Award Winning Actor Alan Rickman Dies

Alan Rickman

Award winning British actor Alan Rickman died January 14 in London as a result of cancer at the age of 69. According to the BBC, Rickman was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.

While Rickman is best known and loved for his role as Professor Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” films, he made his screen debut in 1978 as Tybalt in the TV Movie “Romeo & Juliet”. From there he went on to appear in dozens of productions including “Busted”, Hans Gruber in “Die Hard”, “The January Man”, “Quigley Down Under”, “Truly Madly Deeply”, the Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” with Kevin Costner, “Sense and Sensibility”, “Rasputin” as Grigori Rasputin, “Love Actually”, Judge Turpin in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, the voice of Blue Caterpillar in “Alice in Wonderland”, “CGBG”, and “Eye in the Sky”. He had completed production of reprising his role as the Blue Caterpillar for “Alice Through the Looking Glass” due for release later this year.

He also appeared in a number of television series including “Therese Raqin”, “Shelley”, “The Barchester Chronicles”, “Fallen Angel”, “King of the Hill”, and various characters in “Arena”.

Known for his acting, Rickman performed music in “Truly Madly Deeply”, “A Fish Tale”, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, “Nostalgia Critic”, and “CBGB”.

A graduate of RADA – Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – Rickman began his acting career on the stage with the Royal Shakespeare Comapny.

The two time Drama Desk and Tony Award nominee made his Broadway debut in the play “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” as Le Vicomte de Valmont. The also appeared on the Broadway stage in “Private Lives” and “Seminar”.

On the West End stage in London, Rickman appeared in “Private Lives”, “Cleopatra”, and “John Gabriel Borkman”


Rickman has earned an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for his role in “Rasputin” and a BAFTA Award for his role in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”. He also has an award from the Screen Actors Guild.

He was born Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman on February 21, 1946 n London to a factory worker. Before turning his hand to acting, Rickman studied graphic design.

Rickman is survived by his longtime partner and recent wife Rima and siblings David, Michael, and Sheila.

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