Alan Rickman young
February 21, 1946
6 ft 1 in | 185 cm
82 kg | 180 pounds
11 US | 44 EU
Alan Rickman was born in Hammersmith, London, England, on February 21, 1946, was an English actor. Young Alan Rickman first started acting during his years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) (1972-1974).
He began his professional acting career on stage with Court Drama Group, British repertory and experimental theatre groups.
Rickman's breakthrough performance came as Vicomte de Valmont in a play "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" (1985), for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play on Broadway in 1987.
He got his television debut in BBC adaptation of the play "Romeo and Juliet" (1978) in role as Tybalt. He made his big screen debut in action movie Die Hard (1988) in role as Hans Gruber, opposite Bruce Willis.
He won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his role as Sheriff of Nottingham in romantic action adventure film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).
He portrayed Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2003)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)
Dogma (1999) fantasy comedy opposite Kevin Smith, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
Galaxy Quest (1999) science fiction with Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Sam Rockwell
Love Actually (2003) romantic comedy opposite Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson
Sense and Sensibility (1995) drama romance with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) mystery thriller opposite Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter
Bob Roberts (1992) drama with Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Jack Black
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006) psychological crime thriller opposite Dustin Hoffman and Ben Whishaw
Michael Collins (1996) thriller drama with Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts
Quigley Down Under (1990) Western opposite Tom Selleck and Laura San Giacomo
Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991) fantasy drama with Juliet Stevenson
Eye in the Sky (2015) thriller opposite Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul
Bottle Shock (2008) comedy drama with Chris Pine and Bill Pullman
He won a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Emmy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Grigori Rasputin in biographical historical drama television film Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996).
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role as Dr. Alfred Blalock in television biographical drama film Something the Lord Made (2004).
He played Obadiah Slope in BBC serial The Barchester Chronicles (1982).
Attended Derwentwater Primary School in Acton and Latymer Upper School in London.
He studied graphic design at Chelsea College of Art and Design (1965-1968) and at the Royal College of Art (1968-1970).
Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) (1972-1974).
He had English, Irish and Welsh ancestry.
Had two brothers, David and Michael and a sister, Sheila.
He voiced Absolem in films: Alice in Wonderland (2010) and sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).
He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role as Elyot Chase in a play "Private Lives" (2002).
He was godfather to British actor Tom Burke.
He wore black contact lenses for his role of Professor Severus Snape.
Was a good friends with Adrienne Clarkson and Sharman Macdonald.
Rickman died on January 14, 2016, London, England, at the age of 69.
He was in a relationship with Rima Horton since 1965, they were married in 2012 .
I never talk about 'Harry Potter' because I think that would rob children of something that's private to them. I think too many things get explained, so I hate talking about it.
What's interesting about the process of acting is how often you don't know what you're doing.
Any actor who judges his character is a fool - for every role you play you've got to absorb that character's motives and justifications.
I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously.
Talent is an accident of genes - and a responsibility.
It's a great pleasure to me to work on film now as well as on the stage. But it is no soft option. It isn't easier. It's in many ways more difficult, and it's a different kind of a challenge. You have to think a lot quicker and be a lot more immediate.
I don't play villains, I play very interesting people.