Alan Rickman's most famous roles from Severus Snape to Colonel Brandon

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Rickman wielded his incredible power as cunning and sly Professor Severus Snape in all of the "Harry Potter" movies. His emotional scenes and snarky commentary made him one of the most loved and hated characters in movie history. To this day, we still recall one of his opening lines in the first Harry Potter flick, "There will be no foolish wand-waving or silly incantations in this class. As such, I don’t expect many of you to appreciate the subtle science and exact art that is potion-making. However, for those select few who cherish… I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses. I can tell you how to bottle fame, brew glory, and even put a stopper in death."

His roles in classic British period pieces were the thing of legend. In the Jane Austen classic, "Sense and Sensibility," Rickman played the strong, older, sensible suitor Colonel Brandon. Brandon pursued Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet) but was many-times thwarted by the young and dashing John Willoughby (Greg Wise) before he finally won her heart. His charismatic, caring and subtle portrayal of the fictional hero was easily one of his best roles.  

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Rickman perfectly portrayed a bored husband and father of two, who is tempted by his young secretary in "Love Actually." The movie was a massive success and Rickman's role, opposite his movie-wife, Emma Thompson, became one of the most complicated and heart-wrenching topics of discussion long after the film was out of theaters. Did he really cheat? Did he just emotionally cheat? Would his marriage survive the betrayal? It was a wry, emotional performance we won't soon forget. 

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In 1988, Rickman rocked the screen opposite Bruce Willis in "Die Hard." The bearded Brit had audiences trembling with his portrayal of terrorist Hans Gruber. It was a sinister role and one of his first US box office hits. 

The 1990 flick "Truly Madly Deeply" was a critical success and won several BAFTA Awards and earned Rickman a Best Actor award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards. In the funny film, Rickman is a cellist who is madly in love with his girlfriend, Nina, played by Juliet Stevenson. Rickman's character passes away, but comes back as a ghost -- and then the movie develops into a funny look at relationships.  

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Rickman one said he was often criticized of his unique voice, but it was his slow, tempting voice that made him a major hit as the Blue Caterpillar in  Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland." His funny way of delivering the lines of a stoned insect were spot-on. 

The stars of a 1970s sci-fi show are beamed aboard an alien spacecraft in the slapstick comedy "Galaxy Quest​." The hilarious storyline showcased Rickman's funny side and his dry British humor. The film also starred Sigourney Weaver and Tim Allen. 

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In many ways, Rickman was a man of the classics. In 2007, he took a turn as Judge Turpin in Tim Burton's adaption of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." 

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Not always the nice guy. In the 1991 recreation of the classic tale, "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," Rickman played the evil sheriff of Nottingham who ruled the kingdom with an iron fist. He's eventually taken down by Robin Hood (Kevin Costner) and his merry men. 

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Rickman's biting wit and incredible nose made him a small scene hit in the 2008 film, "Bottle Shock" about a Paris-based wine expert Steven Spurrier who heads to California's Napa Valley in search of cheap wine that he can use for a blind taste test back in Paris. The underdog story is easily one of his lesser known roles, but no less exceptional. 

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"Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" is about Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw) -- one of 18th-century France's finest perfumers. The story takes a dark turn when his olfactory urges lead to deaths. Rickman plays Richis in the film. 

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Rickman plays God's messenger in the 1990 film "Dogma," which follows the story of two angels who fall from heaven and are forced to try and find a loophole to re-enter. 

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Never a dull moment! In the 2012 thriller-comedy, "Gambit" Rickman stars opposite Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz. 

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Rickman played the older gentleman again in "An Awfully Big Adventure," starring Georgina Cate and Hugh Grant. This time he plays a troubled actor who vies for live against Grant. 

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In one of his last films "A Little Chaos," Rickman played the discerning King Louis XIV, who is determined to create one of the grandest palaces in the world -- Versailles. Rickman is intrigued by a female landscaper (Kate Winslet), who helps bring his visions of grandeur to fruition. 

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The world lost a wonderful actor on Jan. 14, 2016: Alan Rickman.

