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8 Alan Rickman Characters We'll Never Forget

Hans Gruber ('Die Hard')

Hans Gruber ('Die Hard')

Hans Gruber is the villain of all villains. Hostages? They mean nothing to him. Intelligence? Unmatched. He correctly anticipated the FBI’s moves. He figured out who McClane’s wife was. He even personally took out the company CEO. Mix it all together with a small dose of cold humor, and you can understand why Rickman hit it out of the park with this role.

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Harry ('Love Actually')

Harry ('Love Actually')

To be fair, Harry is a jerk, but Rickman was just so good at playing the jerk role! The real problem here is that there is no plausible way anyone would cheat on Emma Thompson, Harry's wife. So it’s no surprise that Harry realizes he was a fool and asks for forgiveness. She calls him out, and he admits to it. That means he can’t be that bad, right?

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Colonel Brandon ('Sense and Sensibility')

Colonel Brandon ('Sense and Sensibility')

The 1995 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility did several things right, one of which was casting Rickman as Colonel Brandon alongside Kate Winslet’s Marianne. It’s one of Rickman’s rare light roles and he does it well.

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Absalom ('Alice in Wonderland')

Absalom ('Alice in Wonderland')

It might have just been a voice role, but Rickman’s vocals killed it as everyone’s favorite hookah-smoking, blue caterpillar. With a voice like that, it’s hard to be bad.

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Ronald Reagan ('Lee Daniels’ The Butler')

Ronald Reagan ('Lee Daniels’ The Butler')

Who better to play Ronald Reagan than stately Alan Rickman? Even though the actor wasn't a red-blooded American, we were willing to look the other way. But then we have to look back, just to make sure that it’s not The Gipper himself. While the film might not portray Reagan in an overtly positive light, Rickman added some gravitas to an otherwise cartoonish array of presidential impersonations.

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Judge Turpin ('Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street')

Judge Turpin ('Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street')

While it was a supporting role in the movie, Rickman managed to make it meaningful and memorable. Judge Turpin isn’t exactly lovable, and Rickman might not have had the voice of an opera sensation, but he’s better than most.

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Marvin ('The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy')

Marvin ('The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy')

Rickman perfectly voiced the chronically depressed Marvin the Paranoid Android in this comedic sci-fi film. The little robot had such a vast computational intellect that everything humans asked of him was hardly a challenge. Rickman mellowed out his voice to be more monotone, creating a perfectly apathetic companion for the very emotional humans aboard his spaceship.

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Severus Snape (The 'Harry Potter' Franchise)

Severus Snape (The 'Harry Potter' Franchise)

Of course, Rickman’s portrayal of Professor Snape in the eight Harry Potter  movies will be the No. 1 character we'll never forget. His performance moved viewers to both hate and love Snape, and his close involvement with the character’s costuming and early knowledge of Snape’s fate secures this role in the top spot.

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