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The World Wide Robin Hood Society were saddened to hear of the passing of two celebrated English actors, Brian Bedford (80) and Alan Rickman (70) who both lost their fight against cancer on January 14th, 2016.
Both actors had made names for themselves in a variety of roles on stage and screen, including adding some special magic to two iconic Robin Hood movies. Brian Bedford was the voice of the lovable fox who played the Robin character in Walt Disney’s 1973 popular animated version of the legend and Alan Rickman was the cynically evil Sheriff of Nottingham in Kevin Costner’s 1991 blockbuster, “Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves” - where, in a scene-stealing performance, he delivered the classic line “That’s it then! Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings and Call off Christmas!” – creating a phrase which ultimately found its way into movie history’s popular culture!
The talents of both actors will be sadly missed but for Robin Hood fans they both leave behind a legacy that will continue to entertain audiences for generations to come.
Bob White, Chairman, World Wide Robin Hood Society