The British actor, who passed away from cancer at the young age of 69, will be missed for many reasons -- his dry wit, incredible English humor, and most importantly for his ability to completely capture our attention on the big screen with his incredible performances.

Perhaps what is most interesting about Rickman's resume of roles is how broad it was. He played unassuming heroes in "Sense and Sensibility" and the "Harry Potter" franchises. He played villains in "Die Hard" and in a "Robin Hood" remake. He showcased his comedic chops in silly roles in "Bottle Shock" and "Truly, Madly, Deeply." And he handed us one of the most conflicted performances in rom-com history with his role in "Love Actually."

It's hard to deny that Rickman was one of the most legendary actors to come out of Britain. He'll be missed and remembered, always, on the big screen.

Take a deeper look at his incredible roles above.

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LONDON - MARCH 9: Alan Rickman poses during a photo call held on March 9, 2004 at his home in London, England. (Photo by Cambridge Jones/Getty Images)
English actor Alan Rickman, London, 1984. (Photo by Geoff Shields/Getty Images)
British actor Alan Rickman holds the Golden Bear of the 46th Berlin Film Festival during the closing night in Berlin Monday, February 26, 1996. The jury awarded the American movie "Sens and Sensibility" directed by Taiwan Ang Lee as the best film of the competition. (Ap Photo/Jan Bauer)
54TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Alan Rickman, Best Actor In A Leading Role - Mini-Series Or Television Movie for 'Rasputin' on stage during the 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 19, 1997 (Photo by Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
British actress Emma Thompson with British actor/director Alan Rickman at the 54th film festival in Venice, during a presentation of their movie in competition,"Winter Guest", Thursday August 28, 1997. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Cast members of 'Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban' stand together before the preview at Radio City in New York 23 May 2004. From left are: director Alfonso Cuaron, producer David Heyman, Robbie Coltrane, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman, and producer Chris Columbus. AFP PHOTO/Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON - MARCH 9: Alan Rickman poses during a photo call held on March 9, 2004 at his home in London, England. (Photo by Cambridge Jones/Getty Images)
Die amerikanische Schauspielerin Sigourney Weaver, links, und der britische Schauspieler Alan Rickman posieren waehrend eines Fototermins zu ihrem Film 'Snow Cake' in Berlin am Donnerstag, 9. Februar 2006. Mit dem Wettbewerbsfilm 'Snow Cake' wird die 56. Internationalen Filmfestspiele Berlinale in Berlin am Abend eroeffnet werden. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz) --- Actress Sigourney Weaver, left, and British actor Alan Rickman pose during a photocall for their movie 'Snow Cake' at the Berlinale in Berlin on Feb. 9, 2006. The competition movie 'Snow Cake', a British Canadian co-production, is the opening movie of the 56. International Film Festival Berlinale, held in Berlin from Feb 9. until Feb. 19. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz)
British actor Alan Rickman is seen during a news conference for the movie 'Snow Cake' at the Berlinale in Berlin on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006. The competition movie 'Snow Cake', a British-Canadian co-production, is the opening movie of the 56. International Film Festival Berlinale, held in Berlin from Feb. 9. until Feb. 19. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz)
Alan Rickman-November 29, 2006-Alan Rickman, English actor now appearing in new made-in-Canada movie Snowcake (Snowcake is one word). shot in Toronto Wednesday November 29, 2006. (Tannis Toohey/ TORONTO STAR) (Photo by Tannis Toohey/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST15: Actors Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman (R) wave as they arrive for the premier of the film 'Snow Cake' at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, August 15, 2006 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
British actor Alan Rickman arrives for the European premiere of the film 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street', London, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Rachel Hurd-Wood and Alan Rickman At The Premiere Of In 'Perfume' In Berlin Cinestar. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Actor Alan Rickman poses at the Gibson Guitar celebrity hospitality lounge held at the Miners Club during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2008 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images for KC Events)
Alan Rickman on set of the final Harry Potter film ' Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' at Gloucester Cathedral.; - 7th February 2008; 38625; (Photo by Jules Annan/Photoshot/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 31: Alan Rickman attends the 'Bottle Shock' press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on July 31, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 04: Actress Christine Ebersole and actor Alan Rickman attend the premiere of 'Bottle Shock' at Cinema 2 on August 4, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
FILE - A July 9, 2009 file photo, actor Alan Rickman attends the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince", in New York. Rickman, who won a Tony Award in the 2002 production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives," will star in the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's new play "Seminar" on Broadway this fall. The production will open at a Shubert theater to be announced soon. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)
