Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman

69 (passed away Jan. 14th, 2016)
Feb. 21st, 1946
Born in
Hammersmith, London, England
6' 1

Alan Rickman's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Fallen Angels TV Show
Fallen Angels
The Barchester Chronicles (UK) TV Show
The Barchester Chronicles (UK)

Main Movie Roles

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Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (February 21, 1946 ~ January 14, 2016) was an English actor and director, known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen. Rickman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in modern and classical theatre productions. His first big television part came in 1982, but his big break was as the Vicomte de Valmont in the stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman gained wider notice for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series.

Rickman's other film roles included the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, for which he received the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Jamie in Truly, Madly, Deeply, Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility, the title character in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny, which won him a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award, Harry in Love Actually, P. L. O'Hara in An Awfully Big Adventure, Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest and Judge Turpin in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's musical of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

In 1965, at the age of 19, Rickman met 18-year-old Rima Horton, who became his first girlfriend and would later be a Labour Party councillor on the Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council (1986–2006) and an economics lecturer at the nearby Kingston University. In 2015, Rickman confirmed that they had married in a private ceremony in New York City in (2012). They lived together from 1977 until his death in January 2016.

Rickman was an active patron of the research foundation Saving Faces; and honorary president of the International Performers' Aid Trust, a charity that works to fight poverty amongst performing artists all over the world. When discussing politics, Rickman said he "was born a card-carrying member of the Labour Party".
Rickman was the godfather of fellow actor 'Tom Burke'.

In August 2015, Rickman suffered a minor stroke, which led to the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He concealed the fact that he was terminally ill from all but his closest confidants. On (January 14, 2016), Rickman died in a London hospital, surrounded by friends and relatives. Soon after, his fans created a memorial underneath the "Platform 9¾" sign at London King's Cross railway station.

Tributes from Rickman's co-stars and contemporaries appeared on social media following the announcement; since his cancer was not publicly known, some—like 'Ralph Fiennes' ~ (Lord Voldemort), who "cannot believe he is gone", and 'Jason Isaacs' ~ (Lucius Malfoy), who was "sidestepped by the awful news"—expressed their surprise. Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling called Rickman "a magnificent actor and a wonderful man". 'Emma Watson' ~ (Hermione Granger) wrote, "I feel so lucky to have worked and spent time with such a special man and actor. I'll really miss our conversations". 'Daniel Radcliffe' ~ (Harry Potter) appreciated his loyalty and support. "I'm pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn't have to do that". 'Evanna Lynch' ~ (Luna Lovegood) said it was scary to bump into Rickman in character as Snape, but "he was so kind and generous in the moments he wasn't Snaping about". 'Rupert Grint' ~ (Ron Weasley) said, "even though he has gone I will always hear his voice".

'Kate Winslet', who gave a tearful tribute at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards, remembered Rickman as warm and generous. "And that voice! Oh, that voice". Dame 'Helen Mirren' said his voice "could suggest honey or a hidden stiletto blade". 'Emma Thompson' remembered "the intransigence which made him the great artist he was—his ineffable and cynical wit, the clarity with which he saw most things, including me ... I learned a lot from him". Colin Firth told The Hollywood Reporter that, as an actor, Rickman had been a mentor. John McTiernan, director of Die Hard, said Rickman was the antithesis of the villainous roles for which he was most famous on screen. Sir Ian McKellen wrote, "behind (Rickman's) mournful face, which was just as beautiful when wracked with mirth, there was a super-active spirit, questing and achieving, a super-hero, unassuming but deadly effective".

Rickman provided the voice of Absolem the Caterpillar in Burton's film Alice in Wonderland (2010). His final film role is as the voice of Absolem in Alice Through the Looking Glass, which will be released in May 2016.


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