Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman

English actor (1946–2016)
Alan Rickman

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016) 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 (RSC), 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.

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Alan Rickman was born on Thursday, 21 February 1946 in Hammersmith, London, England. His full name at birth was Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman. He was best known as an actor. Rickman's country of citizenship (nationality) was British. He died on Thursday, 14 January 2016 in London, United Kingdom at the age of 69. Alan attended high school at Latymer School, London (1964). For university, he studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design (1967). His religion is listed as Roman Catholic. He was 6' 1" (185 cm) tall with an average build. He had light brown eyes and light brown hair (color). His net worth was reported to be $16,000,000 US dollars. His zodiac star sign was Pisces.

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Full name at birth
Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman
Claim to fame
Die Hard, Harry Potter
Date of birth
21 February 1946
Place of birth
Hammersmith, London, England
Date of death
14 January 2016
69 (age at death)
Place of death
London, United Kingdom
Cause of death
Actor, Director
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6' 1" (185 cm)
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Distinctive feature
Incredibly deep voice
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Net worth
$16,000,000 USD
High school
Latymer School, London (1964)
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  • Chelsea College of Art and Design (1967)
  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London
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Talent agency
  • Independent Talent Group Ltd.
  • ICM Partners
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Acting is about giving something away, handing yourself over to whatever role you are asked to play. I'm not hiding or escaping or seeking anonymity. I reserve the right not to have a rubber stamp on my forehead saying this is who I am. Because who I am gets in the way of people looking innocently at the parts I play.
  • Angela Pell stated at the Berlinale Press Conference, that she wrote the role of Snow Cake (2006)'s Alex Hughes with him in mind. The character's name in the script was "Alan", and it was Rickman who suggested the change to Alex.
  • Studied graphic design before becoming an actor.
  • The script 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 it 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".
  • Read the script of Snow Cake (2006) and suggested Sigourney Weaver for the role of Linda, having worked with her on Galaxy Quest (1999). He even telephoned Weaver, and told her she had to read the script, as there was a role he felt she could play perfectly in it.
  • For Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), he turned down the role of the Sheriff twice before he was told he could more or less have carte-blanche with his interpretation of the character.

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