TRIBUTE: Remembering Alan Rickman by Ralph Fiennes, Kate Winslet and the cast of Harry Potter

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#AceNewsDesk – Jan.16 Alan Rickman tributes from the cast of Harry Potter_87717364_snape.jpgThe actor, who’s remembered as playing Professor Snape in the film series, has died after a battle with cancer.

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Ralph Fiennes, who starred alongside Alan Rickman in the Harry Potter series, remembered his co-star Thursday as “unique” and a “dear friend,” after the actor died of cancer at the age of 69.

Alan was a dear friend, a friend to many and deeply supportive of the work of other actors,” Fiennes said in a statement. “I cannot believe he is gone and we are the poorer for it. But his spirit and great generosity live on the hearts of everyone who knew him – and of course in his brilliant work. A unique Actor – Funny, acutely perceptive, extraordinarily loyal and giving – Alan cared.”

The two played very different villains in the series, with Fiennes’ character Voldemort eventually ordering the death of Rickman’s Severus Snape. At the premiere of one of the last films in the Harry Potter series, Fiennes praised his co-star, saying Rickman ” is a friend and who I have admired for a long time. We have a great scene, a face-off, in the next film.

Kate Winslet Remembers ‘Warm Hearted Puppy Dog’ Alan Rickman
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Following Thursday’s news that actor Alan Rickman died of cancer at the age of 69, friends from the acting community have reached out to pay tribute to the beloved British star. One of these peers was Kate Winslet, who first starred alongside Rickman in Ang Lee’s 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.

“We are all so devastated to lose Alan. He was loved enormously by so many. He was an exceptionally warm and giving man and an utterly phenomenal actor and gifted director. I remember being so intimidated by him when we worked together when I was 19 , because he had such a powerful and commanding presence . And that voice! Oh, that voice….. But the reality of course, was that he was the kindest and best of men. Had the patience of a saint. He was a warm hearted puppy dog, who would do anything for anyone if it made them happy. He was a loving and devoted partner to Rima, and like so many of us in our vast industry, my life was enriched by knowing him. My heart goes out to his family and those he loved.”

The pair worked together for the last time in 2014’s A Litte Chaos, a French period drama that Rickman co-wrote, directed and starred in with her.

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