January 2016 is shaping up to be a month of tragic deaths, as we managed to lose both musical genius David Bowie and the incomparable Alan Rickman in the same week; both to cancer and both at 69 years of age. Rickman was a highly-regarded actor both on the screen and the stage, known primarily for his villainous (well, for the most part) roles in films such as Die Hard and the Harry Potter series. While he often played the bad guy, by most accounts, Rickman was a warm, generous soul who was always willing to offer his typically-younger co-stars a guiding hand. In light of the news of his tragic death, we thought we’d highlight some lesser known facts about Rickman to illustrate his uniqueness as an actor and to celebrate the loss of a man who always seemed to elevate any project he worked on.
Here are a few things you might not have known about Alan Rickman. RIP.
10. He Could Sing!
Given how low his speaking voice was, it’s difficult to picture Rickman as being an accomplished singer. As the video below proves though, Rickman actually had a flair for it, displaying a strong singing voice that he generally hid away. So yes, that was actually Rickman singing in Sweeney Todd and he credited his vocal coach on that film for helping him realize his ability, as he claimed that a teacher in drama school told him he sounded like he was “singing through a drain pipe.” Not bad for an actor who was told he should never be a singer!