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RIP Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

Alan Rickman

Anyone at the Ottawa Public Library who has ever visited my office has been greeted by a large poster of Alan Rickman holding a copy of the Catcher in the Rye, a poster from the American Library Association's Celebrity Reads series. I often joke that Alan is my office productivity manager (yes, my poster and I are on a first name basis). Sometimes, he's even dressed up for Hallowe'en or Christmas, to my colleagues' delight. The poster has followed me around since graduating from my master's degree, a joke gift from academic colleagues who teased me about my "old man celebrity crush". It is only fitting that I take a moment to share with you my saddness of his passing and highlight a few titles that drew me to him. 

Alan Rickman won me over a long time ago with his distinct British accent and his "sonorous, languid voice", as described in BBC's Alan Rickman Obituary article. Broadway actor, movie actor, director, champion of Shakespearian theatre, Rickman has some impressive skills playing complexe character roles. He is internationally known as the face and voice of Professor Severus Snape (Harry Potter movie series), but has played other great villains such as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Elliot Marston in Quigley Down Under. Severus Snape will always remain my favorite villain and I will relentlessly argue that he is not really a villain. Snape is an unfortunate victim of unaquainted love with devastating black emo hair style. Also, he has envious potion skills!

In memory of Alan Rickman, I have prepared for you a list of movies or theatre presentations currently available in our collection.

Thank you Alan for enriching my library collection! I will be rewatching some of my personal favorites, including a movie adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Love Actually


Alan Rickman (1946-2016) by Céline_Biblio

Alan Rickman (1946-2016) has made our collection richer through his roles in traditional Shakespearean theatre, as well as main or supporting roles in feature films and musicals. He has also lent his voice to memorable characters.