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Here's my FULL tribute to actor Alan Rickman, who passed away on January 14, 2016 and this is a list I've compiled with Rickman's top 10 acting performances. So here we go:

10. Alexander Dane in 'Galaxy Quest'

In the 1999 film Galaxy Quest, Rickman portrayed Alexander Dane, the actor that played Dr. Lazarus of Tev'Meck on a TV series called Galaxy Quest. Lazarus has psionic abilities and a catchphrase: "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan, you shall be avenged!"

9. P.L. O'Hara in 'An Awfully Big Adventure'

An Awfully Big Adventure was a movie directed by Mike Newell (who also directed Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and in the film Rickman portrays a brilliant actor who has returned to the troupe in a stint playing Captain Hook for its Christmas production of Peter Pan.

8. Harry in 'Love Actually'

In Love Actually, Rickman portrays Harry, the managing director of a design company. He gets a secretary named Mia and you know... stuff happens.

7. Jamie in 'Truly, Madly, Deeply'

In the film, Truly, Madly, Deeply, Rickman portrays Jamie, a cellist and the dead boyfriend of Nina. He comes back as a ghost and helps Nina get over him.

6. Judge Turpin in 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street'

Rickman portrays Judge Turpin in the Tim Burton-directed movie, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Judge Turpin is a corrupt man who wants to marry the wife of the barber portrayed by Johnny Depp, and sends him to Australia for a crime he didn't commit.

5. Blue Caterpillar in 'Alice in Wonderland'

In the 2010 movie Alice in Wonderland, Rickman voiced the Blue Caterpillar. This role will also be his final film role, in the film's sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass.

4. Sheriff of Nottingham in 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'

The Sheriff of Nottingham is the main villain in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and he played the role in the 1991 adaption of the film.

3. Grigori Rasputin in 'Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny'

Rickman portrays Grigori Rasputin in the film, a Russian peasant. He received a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award for this role.

2. Hans Gruber in 'Die Hard'

In the movie Die Hard, Rickman portrays Hans Gruber, the leader of a pack of German terrorists. This is one of his most memorable roles.

1. Severus Snape in the 'Harry Potter' film series

You probably called it. His eleven-year role as Professor Severus Snape is most likely his best and most memorable performances. His role is the unlikable Potions master at Hogwarts. And his most famous line from the series is most likely, "Always."


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