Alan Rickman was a great villain and actor.

His first film that I remember was Die Hard. He was the mastermind Hans Gruber to Bruce Willis' John McCain. Next he was in Robin Hood, The Prince of Thieves. There he was the sheriff of Nottingham to Kevin Costner's Robin Hood in 1995, along with Morgan Freeman, "The Painted Man." Both have action and some very funny one-liners.

Rickman was in many, many movies, looking at his list. I have heard of them, but have not seen them. In 1991, Truly, Madly, Deeply and in 2003 Love, Actually and so many more.

Turns out Rickman did some directing as well: n 1995, The Winter Guest, and in 2015 A Little Chaos.

Now I also remember him as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films. I have only seen two movies, but Rickman was a great fit for that part.

On a personal note, Rickman recently married his sweetheart Rima Horton in 2012 and they had been together since 1965. I no longer can pick on my husband for the six years I waited for him to pop the question.

A great actor, Alan Rickman died of cancer January 14.

We have lost many greats this month. Most notable, singer David Bowie. He now has a baby penguin named after him at the Cincinnati Zoo. Bowie died at age 69 on Jan. 10 of cancer.

Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Monte Irvin died on Jan. 11 at age 96. He was a top player in the Negro League and played for the New York Giants in the 1950s.

Actor David Margulies died on Jan. 11 at age 78. He was the mayor in the both Ghostbusters movies. He was also in many other movies, plays and TV shows, such as The Sopranos, Northern Exposure and Law & Order.

Pat Harrington died on Jan. 6 at age 86. He was Schneider in One Day at a Time.

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