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Birth information

21 February 1946 Hammersmith, London, England, UK

Death information

14 January 2016 London, England, UK

Given Name

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman

How tall is Alan Rickman?

1.85 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Rima Horton

Life Story of Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett), of English and Welsh descent, and Bernard Rickman, of Irish descent, who worked at a factory. Alan Rickman had an older brother (David), a younger brother (Michael), and a younger sister (Sheila). When Alan was 8 years old, his father died. He attended Latymer Upper School on a scholarship. He studied Graphic Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, where he met Rima Horton, who would later become his life partner.

After three years at Chelsea College, Rickman did graduate studies at the Royal College of Art. He opened a successful graphic design business, Graphiti, with friends and ran it for several years before his love of theatre led him to seek an audition with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). At the relatively late age of 26, Rickman received a scholarship to RADA, which started a professional acting career that has lasted nearly 40 years, a career which has spanned stage, screen and television, and overlapped into directing, as well. He first came to the attention of American audiences as "Vicomte de Valmont" in "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" on...

Significant features of Alan Rickman

Rich smooth voice
Often played depressive intellectuals in heroic roles
Often played intimidating personalities
Slow yet calm delivery of his lines

What movies did Alan Rickman play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Sink (2018) , Inspiration (2001) ,
Directors Filmography
A Little Chaos (2014) , The Winter Guest (1997) ,
Actors Filmography
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Absolem, This Tortoise Could Save a Life (2015) Narrator, Eye in the Sky (2015) Lieutenant General Frank Benson, A Little Chaos (2014) King Louis XIV, Dust (2013) Todd, CBGB (2013) Hilly Kristal, Ein Versprechen (2013) Karl Hoffmeister, Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Ronald Reagan, Gambit (2012) Lionel Shabandar, The Boy in the Bubble (2011) The...

Birth information

21 February 1946 Hammersmith, London, England, UK

Death information

14 January 2016 London, England, UK

Given Name

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman

How tall is Alan Rickman?

1.85 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Rima Horton

Life Story of Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett), of English and Welsh descent, and Bernard Rickman, of Irish descent, who worked at a factory. Alan Rickman had an older brother (David), a younger brother (Michael), and a younger sister (Sheila). When Alan was 8 years old, his father died. He attended Latymer Upper School on a scholarship. He studied Graphic Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, where he met Rima Horton, who would later become his life partner.

After three years at Chelsea College, Rickman did graduate studies at the Royal College of Art. He opened a successful graphic design business, Graphiti, with friends and ran it for several years before his love of theatre led him to seek an audition with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). At the relatively late age of 26, Rickman received a scholarship to RADA, which started a professional acting career that has lasted nearly 40 years, a career which has spanned stage, screen and television, and overlapped into directing, as well. He first came to the attention of American audiences as "Vicomte de Valmont" in "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" on...

Significant features of Alan Rickman

Rich smooth voice
Often played depressive intellectuals in heroic roles
Often played intimidating personalities
Slow yet calm delivery of his lines

What movies did Alan Rickman play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Sink (2018) , Inspiration (2001) ,
Directors Filmography
A Little Chaos (2014) , The Winter Guest (1997) ,
Actors Filmography
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Absolem, This Tortoise Could Save a Life (2015) Narrator, Eye in the Sky (2015) Lieutenant General Frank Benson, A Little Chaos (2014) King Louis XIV, Dust (2013) Todd, CBGB (2013) Hilly Kristal, Ein Versprechen (2013) Karl Hoffmeister, Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Ronald Reagan, Gambit (2012) Lionel Shabandar, The Boy in the Bubble (2011) The...

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Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman in Robin Hood - König der Diebe (1991)

Was an active patron of the research foundation Saving Faces; and honorary chairman of the International Performers' Aid Trust, a charity that works to fight poverty amongst performers all over the world. Was also active in raising funds for the Labour Party.

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Alan Rickman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in Robin Hood - König der Diebe (1991)

Two of the Harry Potter films (so far) also feature Warwick Davis as Professor Flitwick. In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Rickman and Warwick Davis play the same role. Warwick Davis wore the robotic suit for Marvin, while Rickman provides the voice.

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Alan Rickman in Robin Hood - König der Diebe (1991)

His portrayal of Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988) earned him a spot on the American Film Institute's list of the "100 Best Heroes/Villains" as the 46th best villain in film history.

