Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has paid tribute on social media to co-star Alan Rickman who passed away on Thursday after a battle with cancer.
Writing on his Google+ account, Radcliffe described Rickman as one of the greatest actors he will ever work with.
“He is also, one of the loyalest and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry,” wrote the 26-year-old who rose to fame through the Harry Potter films.
Both actors were in all eight Potter films, which were released between 2001 and 2011. Rickman played the aloof and cold Severus Snape, a teacher at Hogwarts Academy, who fans eventually discovered was really a decent guy is disguise.
Watch this report from Entertainment Tonight on how other celebrities have reacted to the much-loved actor’s death:
Radcliffe said that the late actor was very encouraging, both on the set of the Potter movies, and through the years that followed.
“I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York,” Radcliffe said.
“He didn’t have to do that. I know other people who’ve been friends with him for much, much longer than I have and they all say ‘if you call Alan, it doesn’t matter where in the world he is or how busy he is with what he’s doing, he’ll get back to you within a day’.”
Rickman died on Thursday in the U.K., in the same week that actor and musician David Bowie passed away, also due to cancer. Both men were 69 years of age. Rickman was one England’s most loved actors who first hit international stardom after playing bad guy Hans Gruber in the American movie Die Hard which also starred Bruce Willis.
He also gained international attention for playing the part of the nasty Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. In total, Rickman acted in 68 films and won 16 awards for his work including a BAFT and a Golden Globe.
“People create perceptions of actors based on the parts they played so it might surprise some people to learn that contrary to some of the sterner (or downright scary) characters he played, Alan was extremely kind, generous, self-deprecating, and funny,” wrote Radcliffe.
“And certain things obviously became even funnier when delivered in his unmistakable double-bass.”
Radcliffe went on to say in his tribute that Rickman was one of the first adults on the set of the Potter films to treat him like a peer rather than a child.
“Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important, and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career,” said Radcliffe.
“Film sets and theater stages are all far poorer for the loss of this great actor and man,” Radcliffe finished on.
See this video posted by ShenronAlt where Michael Gambon and Rickman play a prank on the set of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: