Judge Turpin aka Alan Rickman

I will miss the actor whose arrogance and snarl created memorable villains. Remember him in Sweeney Todd? Alan Rickman shows off his singing skills as Judge Turpin in “Pretty Women” with Johnny Depp.

What was your favorite role of his?

42 thoughts on “Judge Turpin aka Alan Rickman

  1. Oh, that’s a great one Cindy. Certainly, his Hans Gruber from DIE HARD has to be there for me, but I think his Prof. Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series will always haunt me. God, I will miss this grand person and performer.

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    1. HI MIchael. I read Hans was his first Hollywood role. He made a splash!

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  2. Aside from the obvious one – The Interrogator from Closet Land.

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    1. Wow! I missed this one. It looks awesome! I always liked Madeleine Stowe.

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      1. I think you’d like it – they’re the only two people in the entire film. Very cool.

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  3. Snape and Gruber, masterful work. Terribly sad loss.

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    1. Adam, he had a lengthy filmography. He was a fine headliner, but I liked a lot of his supporting work, too.

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      1. Indeed, I need to see more of his work. Always a joy on-screen.

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  4. Very sad to hear of the news, I remember him from Rasputin and of course Die Hard and Harry Potter.

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    1. Excellent choice! That was a television movie worth watching.

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  5. Alan Rickman could certainly menace, sneer and snarl, but I enjoyed his other, vulnerable personas such as those presented in Blow Dry, Bottle Shock, and Snow Cake.

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    1. Alan, I’m grateful you mentioned the softer side of Alan! Sense and Sensibility. I loved how Col. Brandon read to Marianne Dashwood.

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  6. I liked him more when he wasn’t a theatrical villain. ‘Close My Eyes’ ( Stephen Poliakoff, 1991) where he acted as much with looks and glances, as well as the script and direction. I hope he isn’t only remembered for Harry Potter, as he was also as famous for his theatre work in the UK.
    Two sad losses in one week. Let’s hope there’s not a third.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Bravo, Pete. His theatre work–Oh, I would have loved to have seen him perform on the stage.

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  7. Living where I do, it has to be the Sheriff of Nottingham.

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    1. He was a very amusing Sheriff, I agree.

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    2. Ah, yes, John, quite right! I miss Sherwood Forest. You live in a lovely part of the world, indeed, and Alan was a perfect Sheriff of Nottingham.

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  8. I know it is the most obvious role, but Hans Gruber Will always bear his signature. And it’s not simply that he gives a good performance. He also gives us one of the most memorable action movie villains in the history of film. Completely unforgettable.

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    1. Yes, he set a standard and locked him in as the smart, sarcastic character.

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  9. I never saw anything he did that I didn’t like.
    That’s pretty amazing in itself.

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    1. JC, yep, his voice–his characters were too smart for their own good. You understood the logic. Despite his villainous characters, he managed to convey a sensitive side.

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  10. i cant nail it down to one favorite role, because every time he showed up in a movie, i was happy to see him.

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  11. Great post. I realise how everyone shout about Die Hard and Harry Potter, but for me his performance in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves will always be the most memorable. I think he was just unbelievably great there.

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  12. Probably an unusual choice but fore it’s Metatron in Dogma.

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    1. Excellent choice! Yes, I love that film and he was perfect in the role, Abbi. 🙂

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  13. Hans Gruber was mine. Though he was an excellent and very versatile actor. I’m still sad he’s gone, but he left us with so many great performances to watch over and over again.

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    1. Hi Vinnieh! Yes, well said. He always made every film better because of his presence.

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      1. And his voice was just amazing to listen to.

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        1. I didn’t know he could sing, but that duet with Depp is awesome! What a pitch.

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          1. Just another part of his undeniable talent, the man could do anything.

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  14. Hi Cindy! For some reason I couldn’t access your site the last couple of days. I LOVE Rickman but I actually haven’t seen Sweeney Todd yet, though I’m sure I’d love his performance here. I’ve just posted 7 of my fave roles of his, I’ll miss him so much!

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    1. Hi Ruth, Sweeney Todd has an interesting history as a Broadway Musical from the 80s. It starred Angela Lansbury and she won a Tony. The play is based on a true story from the Victorian Age in London where a barber went together with a baker and served meat pies made out of humans. Times were rough 😉 So its disgusting. But, the music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are exquisite. The Johnny Depp/Tim Burton collaboration is quite good, really, except Tim overdoes it with the blood and Helena B. Carter’s voice is tinny.

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  15. I saw most of the movies with Alan Rickman and enjoyed them. I felt Sweeney Todd was fun and yet expectedly creepy, in “Sweeney Todd.” In Robin Hood, with Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman he was great villain. Yet, his human role, as a husband with just flirtation on his mind brings me (and Emma Thompson) to tears in, “Love Actually.”
    Speaking of Emma T. she ends up with Hugh Grant and her sister ends up with Alan Rickman in “Sense and Sensibility” where he is a sweet, kind neighbor and gentleman. 🙂 This will be my ☆ favorite role, as a good guy.

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    1. I agree with you, Robin. I love him in Sense and Sensibility. And wanted to clobber him in Love, Actually. Joni Mitchell. Her music would make anyone cry.
      I sure would love your participation on February 13 when we discuss female protagonists. Have you seen any of the three choices set up for Lucky 13 Film Club?

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  16. “By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged.” (Sir Alexander Dane, “Galaxy Quest”)

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    1. He managed to play the silly in a convincing way. His ability to parody the genres was a gift. I loved him in Dogma.

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  17. That’s a brilliant one 🙂
    Besides Harry Potter movies, I love his Colonel in Sense and Sensibility.

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    1. Me, too. I love it when he is at her side reading. He was so in love with her.

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      1. He was so gentle. I think I have a dvd, might watch it tonight.

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        1. good way to spend a Friday night 😉

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