Holy cow, it seems I'm not the only one shocked and saddened to hear of Alan Rickman's passing. Apparently the famous actor was secretly battling cancer, and he lost that battle this morning, sending reverberations around the world at the unexpected news.
I loved his quiet, classy portrayal of Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility...
...and his hilarious rendition of Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest.
From all accounts, he was as gracious off-screen as he was on.
Rest in peace, Mr. Rickman.