Alan Rickman
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Alan Rickman
Full Name:
    Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman

Nickname:
    ---

Date of Birth:
    21 February 1946

Place of Birth:
    Hammersmith, London, England

Siblings:
    3 = 2 younger + 1 older
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Rickman has been honored with many awards and nominations throughout his long and
illustrious career portraying such iconic characters as Tybalt (
Romeo and Juliet BBC TV), Hans
Gruber (
Die Hard), the Sheriff of Nottingham (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), Eamon de Valera
(
Michael Collins), Dr. Alfred Blalock (Something the Lord Made), and Severus Snape (Harry Potter).

Though his career granted him great success, Rickman had humble beginnings.  He is the
second son in a family of four, born into a working-class family.  His mother, Margaret, a
Methodist Welsh housewife, struggled as a single-mother to raise Alan and his two brothers and
sister after their father, Bernard, an Irish Catholic factory worker, passed away.

He originally set out to study Graphic Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design.  Despite his
love and obvious skill for acting, he thought Graphic Design was a more secure career path.  He
later won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, which he attended for four years
studying Shakespeare’s works.

After he left school, his first role in a feature film was the classic villain, voted one of the
American Film Institute’s 100 Best Heroes/Villains list, Hans Gruber.  From that role, Rickman
catapulted himself into a great film career.   

Perhaps best known for his dramatic performances, Rickman has played various characters
including a few comic roles.  His fans scope many age groups because of his long career; his
youngest admirers can be attributed to his fantastic portrayal of Potter’s Severus Snape.

A performance about which
Entertainment Weekly magazine has said that despite the small
amount of screen time, Rickman “owns every minute” he is given; Rickman can turn “a simple
retort into a mini-symphony of contempt.”

It is hard to believe, but Rickman only landed the role of Snape after Tim Roth turned it down.
Any fan of the Potter films would find it almost impossible to imagine anyone else in the role.  
Indeed, Rickman was Rowling’s choice to play Snape.

It would seem Ms. Rowling has good taste in her actors and, much to the thrill of Potter fans
worldwide, Rickman channels Snape brilliantly in all seven Potter films.
  • 1986   Tony Award nomination for Best Actor         
    Les Liaisons Dangereuses
  • 1991   Golden Space Needle Award win for Best Actor
    Close My Eyes
  • 1992   BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor   
    Truly Madly Deeply
  • 1992   BAFTA Award win for Best Supporting Actor
    Robin Hood
  • 1992   Evening Standard British Film Award win for Best Actor
    Robin Hood
  • 1992   London Critics Circle Award win for Actor of the Year
    Close My Eyes
  • 1992   MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Villain
    Robin Hood
  • 1992   Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
    Robin Hood
  • 1994   Montreal World Film Festival Award win for Best Actor
    Mesmer
  • 1996   BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
    Sense and Sensibility
  • 1996   Chlotrudis Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor   
    Sense and Sensibility
  • 1996   Emmy Award win for Outstanding Lead Actor
    Rasputin
  • 1997   BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
    Michael Collins
  • 1997   Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo Award win
    The Winter Guest
  • 1997   Golden Globe Award win for Best Actor   
    Rasputin
  • 1997   Golden Satellite Award win for Best Actor
    Rasputin
  • 1997   Screen Actors Guild Award win for Best Actor
    Rasputin
  • 1997   Venice Film Festival Award win
    The Winter Guest
  • 1998   Brussels International Film Festival Audience Award win
    The Winter Guest
  • 1998   Chlotrudis Award nomination for Best Director
    The Winter Guest
  • 1999   Czech Lion Award nomination Best Foreign Language Film
    The Winter Guest
  • 2000   Golden Satellite Award nomination Best Supporting Actor
    Dogma
  • 2000   Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
    Galaxy Quest
  • 2003   Phoenix Film Critics Society Award nomination Best Ensemble
    Chamber of Secrets
  • 2004   Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor
    Something the Lord Made
  • 2004   Phoenix Film Critics Society Award nomination Best Ensemble
    Love Actually
  • 2005   Golden Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor
    Something the Lord Made
  • 2005   Theatre Goers’ Choice Award win for Best Director
    My Name is Rachel
  • 2008   Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
    Sweeney Todd
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