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Also Known As: Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman Died:
Born: February 21, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, dresser, graphic artist

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Effortlessly urbane British actor Alan Rickman enjoyed a distinguished stage career with the Royal Shakespeare Company prior to winning international acclaim in dozens of film and television projects. Following years of work on U.K. television, the actor was instantly entered into the pantheon of all-time movie villains with his portrayal of German terrorist Hans Gruber in the action classic "Die Hard" (1988). Roles like the scheming Sheriff of Nottingham in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991) may have threatened to typecast the award-winning actor, although his romantic lead in "Sense and Sensibility" (1995) convinced audiences of his versatility. Offering further proof, Rickman won an Emmy for his portrayal of the mad Russian monk in the acclaimed biopic "Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny" (HBO, 1996), followed by sardonically comic turns in Kevin Smith's controversial "Dogma" (1999) and the sci-fi spoof "Galaxy Quest" (1999). The role of a lifetime came Rickman's way when he played the morally ambiguous wizard Professor Severus Snape for the first time in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001) and all seven blockbuster sequels. He also charmed in real world fare amidst ensemble casts in...

Effortlessly urbane British actor Alan Rickman enjoyed a distinguished stage career with the Royal Shakespeare Company prior to winning international acclaim in dozens of film and television projects. Following years of work on U.K. television, the actor was instantly entered into the pantheon of all-time movie villains with his portrayal of German terrorist Hans Gruber in the action classic "Die Hard" (1988). Roles like the scheming Sheriff of Nottingham in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991) may have threatened to typecast the award-winning actor, although his romantic lead in "Sense and Sensibility" (1995) convinced audiences of his versatility. Offering further proof, Rickman won an Emmy for his portrayal of the mad Russian monk in the acclaimed biopic "Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny" (HBO, 1996), followed by sardonically comic turns in Kevin Smith's controversial "Dogma" (1999) and the sci-fi spoof "Galaxy Quest" (1999). The role of a lifetime came Rickman's way when he played the morally ambiguous wizard Professor Severus Snape for the first time in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001) and all seven blockbuster sequels. He also charmed in real world fare amidst ensemble casts in efforts like "Love Actually" (2003) and became a go-to talent for director Tim Burton in the hits "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (2007) and "Alice in Wonderland" (2010). Rickman's exquisite voice, dramatic command, and languid, cool presence made him a national treasure in his homeland, as well as an honored guest on American screens.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Winter Guest (1997) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Promise, A (2014)
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 BAM150 (2012)
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 Bottle Shock (2008)
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Was a graphics designer at his own graphic design business for three years before turning to acting
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Appeared on stage in such productions as "Ubu Roi" and "Hamlet"
1979:
Made American TV debut as Tybalt in "Romeo and Juliet" for "The Shakespeare Plays" on PBS
1985:
Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company
1985:
Originated role of Le Vicomte de Valmont in RSC's West End production of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" opposite Lindsay Duncan; reprised the role in the RSC's production on Broadway in 1987; earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance
1988:
Feature acting debut in "Die Hard" as German terrorist Hans Gruber
1991:
Starred as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves"
1995:
Gave acclaimed perfomance in title role of HBO movie "Rasputin"; won Emmy Award
1995:
Co-starred in the Oscar-winning film version of "Sense and Sensibility"
1997:
Feature directorial debut, "The Winter Guest"; also co-scripted with playwright Sharman MacDonald
1998:
Co-starred with Helen Mirren in the London stage production of "Antony and Cleopatra"
1999:
Played an angel in Kevin Smith's comedy "Dogma"
2001:
Reteamed on stage with Lindsay Duncan for a revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives"
2001:
Cast as Professor Snape in, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," the film adaptation of the first novel of the best-selling fantasy series by J.K. Rowling
2002:
Again played Professor Snape in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"
2003:
Starred in the romantic drama "Love Actually"
2004:
Starred opposite Mos Def in the HBO drama "Something the Lord Made"; a dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie
2004:
Reprised role of Professor Snape in, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," the third book in the 'Harry Potter' series
2005:
Reprised role of Professor Snape in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"; adapted from the fourth book in the fantasy series by J.K. Rowling and directed by Mike Newell
2005:
Directed the play "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" at the Royal Court Theatre in London; based on the writings of the 23 year old American woman who was killed on March 16, 2003 by an Israeli Army bulldozer
2007:
Co-starred with Sigourney Weaver in the drama, "Snow Cake"
2007:
Reprised the role of Professor Snape in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the fifth book in the fantasy series
2007:
Played the lecherous Judge Turpin, opposite Johnny Depp, in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
2008:
Portrayed English wine expert Steven Spurrier in "Bottle Shock"
2009:
Reprised the role of Professor Snape in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth book in the fantasy series directed by David Yates
2010:
Re-teamed with Tim Burton to play the Caterpillar in "Alice in Wonderland"
2010:
Reprised role of Professor Snape for the seventh and final installment of the series directed by David Yates, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"; film released in two parts, Part 1 in November 2010 and Part 2 in July 2011
2011:
Cast in the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's "Seminar" on Broadway
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Education

Royal College of Art: -
Latymer Upper School: -
Chelsea School of Art: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1972 - 1974

Notes

"The reason why I'm an actor is to flirt with danger--this is my way of doing it, rather than jumping across the Grand Canyon"--Alan Rickman, quoted in THE BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE, 5/19/91

"I've always enjoyed rehearsals more than performances, because you don't have that huge amount of pressure when you've got to commit yourself. Rehearsing is playing; performing is being a grown-up." --Alan Rickman in a 1991 interview

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companion:
Rima Horton.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Alan Rickman: The Unauthorized Biography"

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