An Austen Hero to the End

Today a wonderful actor died.

Alan Rickman was known for roles on the stage and in movies. As the day goes on, we will be adding to this post.

Some of our favorites are:

(Robin Helm) I will always think of Alan Rickman as the standard by whom all men playing the part of Colonel Brandon are measured. He was the perfect gentleman to capture Marianne Dashwood’s heart in the 1995 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. He exemplified kindness, intelligence, and lasting love, and his adoration of Marianne was present in every line he spoke.Colonel Brandon and Marianne

The actor was also very good at comedy, as is shown in this clip of Rickman as the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1991 film, Robin Hood: The Prince of Thieves. I’ve included a YouTube video of one of his funniest scenes. Don’t we all love a man who can make us laugh?



Severus Snape from the Harry Potter films.  I loved Rickman’s voice. That voice inspired me to write a novel called Two of a Kind. I even sent it to a publisher. They rejected it, but I got some kind words about the plot. Odd fact, the lead character of that novel was called Kevin Doyle, which is the name of the actor who plays Mr. Mosley on Downton Abbey.

I chose Snape because I always go for the second fiddle. And in this case, it was the bad guy gone straight.

Thank you, Mr Rickman for all wonderful movies your career gave me. (Susan Kaye)

UPDATE: Bottle_ShockI nearly forgot one of his best roles EVER. A snobbish
British, French wine aficionado in Bottle Shock. Included in this comedy is a bonus: young, 70s, hippyish Chris Pine in tight jeans. And some great music.

I am late to the party for this tribute, but I’ve got to add one of my favorite Alan Rickman films: Galaxy Quest. It’s an affectionate parody of Star Trek (the original series) that now has a cult following of its own.

Rickman masterfully plays the dual role of Alexander Dane, frustrated actor, and the sci-fi television character Dr. Lazarus. His expression in the photo? Priceless. “By Grabthar’s Hammer,” you will be missed, Mr. Rickman. (Laura Hile)galaxy-quest


5 thoughts on “An Austen Hero to the End

    1. Susan Kaye

      The story line between him and Emma Thompson was the most truthful, real, and hurtful part of that movie. It annoyed me that they made the married guy such a putz.

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