Ian McKellen shares emotional tribute to ‘matchless’ Alan Rickman

McKellen shared a few of his memories of the late actor on Twitter.

Sir Ian McKellen has shared a personal tribute to actor Alan Rickman, who passed away at the age of 69.

McKellen released a statement on Twitter honouring the star, best known for playing the roles of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films and villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

“There is so much that is matchless to remember about Alan Rickman,” writes McKellen, going on to recall how Rickman stood up for him on the set of Rasputin.

“Behind his starry insouciance and careless elegance, behind that mournful face, which was just as beautiful when wracked with mirth, there was a super-active spirit, questioning and achieving, a super-hero, unassuming but deadly effective,” adds McKellen.

Tributes for the late actor have been pouring in from social media. JK Rowling, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Thompson, Steven Fry and more have shared their memories of Rickman.

His death was confirmed by his family in a statement released on Thursday (January 14): “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”

Over the course of his 30-plus year career, Rickman won a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.