Alan Rickman

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Movie Actor
Date of Birth February 21, 1946
Place of Birth London, England
Date of Death Jan 14, 2016 (69)
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Alan Rickman

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director. Known for his languid tone and delivery, Rickman's signature sound was the result of a speech impediment when he could not move his lower jaw properly as a child. 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. He played the Vicomte de Valmont in the RSC stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, and after the production transferred to the West End in 1986 and Broadway in 1987 he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman's first cinematic role was as the German terrorist leader Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

Born: Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman, February 21, 1946, London, England
Died: January 14, 2016, London, England
Education: Latymer Upper School
Alma mater: Chelsea College of Art and Design
Occupation: Actor, director
Years active: 1974–2016
Awards: Full list
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About Alan Rickman

Played Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies and Hans Gruber in the original Die Hard film. He earned a Tony Award nomination for his breakthrough role in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. He also portrayed Ronald Reagan in The Butler and appeared as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Before Fame

After graduating from the Royal College of Art, he and a group of his friends founded a graphic design studio called Graphiti. He made his film debut as Tybalt in the 1987 BBC film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.


He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Family Life

He met Rima Horton in 1965 and married her in 2012.


He played Severus Snape in the Harry Potter franchise opposite Daniel Radcliffe.

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