On Sunday, Google paid tribute to the late British actor Alan Rickman with a Google Doodle commemorating his performance in the 1987 Broadway production of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” Rickman, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 69, was an iconic figure in the entertainment industry, known for his versatility and ability to portray complex characters.
The Google Doodle features an animated sketch of Rickman in his role as the anti-hero Le Vicomte de Valmont, a character who uses his wit and charm to seduce and manipulate those around him. The play, based on the 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, was a critical and commercial success, and helped launch Rickman’s career in the United States.
Before his success on Broadway, Rickman worked as a graphic designer and had only appeared in a handful of small roles on stage and screen. But his performance in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” caught the attention of critics and audiences alike, earning him a Tony Award nomination and paving the way for his future success.
Rickman’s most famous role came in the form of Severus Snape, the enigmatic potions master in the “Harry Potter” film series. Rickman played Snape in all eight films, bringing depth and nuance to a character who was initially portrayed as a villain but later revealed to have a complex backstory.
But Rickman’s talents extended far beyond the world of “Harry Potter.” He played a variety of roles throughout his career, from the suave and villainous Hans Gruber in “Die Hard” to the Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” for which he won a BAFTA award.
Rickman was also known for his work on stage, including a memorable performance as the title character in “Hamlet” at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was a gifted actor who could convey a range of emotions with just a subtle change in expression or tone of voice.
In addition to his work as an actor, Rickman was also a director and producer, and was involved in a number of projects throughout his career. He was widely respected by his peers and fans alike, and his passing in 2016 was met with an outpouring of grief and tributes from around the world.
The Google Doodle is a fitting tribute to Rickman’s life and legacy, and a reminder of the impact he had on the entertainment industry. His performances will continue to inspire and entertain audiences for generations to come.