Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Hammersmith, London, England
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
- 1991 Golden Space Needle Award win for Best Actor
- 1992 BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actor
- 1992 BAFTA Award win for Best Supporting Actor
- 1992 Evening Standard British Film Award win for Best Actor
- 1992 London Critics Circle Award win for Actor of the Year
- 1992 MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Villain
- 1992 Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
- 1994 Montreal World Film Festival Award win for Best Actor
- 1996 BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
- 1996 Chlotrudis Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
- 1996 Emmy Award win for Outstanding Lead Actor
- 1997 BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
- 1997 Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo Award win
- 1997 Golden Globe Award win for Best Actor
- 1997 Golden Satellite Award win for Best Actor
- 1997 Screen Actors Guild Award win for Best Actor
- 1997 Venice Film Festival Award win
- 1998 Brussels International Film Festival Audience Award win
- 1998 Chlotrudis Award nomination for Best Director
- 1999 Czech Lion Award nomination Best Foreign Language Film
- 2000 Golden Satellite Award nomination Best Supporting Actor
- 2000 Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
- 2003 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award nomination Best Ensemble
- 2004 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor
- 2004 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award nomination Best Ensemble
- 2005 Golden Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor
- 2005 Theatre Goers’ Choice Award win for Best Director
- 2008 Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
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