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Alan Rickman

1946-02-21 Hammersmith, London, UK

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Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016) was an English actor and director. Known for his deep, languid voice, 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. Rickman's first cinema role came when he was cast as the German terrorist leader Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988). He also appeared as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), for which he received the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role; Elliott Marston in Quigley Down Under (1990); Jamie in Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991); Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility (1995); Eamon DeValera in Michael Collins (1997); Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest (1999); Metatron in Dogma (1999); Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series (2001–2011); Harry in Love Actually (2003); Marvin the Paranoid Android in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005); and Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007). Rickman made his television acting debut playing Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (1978) as part of the BBC's Shakespeare series. His breakthrough role was in the BBC television adaptation of The Barchester Chronicles (1982). He later starred in television films, playing the title character in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996), which won him a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and Alfred Blalock in Something the Lord Made (2004). Rickman died of pancreatic cancer on 14 January 2016 at age 69. His final film roles were as Lieutenant General Frank Benson in the thriller Eye in the Sky (2015), and reprising his role as the voice of the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland (2010) in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).


Alice Through the Looking Glass Blue Caterpillar (voice) 2016-05-25
Eye in the Sky Lieutenant General Frank Benson 2016-03-10
A Little Chaos King Louis XIV 2015-03-26
Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film Self 2014-08-25
A Promise Karl Hoffmeister 2013-09-04
Muse of Fire Self 2013-09-26
Dust Todd 2013-10-24
The Butler Ronald Reagan 2013-08-16
CBGB Hilly Kristal 2013-10-11
Falls the Shadow: The Life and Times of Athol Fugard Himself 2012-05-28
BAM150 Self 2012-04-27
Gambit Lionel Shahbandar 2012-04-25
Portraits in Dramatic Time 2011-07-05
The Boy in the Bubble Storyteller 2011-07-08
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Severus Snape 2011-07-07
Alice in Wonderland The Caterpillar (voice) 2010-03-03
Harold Pinter: A Celebration 2010-01-24
The Song of Lunch He 2010-10-08
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Severus Snape 2010-10-06
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Severus Snape 2009-07-07
Sonnet Number 12 (voice) 2009-12-31
Bottle Shock Steven Spurrier 2008-09-05
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Burton + Carter + Depp = Todd Self 2008-04-01
Nobel Son Eli Michaelson 2007-04-28
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Severus Snape 2007-06-28
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Judge Turpin 2007-12-20
Snow Cake Alex Hughes 2006-09-08
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Richis 2006-09-13
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Severus Snape 2005-11-16
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Marvin 2005-04-28
Something the Lord Made Dr. Alfred Blalock 2004-05-30
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Other Voices (voice) 2004-09-04
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Severus Snape 2004-05-31
Love Actually Harry 2003-09-07
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Severus Snape 2002-11-13
Blow Dry Phil Allen 2001-03-01
The Search for John Gissing John Gissing 2001-11-01
Play Man 2001-07-14
Judge Not: In Defense of Dogma Himself (Interviewee) 2001-01-01
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Severus Snape 2001-11-16
Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings 2000-12-25
Babitsky's War Narrator 2000-09-04
Hjælp, jeg er en fisk Joe (voice) 2000-10-06
Galaxy Quest Alexander Dane 1999-12-25
Dogma Metatron 1999-11-12
Dark Harbor David Weinberg 1999-12-31
Judas Kiss Detective David Friedman 1998-09-16
The Winter Guest Man in street 1997-12-27
Michael Collins Eamon de Valera 1996-10-25
Rasputin Grigori Rasputin 1996-03-23
An Awfully Big Adventure P.L. O'Hara 1995-07-21
Sense and Sensibility Colonel Christopher Brandon 1995-12-13
Lumière et Compagnie 1995-12-20
Mesmer Franz Anton Mesmer 1994-08-25
Victoria Wood's All Day Breakfast 1992-12-25
Bob Roberts Lukas Hart III 1992-09-04
Close My Eyes Sinclair 1991-11-22
Closet Land Interrogator 1991-03-06
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Sheriff of Nottingham 1991-06-14
Robin Hood: The Myth, the Man, the Movie Self 1991-06-13
Quigley Down Under Elliott Marston 1990-10-17
Truly Madly Deeply Jamie 1990-11-10
Revolutionary Witness Jacques Roux 1989-12-31
Benefactors 1989-01-02
The Spirit of Man Israel Yates 1989-08-23
The January Man Ed 1989-01-13
Die Hard Hans Gruber 1988-07-15
Wetherby TV Commentator (archival footage) 1985-06-19
Busted Simon 1983-01-28
Romeo & Juliet Tybalt 1978-12-03