The Literary Roles of Alan Rickman

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The Literary Roles of Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman, the beloved British actor internationally recognized for his role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, passed away this morning after a battle with cancer. Rickman’s decades-long career saw him portray many characters from books, and we want to celebrate those TV and film roles today. From Die Hard’s infamous villain Hans Gruber to Alice in Wonderland’s hookah-smoking Caterpillar, Rickman’s diverse literary roles showcase his indisputable talent.

Alan Rickman, you will be missed.

Thérèse Raquin



Based on: Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola
Role: Vidal, an artist who is unnamed in the novel
Year Released: 1980 (TV Miniseries)

The Barchester Chronicles



Based on: The Warden and Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope
Role: Obadiah Slope, a conniving chaplain
Year Released: 1982 (TV Miniseries)

Smiley's People



Based on: Smiley's People by John le Carré's
Role: Mr. Brownlow, a concierge clerk
Year Released: 1982 (TV Miniseries)

Die Hard



Based on: Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp
Role: Hans Gruber, a German terrorist and criminal mastermind (the character's name is Anton "Little Tony" Gruber in the novel)
Year Released: 1988 (Film)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves



Based on: English folk tales
Role: Sheriff George of Nottingham, Robin Hood's arch nemesis
Year Released: 1991 (Film)

An Awfully Big Adventure



Based on: An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge
Role: P.L. O'Hara, an actor who begins an affair with a teen girl
Year Released: 1995 (Film)

Die Hard with a Vengeance



Based on: Characters created by Roderick Thorp
Role: Hans Gruber (the character only appears in a flashback)
Year Released: 1995 (Film)

Sense and Sensibility



Based on: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Role: Colonel Brandon, a military man who falls in love with the young and beautiful Marianne Dashwood
Year Released: 1995 (Film)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone



Based on: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Role: Severus Snape, the Potions Master at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who is hostile toward Harry Potter
Year Released: 2001 (Film)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets



Based on: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Role: Severus Snape
Year Released: 2002 (Film)