NEW YORK - JULY 09: Actor Alan Rickman attends the 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on July 9, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JULY 09: Actors Michael Gambon, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Alan Rickman attend the 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on July 9, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Actor Alan Rickman attends the Son Jung Wan Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on February 17, 2011 in New York City.
Alan Rickman signs autographs as he arrives for the North American premiere of âHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows â Part 2â July 11, 2011 at Lincoln Center in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Alan Rickman Arriving At The World Premiere Of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, In Trafalgar Square In Central London. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Alan Rickman and Suzanne Bertish sit in the Royal Box on Centre Court before the Ladies' Singles final match between Sabine Lisicki of Germany and Marion Bartoli of France on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Actor Alan Rickman attends 'Une Promesse' Photocall during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino on September 4, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: (R-L) Actors Alan Rickman, Rebecca Hall, director Patrice Leconte and actor Richard Madden attends the 'Une Promesse' Premiere during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Sala Darsena on September 4, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Actors Alan Rickman attends the 'Une Promesse' Premiere during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Sala Darsena on September 4, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 908 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Alan Rickman during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on October 9, 2013 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 13: Director/actor Alan Rickman speaks onstage at the 'A Little Chaos' premiere introduction during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 13, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
Actress Kate Winslet and director/actor Alan Rickman seen at the premiere of "A Little Chaos" at Roy Thomson Hall during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Alan Rickman attends a screening of 'A Little Chaos' during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End on October 17, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Alan Rickman and Collin Kelly-Sordelet backstage after a preview performance of 'The Last Ship' at the Neil Simon Theatre on October 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
Alan Rickman arrives on the red carpet for the evening tribute to Viggo Mortensen during the 14th Marrakech International Film Festival on December 7, 2014 in Marrakech. AFP PHOTO /FADEL SENNA (Photo credit should read FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Helen McCrory, left, Kate Winslett, right, and film Director Alan Rickman pose for photographers upon arrival at the UK premiere of A Little Chaos in west London, Monday, 13 April, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/WIREIMAGE REQUIRED) Helen McCrory (L) and Alan Rickman attend the UK premiere of 'A Little Chaos' at ODEON Kensington on April 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: (SUN NEWSPAPER OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE J. HOGAN GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Alan Rickman attends the UK premiere of 'A Little Chaos' at ODEON Kensington on April 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Alan Rickman attends a Memorial Service for Sir Richard Attenborough at Westminster Abbey on March 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
Alan Rickman attends The Public Theater's Annual Gala at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Director Alan Rickman attends Apple Store Soho: Meet the Filmmaker at Apple Store Soho on June 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Actor Alan Rickman speaks at AOL Build Speaker Series at AOL Studios In New York on June 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0282 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Alan Rickman during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on June 17, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Actors Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman attend the premiere of "A Little Chaos" at the Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Alan Rickman attends on day two of the Qatar Goodwood Festival at Goodwood Racecourse on July 29, 2015 in Chichester, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Qatar Goodwood Festival)
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Alan Rickman attends on day two of the Qatar Goodwood Festival at Goodwood Racecourse on July 29, 2015 in Chichester, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Qatar Goodwood Festival)
FILE - In this Wednesday, April 15, 2015 file photo, actor Alan Rickman poses for photographers on arrival at 'BAFTA A Life In Pictures, with Alan Rickman' in central London. British actor Alan Rickman, whose career ranged from Britainâs Royal Shakespeare Company to the âHarry Potterâ films, has died. He was 69. Rickmanâs family said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 that the actor had died after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP, File)
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