After the surprising and extremely sad news of actor Alan Rickman’s death at 69 years old after a battle with cancer, many fans, friends and peers within the industry have taken to social media to write condolences and tributes to the actor.
Of course, many of them are those he worked with on the Harry Potter franchise as Severus Snape for ten years, including the series creator J.K. Rowling and his fellow stars.
After hearing of Rickman’s death Harry Potter himself, actor Daniel Radcliffe, took to his Google Plus page to mourn his co-star’s death. “Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with,” Radcliffe wrote. “He is also one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter. I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that. I know other people who’ve been friends with him for much much longer than I have and they all say ‘if you call Alan, it doesn’t matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he’s doing, he’ll get back to you within a day.'”
“People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner (or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating and funny,” he continued. “And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.”
He concluded, “As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child. Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career. Film sets and theatre stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man.”