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Alan Rickman

Alan RickmanAKA Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman

Born: 21-Feb-1946
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Die Hard

Alan Rickman is an English actor, famous for film roles as Harry Potter's Professor Snape and as the sneering terrorist who battled Bruce Willis in Die Hard.

His family was not well off, and his father died of cancer when Rickman was 8. He performed on stage in school, and it was an all-boys' school, so Rickman's early roles included "slutty barmaid" and the sixth wife of Ali Baba. He worked as a graphic designer for several years before deciding, at age 26, to become an actor. He enrolled in London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and began appearing on stage in the late 1970s. His first role of note was as Valmont in a West End production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which he later reprised on Broadway. At age 32 he first appeared on television, as Tybalt in a BBC production of Romeo & Juliet. After that he had supporting roles in three BBC miniseries, before playing the bad guy in Die Hard -- Rickman's first movie. Later films included Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Bob Roberts, Dogma, Love Actually, and Galaxy Quest.

He met his long-time lover Rima Horton when he was 19, and studying graphic design at Chelsea College. They've never married, but have lived together since 1977. She taught applied microeconomics at Kingston University until her retirement in 2002, and is a local politician, affiliated with the Labour Party. There are whispers she might run for Parliament.

Father: Bernard Rickman (factory worker)
Mother: Margaret Rickman (housewife)
Brother: David Rickman (graphic designer)
Brother: Michael Rickman (tennis coach)
Sister: Sheila Rickman
Girlfriend: Rima Horton (local politician, b. 1947)

    High School: Latymer School, London (1964)
    University: Chelsea College of Art and Design (1967)
    University: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London

    Amnesty International

    The Winter Guest (28-Aug-1997)

    CBGB (8-Oct-2013)
    Lee Daniels' The Butler (5-Aug-2013)
    Gambit (7-Nov-2012)
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (7-Jul-2011) · Prof. Severus Snape
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (11-Nov-2010) · Prof. Severus Snape
    Alice in Wonderland (3-Mar-2010) · Blue Caterpillar [VOICE]
    The Wildest Dream (9-Jan-2010) [VOICE]
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (6-Jul-2009) · Prof. Severus Snape
    Bottle Shock (16-Jan-2008) · Steven Spurrier
    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (21-Dec-2007)
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (3-Jul-2007)
    Nobel Son (28-Apr-2007) · Eli Michaelson
    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (7-Sep-2006)
    Snow Cake (9-Feb-2006)
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (6-Nov-2005)
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (20-Apr-2005) [VOICE]
    Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (4-Sep-2004) [VOICE]
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (31-May-2004) · Prof. Severus Snape
    Something the Lord Made (30-May-2004)
    Love Actually (7-Sep-2003) · Harry
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (3-Nov-2002) · Prof. Snape
    The Search for John Gissing (11-Nov-2001)
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (4-Nov-2001) · Prof. Snape
    Blow Dry (7-Mar-2001) · Phil
    A Fish Tale (6-Oct-2000) [VOICE]
    Galaxy Quest (23-Dec-1999) · Alexander Dane
    Dogma (12-Nov-1999)
    Dark Harbor (Oct-1998) · David
    Judas Kiss (16-Sep-1998)
    Michael Collins (28-Aug-1996) · Eamon de Valera
    Rasputin (23-Mar-1996)
    Lumière and Company (20-Dec-1995)
    Sense and Sensibility (13-Dec-1995) · Col. Brandon
    An Awfully Big Adventure (7-Apr-1995)
    Mesmer (1994)
    Bob Roberts (4-Sep-1992)
    Close My Eyes (11-Oct-1991)
    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (14-Jun-1991) · Sheriff of Nottingham
    Truly Madly Deeply (24-May-1991)
    Closet Land (6-Mar-1991)
    Quigley Down Under (19-Oct-1990) · Elliott Marston
    The January Man (13-Jan-1989) · Ed
    Die Hard (15-Jul-1988) · Hans Gruber
    The Barchester Chronicles (10-Nov-1982)

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