Alan Rickman

Mostly Credited As: Alan Rickman
Birth Name: Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman
Date Of Birth: February 21, 1946 (Age 69)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Hammersmith, London, England
Date Of Death: January 14, 2016
Cause Of Death: Cancer
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Alan Rickman

Of Irish and Welsh parentage, Alan was born in London's Hammersmith district on February 21, 1946. His father, who was a painter and decorator, died of cancer when the actor was eight, leaving behind Alan, his mother, and three siblings. After winning a scholarship to West London's Latymer Upper School, Rickman began acting, at the encouragement of his teachers. He also developed an interest in art, and he went on to study graphic design at the Royal College of Art. He founded a Soho-based design company, but after deciding that his heart lay in acting, he abandoned the company when he was twenty-six to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He spent three years there, serving as a dresser to such actors as Ralph Richardson and Nigel Hawthorne. After leaving RADA, Rickman began to make his name on the stage, first appearing in repertory and then landing lead roles in London productions. He gained particular acclaim for his portrayal of Valmont in a West End production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, eventually reprising his role for the Broadway production and winning a Tony nomination.
His first movie success was as the evil villian Hans Gruber in Die Hard along side Bruce Willis. Other major movie credits include Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, Truly, Madly, Deeply, Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood-Prince of Thieves, Galaxy Quest and most notably Professor Severus Snape in the beloved Harry Potter film series.
His first love, however, is theatre and he has passed up many choice movie roles in favour of the stage.
He is devoted to his longtime love and partner - Rima Horton and the couple have been together since the 1960's.

Alan is a true British gentleman, actor extraordinaire, adored and admired by millions, he is undeniably one of the world's finest actors.

Movie Credits

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) - Severus Snape
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) - Severus Snape
Snowcake (2005) - Alex Hughes
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - Severus Snape
Something the Lord Made (2004) - Alfred Blalock
Love Actually (2003) - Harry
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) - Severus Snape
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) - Severus Snape
Blow Dry (2001) - Phil Arden
Galaxy Quest (1999) - Alexander Dane/Dr. Lazarus
Michael Collins (1996) - Eamon de Valera
Rasputin (1996) - Grigori Rasputin
Sense and Sensibility (1995) - Colonel Brandon
An Awfully Big Adventure (1995) - P.L. O'Hara
Mesmer (1994) - Franz Anton Mesmer
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) - Sheriff of Nottingham
Truly Madly Deeply (1991) - Jamie
Closet Land (1991) - Interrogator
Quigley Down Under (1990) - Elliott Marston
Die Hard (1988) - Hans Gruber

... and many more.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Richard Attenborough A Life in Film (2014)As: Himself (Narrator)
The Barchester Chronicles (1982)As: Rev. Obadiah Slope
Episode Cast Credits 

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) 
  Mark Ruffalo, Alan Rickman, James Taylor 02x96: (Jun/17/2015) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The One Show (2006) 
  March 25, 2015 09x149: (Mar/25/2015) As Himself 

Muse of Fire: A Shakespearean Road Movie (2013) 
  Muse of Fire: A Shakesperean Road Movie 01x01: (Oct/24/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments (2011) 
  50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments 01x01: (Jul/27/2011) As Himself 

Daybreak (2010) 
  July 8, 2011 01x220: (Jul/08/2011) As Himself 

Hollywood Greats (1977) 
  Richard Harris 05x02: (Mar/15/2004) As Himself 

King of the Hill (1997) 
  Joust like a Woman 06x08: (Feb/24/2002) Voiced  King Philip, [Special Guest Stars]

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Tom Brokaw, Alan Rickman, Matthew Sweet 07x44: (Dec/21/1999) As Himself 

The View (1997) 
  Season 1, Episode 105 01x105: (Jan/02/1998) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995) 
  3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 03x01: (Feb/22/1997) As Winner: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (for 'Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny') 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 54x01: (Jan/19/1997) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television (for 'Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny') 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 48th Annual Emmy Awards 48x01: (Sep/08/1996) As Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (for 'Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny') 

Fallen Angels (1993) 
  Murder Obliquely 01x05: (Sep/19/1993) As Dwight Billings 

Girls on Top (1985) 
  Cancel Toast 01x04: (Nov/13/1985) Voiced  RADA 
  Four Play 01x01: (Oct/23/1985) As Dimitri 

Smiley's People (1982) 
  The General's Big Fish 01x02: (Oct/04/1982) As Brownlow 

Shelley (1979) 
  Nowt So Queer 02x03: (May/01/1980) As Clive 

BBC Television Shakespeare (1978) 
  Romeo and Juliet 01x01: (Dec/03/1978) As Tybalt 

The Directors (1999) 
  Anthony Minghella 02x25: (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself 
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Alan worked as the writer and director of The Winter Guest (1997).

For the Royal Court, Alan appeared in the following plays: The Seagull, The Grass Widow, and The Lucky Chance.

For the Edinburgh Festival he appeared in the following plays: The Devil Is an A**, and Measure for Measure (also at the Birmingham, Royal National Theatre and European tour), and the Brothers Karamozov (in Russia and Georgia).

Alan performed on Mike Oldfield's CD Tubular Bells II (1992), credited as the Master of Ceremonies under the pseudonym "A Strolling Player". Alan announced the various instruments which Oldfield introduces on track 7, "The Bell."

Alan appeared in videoclip 'In Demand' from Texas (2000).

Alan is one of only three actors, to date, to play a title character in a Harry Potter film.

Alan failed his California driving test at one point for "driving too cautiously through a green light."

Alan says Canada is like a second home to him.

Alan was active in raising funds for the Labour Party in the UK.

Alan was voted #19 in Empire Magazine's Greatest Living Movie Stars over the age of 50.

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Alan Rickman Quotes
Alan Rickman: I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously.

Alan Rickman: (On longtime partner Rima Horton) I think every relationship should be allowed to have its own rules. She's tolerant. She's incredibly tolerant. Unbelievably tolerant. Possibly a candidate for sainthood.

Alan Rickman: I have a love-hate relationship with white silk.