Alan Rickman’s Legacy Lives on Through Google Doodle’s Tribute

Alan Rickman d!ed in 2016, and the world lost a true star on stage and screen. However, his memory lives on through his unforgettable acts and the many hearts he touched during his life. Today, we remember his legendary career and the man behind some of the most popular characters in film and theater history with a Google Doodle tribute.

Alan Rickman left an indelible mark on the entertainment world, from his iconic role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series to his unforgettable performances in movies like Die Hard and Love. This Google Doodle is a reminder of the incredible talent and enduring spirit he brought to every role he played.

Google Doodle Remembers Alan Rickman’s Incredible Career

The English actor Alan Rickman, who p@ssed away in 2016 at 69 following a battle with cancer, is the subject of Google’s newest Doodle. According to, On Sunday (30 April 203), the 36th anniversary of his performance in the Broadway production that helped establish his career, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liasons), Rickman was recalled for his deep and languid voice.

The Tony Award nomination and subsequent film offers came following Rickman’s performance as the cunning French aristocrat Vicomte de Valmont.

Drawing Rickman with his eyebrows raised and surrounded by leaves, artist Helene Leroux said it was a “privilege to honor” his life and achievements with the Google Doodle.

“I wanted to illustrate Alan’s passion for creativity — represented in the soft watercolors of the background in reference to some of Alan’s most beautiful artwork,” she told PA Wire.

“Following his de@th, Alan’s popular autobiographical diaries also captured the nation’s attention. The fine represents these candid and entertaining reflections, fountain-pen-like scratches layered on a background resembling white lined paper.”

Alan Rickman's Legacy Lives on Through Google Doodle's Tribute

“His diary scribbles also inspire the branches on either side of the Doodle. His diverting on-screen performances have undoubtedly left a unique and lasting imprint on British culture, and I am thrilled that it lives on via my doodle today.”

An esteemed Royal Academy of Dramatic Art graduate, Rickman became known for playing villainous roles with a sly, alluring glee.

In 1988’s Die Hard, Rickman played Hans Gruber, a cr!minal mastermind who is now widely regarded as one of the most iconic film villains of all time. Due to the film’s commercial success, he was cast as an adversary in subsequent films like Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

As the 1990s progressed, he appeared in films including Sense and Sensibility (1995) and Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996), the latter of which garnered him both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

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In 2001’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the actor played the unforgettable role of Severus Snape. His menacing screen presence and ability to captivate an audience made him an ideal choice to play the title role in all eight Harry Potter movies.

Rickman has been nominated for dozens of acting prizes and has directed three plays and two films. In addition to his acting career, he will be remembered for his charitable work and the kind, caring person he was outside the spotlight.

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