2016 seemed to be the year that could not stop taking away. Some have been calling it “The Curse of 2016,” referring to the many surprising events that took place during the last year. In a year that saw the passing of many beloved celebrities ranging from David Bowie to Carrie Fisher, we also lost the talented and beloved actor, Alan Rickman. Rickman passed away of cancer early on in January 2016 at only 69.
Rickman was certainly best known for his role in the Harry Potter film franchise as the stern and mysterious Professor Severus Snape and as Hans Gruber in the Die Hard series. However, he was a prominent actor before and after the famous film franchises, having appeared in many films, television shows, and on the stage. He appeared alongside actress Kate Winslet in two films, Sense and Sensibility (1995) and A Little Chaos (2014). Winslet fondly remembers her colleague and friend as a kind and generous man.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly magazine, Winslet shares a touching story that pays tribute to his memory that truly makes us miss him even more than we already did. She tells of how Rickman often took advantage of the success he enjoyed financially from the Harry Potter movies and took it as a chance to be generous. She shares:
“At Al’s memorial, Juliet Stevenson told the story of how whenever Al would go out to supper and anyone else would try and pay, he wold somehow have phoned ahead or slipped his credit card ahead of the meal so no one even got a look at the check. He’d just say, ‘I’ve got two words for you: Harry Potter.’ And he became known for doing that.”
When Rickman passed away last year, Winslet shared her sentiments about the late actor as well, saying in Time magazine that he was “a warm-hearted puppy dog, who would do anything for anyone if it made them happy.” Although the actor was often associated with stern roles such as his roles in Harry Potter or Sweeney Todd, Rickman was the complete opposite in real life. He even left 100,000 pounds in his will to benefit charities that support the arts and also facial reconstruction. His generosity extends posthumously, and we all remember him fondly, one year later.