Google Doodle Celebrates Actor Alan Rickman’s Legacy

Google has recently dedicated its most recent Doodle to the late and accomplished English actor Alan Rickman, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 69 due to a battle with cancer. The Doodle commemorates the 36th anniversary of Rickman’s appearance in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liasons), a renowned Broadway play that launched his acting career in 1987. Rickman’s portrayal of the deceitful French aristocrat, the Vicomte de Valmont, earned him a Tony nomination and led to him being offered roles in films soon after.

Google Doodle Celebrates Actor Alan Rickman's Legacy

The Doodle was created by Helene Leroux, who stated that it was an honour to pay tribute to Rickman’s life and career in the image, which depicts him raising his eyebrows and encircled by leaves. Leroux wanted to emphasise Rickman’s enthusiasm for creativity, which was portrayed through the gentle watercolours in the background, referencing some of Rickman’s most stunning artwork. Leroux also mentioned that Rickman’s popular autobiographical diaries, which garnered the attention of the public after his death, were depicted through the fine, pen-like scratches superimposed on a background resembling lined paper. The branches on either side of the Doodle were also influenced by Rickman’s diary scribbles. Leroux claimed that Rickman’s captivating on-screen performances had left a distinctive and enduring impression on British culture, and she was overjoyed that it lives on through her Doodle.

Google Doodle Celebrates Actor Alan Rickman's Legacy

Rickman was a graduate of the esteemed Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was frequently cast as a villain due to his remarkable ability to portray evil characters with wicked, irresistible relish. He made his mark in the film industry by playing the criminal mastermind Hans Gruber in the 1988 film Die Hard, which is now regarded as one of the most prominent villains in cinematic history. Rickman’s success in Die Hard led to him being cast as similar antagonist roles in films such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. In the 1990s, he continued to build his career with roles in Sense and Sensibility (1995) and Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996), the latter of which earned him an Emmy and Golden Globe Award. In 2001, Rickman brought the character of Severus Snape to life in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, a role that he played with such captivating performance that he became an international sensation. His commanding and intimidating performance in the Harry Potter films made him a household name and further cemented his place in cinematic history.

Throughout his career, Rickman was recognised with numerous nominations and awards for his acting, and he also directed two films and three plays. In addition to his on-screen and stage work, he is also remembered for his philanthropic efforts and his kind and empathetic nature outside of acting.

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