Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman

Movie Actor

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director. Known for his deep, languid voice, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in modern and classical theatre productions.

Full Name
Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman
Feb 21, 1946
Jan 14, 2016
6′ 1″
Net Worth


Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was born on February 21, 1946 in Acton, London, England. His zodiac sign is Pisces and his ethnicity is English. He was the second of four children born to Margaret Doreen Rose and Bernard William Rickman. His parents ran a pub in nearby Hammersmith.

Rickman studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) from 1972 to 1974 and worked as a graphic designer before becoming an actor. He made his stage debut in 1978 with the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "The Cherry Orchard" and went on to perform in many productions over the years. He made his film debut with the 1988 movie "Die Hard" as Hans Gruber. He earned BAFTA Award nominations for his performances in "Truly Madly Deeply" (1991) and "Sense and Sensibility" (1995).

Rickman also gained critical acclaim for his roles in the Harry Potter series, playing Professor Severus Snape from 2001-2011. Other notable performances include Colonel Brandon in "Sense and Sensibility," Piers Pomfrey in "Galaxy Quest," Judge Turpin in "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," Harry Hawkins in "Love Actually," Alexander Dane/Dr Lazarus in "Galaxy Quest" and Absolem the Caterpillar/Blue Caterpillar in Tim Burton's 2010 version of Alice In Wonderland.

Rickman passed away on January 14, 2016 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 69.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1946</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Alan Rickman is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On February 21, 1946, Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was born in Hammersmith, London.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1986</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">1st Film Role</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Rickman's first film role was as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1991</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">The Barchester Chronicles</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Rickman stars in the six-part miniseries The Barchester Chronicles.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1995</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Takes on Iconic Role of Snape</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Cast as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1996</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives BAFTA Award Nomination</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Receives a nomination for Best Actor at the BAFTA Awards for his performance in Sense and Sensibility.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2010</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives Honorary Degree from University of Exeter</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Awarded an honorary degree in recognition of his contribution to acting.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2016</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Death at 69 Years Old</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Alan Rickman passed away on January 14, 2016 due to pancreatic cancer.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's a Great Actor</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Alan Rickman was an incredibly versatile actor who could bring both gravitas and humor to any role he played. He had a wide range of talents, from comedic roles in films such as Galaxy Quest to dramatic performances in movies like Sense and Sensibility.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He Had a Distinctive Voice</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Alan Rickman had a unique voice that was instantly recognizable. His deep, mellifluous tones added weight to the characters he played, and his accent was perfect for playing characters with an aristocratic or sophisticated background.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He Was Very Charismatic</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Alan Rickman had a great presence on screen and off. His charisma was undeniable, making him the perfect choice for many roles throughout his career. He could bring a sense of charm and intelligence to all of his characters, making them truly memorable.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First Professional Role was on Stage</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Alan Rickman's first professional role was in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of "The Playwright" in 1978.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Graduated from Graphic Design School</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Before becoming an actor, Alan Rickman graduated from the Chelsea College of Art and Design with a degree in graphic design.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Rejected a CBE Award</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2015, Alan Rickman rejected the offer to receive a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) award due to his anti-monarchy views.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Appeared in Harry Potter Films</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Alan Rickman is best known for his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Owned a Restaurant</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Alan Rickman owned a restaurant called The Napoli in London's Covent Garden district which opened in 1996 and closed in 1999.</p></div>


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