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Alan Rickman in Robin Hood - König der Diebe (1991)

Good friends with Adrienne Clarkson, Canada's former Governor General. Rickman visited Adrienne Clarkson's Ottawa, Ontario home in May 2005.

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Alan Rickman in Bob Roberts (1992)

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

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Linda Fiorentino and Alan Rickman in Dogma (1999)

Good friends with Sharman Macdonald.

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Alan Rickman and Alanis Morissette in Dogma (1999)

He was 11 years older than Timothy Spall, 12 years older than Adrian Rawlins and Gary Oldman, 17 years older than David Thewlis, and 21 years older than Geraldine Somerville. Nevertheless, the character that the six of them play in the Harry Potter films are meant to be contemporaries and former classmates.

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Alan Rickman in Der Butler (2013)

Auditioned for Chris Barrie's character Rimmer on Red Dwarf (1988).

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Alan Rickman and Madeleine Stowe in Closet Land (1991)

Read the screenplay of Snow Cake (2006) and suggested Sigourney Weaver for the role of Linda Freeman, having worked with her on Galaxy Quest (1999). He even telephoned Weaver, and told her she had to read the screenplay, as there was a role he felt she could play perfectly in the role.

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Alan Rickman and Madeleine Stowe in Closet Land (1991)

Angela Pell stated at the Berlinale Press Conference, that she wrote the role of Alex Hughes in Snow Cake (2006) with him in mind. The character's name in the screenplay was "Alan", and it was Rickman who suggested the change to Alex.

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Alan Rickman and Madeleine Stowe in Closet Land (1991)

The screenplay of Galaxy Quest (1999) originally contained a mention of Alexander Dane having been knighted by Queen Elizabeth. He asked that this be changed because he believed this was inconsistent with the character, and all mentions of the knighting were removed. However, the character is still listed in the credits as Sir Alexander Dane.

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Alan Rickman, Richard Harris, Ian Hart, Daniel Radcliffe, etc.

For Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), he turned down the role of the Sheriff of Nottingham twice before he was told he could more or less have carte-blanche with his interpretation of the character.

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Alan Rickman in Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz (2009)

Had cello lessons for his role in Truly Madly Deeply (1990), and while he handles the right (bowing) hand, the left hand is provided by a real cellist standing behind him with his arm through Alan Rickman's armpit.

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Alan Rickman and Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban (2004)

For his death plunge down the side of the skyscraper in Die Hard (1988), he actually dropped 20 feet onto an airbag against a green screen. Director John McTiernan had to jump first to convince Rickman to do the jump.

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Alan Rickman in Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens (2002)

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#83) (2007).

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Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, etc.

Was best man at the wedding of Dexter Fletcher and Dalia Ibelhauptaite.

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Alan Rickman and Mia Wasikowska in Alice im Wunderland: Hinter den Spiegeln (2016)

Shared a house with Ruby Wax in London in the early 1980s.

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Jeremy Northam, Alan Rickman, and Francis Chouler in Eye in the Sky (2015)

Not long after he started to play Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), J.K. Rowling told Rickman some character secrets about Snape that would not be otherwise revealed until the last book. Most significantly, for over seven years, Rickman was one of the very few people other than Rowling to know that Snape had been in love with Lily Evans (later Potter) when they were students at Hogwarts, and both Snape's protection of and antagonism toward Harry came from that. Rowling said that she shared this information with Rickman because "he needed to understand, I think, and does completely understand and did completely understand where this bitterness towards this boy, who's living proof of [Lily's] preference for another man, came from." When the directors of the films would ask him why he was playing a scene a certain way, or delivering a line in a particular manner, Rickman would simply reply that he knew something they did not.

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Alan Rickman in Eye in the Sky (2015)

Attended the funeral of Natasha Richardson at St. Peter's Episcopal Church near Millbrook, New York on April 22, 2009.

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Alan Rickman in Die Gärtnerin von Versailles (2014)

Voted #8 on Empire Online's list of 50 Sexiest Movie Men. 52% of the readers voted that he should have been higher on the list. [October 2009]

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Alan Rickman in Die Gärtnerin von Versailles (2014)

Had worked with director Alfonso Cuarón twice: first in Fallen Angels: Murder, Obliquely (1993) and second in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).

