highest level, as actor on stage and screen and as director ditto.”

Stephen Fry: “What desperately sad news about Alan Rickman. A man of such talent, wicked charm and stunning screen and stage presence. He’ll be sorely missed.”

Sam Smith: “Heartbreaking news. My favourite actor. Sending my entire heart and all my thoughts to Alan’s family and friends. He will be remembered forever. Always.”

CLICK here for the kissing scene in Dark Harbor or watch the video below.


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