One of the most diverse and influential actors of our era, Alan Rickman has passed away at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer.

Widely known for his roles as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Rasputin in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny, Rickman could play any part, be it wizard, angel, monk, comedian or our favorite villain.

The accomplished actor and thespian won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe, an Emmy, SAG Award, a BAFTA and many others.

As actor Stephen Fry said, "Such talent, wicked charm & stunning screen & stage presence. He'll be sorely missed."

Always.

Here are some of his most profound and inspiring words to remember him by.

  • "Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world."

  • "I think there should be laughs in everything. Sometimes, it's a slammed door, a pie in the face or just a recognition of our frailties."

  • "And it's a human need to be told stories. The more we're governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible."

  • "I have a photograph at home of Fred Astaire from the knees down with his feet crossed. It's kind of inspiring because it reminds me his feet were bleeding at the end of rehearsals. Yet when you watch him, all you see is freedom. It's a reminder of what the job is about in general, not just being in musicals."

  • "I want to swim in both directions at once. Desire success, court failure."

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