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Alan Rickman and Ashley Greene in CBGB (2013)

Had worked with director Mike Newell twice: first in An Awfully Big Adventure (1995) and second in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).

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Alan Rickman and Ryan Hurst in CBGB (2013)

The first film he ever saw was Swiss Family Robinson (1960) and the film that changed his life was Robert Altman's Nashville (1975).

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Alan Rickman and Freddy Rodríguez in CBGB (2013)

Two researchers, a linguist and a sound engineer, found "the perfect [male] voice" to be a combination of Rickman's and Jeremy Irons's voices based on a sample of 50 voices. Interesting enough, Rickman and Irons played villain brothers in the Die Hard franchise in the two films directed by John McTiernan: Rickman played Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988) and Irons played his brother Simon in Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995).

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Alan Rickman and Geraldine McEwan in Robin Hood - König der Diebe (1991)

Kevin Smith cast him in Dogma (1999) after he stated in an interview that Smith's Chasing Amy (1997) was one of his favourite movies of the year. Rickman's presence onset caused Jason Mewes, who was going through a drug problem at the time, to be on his best behaviour. He memorised not only his lines, but the entire screenplay. In his own words, "I didn't want to piss off that Rickman dude".

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Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia in Stirb langsam (1988)

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#34) (1995).

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Alan Rickman and Saskia Reeves in Schließe meine Augen - Begehre oder Töte mich

Ranked #59 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

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Alan Rickman, Clive Owen, etc.

Had been in a relationship with Rima Horton since 1965. The couple married in a private ceremony in New York City (2012). She retired from her lecturing position and later lost her council seat in the May 2006 local elections.

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Alan Rickman and Rachel Griffiths in Über kurz oder lang (2001)

Although a highly successful film actor, he had frequently passed up film offers to return to the theater. The theater was a place and activity which he called "magical" and his "first love".

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Alan Rickman and Rachel Griffiths in Über kurz oder lang (2001)

He was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play: for "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" (1987), and for a revival of Noël Coward's "Private Lives" (2002).

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Alan Rickman and Tom Selleck in Quigley der Australier (1990)

He became well-known to the American public with his performance as Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988).

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Alan Rickman in Harry Potter und die Heiligtümer des Todes - Teil 2 (2011)

Before becoming an actor, he studied graphic design at Chelsea College of Art and Design and at the Royal College of Art, forming a successful graphic design company, Graphiti, with several friends.

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Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, etc.

Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, England. Became Vice-Chairman of the Academy and a member of its Artistic Advisory and Training committees and Development Board.

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Alan Rickman, Richard Harris, Ian Hart, Daniel Radcliffe, etc.

While filming Die Hard (1988), he was found proficient at mimicking American accents; a scene in which Hans Gruber and John McClane finally meet was then added to the screenplay.

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Johnny Depp and Alan Rickman in Sweeney Todd: Der teuflische Barbier aus der Fleet Street

He was offered the role of Leonardo Leonardo in the 2000 cartoon based on Kevin Smith's film Clerks (1994). Originally, the character was modeled after Hans Gruber, but the design was changed upon Rickman's request. The studio decided not to go with Rickman, and the role went to Alec Baldwin.

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Alan Rickman in Sweeney Todd: Der teuflische Barbier aus der Fleet Street (2007)

He was nominated for the 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award (2001 season) for Best Actor for his performance in "Private Lives" at the Albery Theatre, London.

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Alan Rickman in Eine sachliche Romanze (1995)

He was nominated for a 2001 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in "Private Lives" at the Albery Theatre.

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Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman in Eine sachliche Romanze (1995)

For the shot where Hans Gruber falls from the top of the building in Die Hard (1988), he was actually dropped by a stuntman from a 20-foot high model onto an air bag. To get a genuine surprised look, the stuntman dropped him on the count of two instead of three.

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Alan Rickman and Georgina Cates in Eine sachliche Romanze (1995)

In Die Hard (1988), he is seen firing a gun three times (in the scene where Gruber shoots Joseph Takagi in the head; in the atrium when Gruber realizes Holly is John's wife and the "shoot the glass" scene), on account of his uncontrollable habit of flinching when the gun recoiled. In that scene, he blinks just before the camera cuts.

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Alan Rickman and Georgina Cates in Eine sachliche Romanze (1995)

Was voted #19 in Empire magazine's Greatest Living Movie Stars over the age of 50.

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