15 Iconic Hollywood Actors You Didn’t Know Mentored Your Favorite Stars

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Alan Rickman and Colin Firth

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Alan Rickman‘s death was an especially sad day for anyone who loves great actors. It was especially sad for Colin Firth, though, because the two were actually quite close. Although the age difference between them wasn’t huge, Colin came to see Alan was something of a mentor. The King’s Speech star had always admired Alan’s acting abilities, but he also learned a lot from the Harry Potter actor about things that had nothing to do with acting.

“He offered personal wisdom, not actor-y advice,” Colin told The Hollywood Reporter. “There are some people you didn’t know how much they meant to you until you miss them, and I think Alan is one of those people.”

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