He leaves his wife, Rima Horton, an arts patron and former Labour councillor.
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Warwick posted on Twitter: "So terribly sad to hear of the passing of Alan Rickman. I recalled the trailer in which he offered me some of the greatest advice I ever received about this mad profession we shared.
Being back in those corridors made me remember a lot of things and I will treasure those memories all my life.
Sir Ian Mc Kellen shared a photo of himself, Alan Rickman and actress Greta Scacchi at the 1997 Golden Globe Awards on his Facebook and Twitter page.
He wrote a touching tribute to the late Truly Madly Deeply actor, who has died from cancer aged 69.
• BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning actor dies from cancer at 69 • Star surrounded by family and friends as he passed away • Shock for fans as he had not spoken publicly of his illness • Best known for Die Hard role and as Prof Snape in Harry Potter • JK Rowling: 'He was a magnificent actor and wonderful man' • 'Such talent and wicked charm': Tributes to giant of screen • Gallery: Alan Rickman's life and career in pictures Alan Rickman, the actor who has died of cancer, had been unaware of the severity of his illness until recent weeks, friends said.