Sean Connery (1930 – 2020)

It was with great sadness that I heard yesterday of the passing of Sean Connery, a Scottish actor and one of the film legends. He was a man of incomparable charisma, whose acting and screen presence were always distinguishable and memorable. Possessing innate smoothness, gentleness and his very own recognisable sense of masculinity and vigour, he emanated the persona of a true gentleman and a real action hero on screen and both at the same time, inspiring warmth and a sense of awe in others. If there ever existed an actor or just a human being working in a film industry who personified the word “class”, it was Sir Sean Connery.

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Alan Rickman (1946 – 2016)

British actor Alan Rickman

“If you want to know who I am, it is all in the work.”

“I don’t play villains, I play very interesting people.” (Alan Rickman)

British actor Alan Rickman sadly passed away on 14 January 2016. My first introduction to him was through Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), which I watched at a young age on VHS. Rickman was the perfect villain there, impersonating Sheriff George of Nottingham with such passion, zeal and enthusiasm, he becomes a truly feared man there, and I do not think that impersonation would ever leave me, so powerful it was. Then, of course, we also have Rickman’s “great villains” in Die Hard (1988) and Quigley Down Under (1990). I have always admired people playing villains. Unlike action-heroes or “goodies”, villains in films are people whom no one likes, but they are very important because without them, there will not be any praises for glorious heroes. It also takes real acting skill to play a villain, and Alan Rickman could do so not just superbly and convincingly, but with that originality in his presentation that would be simply enviable.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967 – 2014)

2011PhilipSeymourHoffmanPA090712My passion to develop as an actor didn’t have anything to do with people knowing me. I had no idea that would happen. To become famous, to become a celebrity is something that I thought happened to other people” (Philip Seymour Hoffman).

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Heath Ledger (1979 – 2008)

Heath-Ledger-heath-ledger-5885194-800-600Today marks the 5th year since Heath Ledger passed away. This outstanding actor captured the world audience’s hearts in a teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), and then remained and grew in popularity until his untimely demise in 2008. Awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for portraying Joker in Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008), Heath had arguably only just begun his ascendance to greatness when he completed his last film.

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Tony Scott (1944 – 2012)

“The biggest edge I live on is directing. That’s the most scary, dangerous thing you can do in your life” (Tony Scott, 1995). 

With the most tragic death of great director/producer Tony Scott on 19 August 2012, I thought I would pay tribute and briefly outline his early biography, as well as comment on some of his most memorable films.

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