Alan Rickman was a celebrated English actor and director with a long and distinguished theatre, film, and television career. He was best known for his roles as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series. He also starred in many other acclaimed films, such as Truly, Madly, Deeply, Sense and Sensibility, Michael Collins, Dogma, Galaxy Quest, Love, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Alice in Wonderland. He won several awards for his performances, including a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He was also nominated for a Tony Award for his stage work in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. He died of pancreatic cancer on 14 January 2016 at 69.
Early Life and Education
Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was born on 21 February 1946 in the Acton district of London to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett), of English and Welsh descent, and Bernard Rickman, of Irish descent, who worked at a factory. His mother was Welsh, and his paternal grandmother was Irish. Rickman had a younger sister named Sheila, a younger sister named Michael, and an elder brother named David. When he was eight years old, his father died. He received financial aid to attend Latymer Upper School. He studied Graphic Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, where he met Rima Horton, who would later become his longtime partner. After three years at Chelsea College, Rickman did graduate studies at the Royal College of Art. Before applying for an audition at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), he co-founded and ran the lucrative graphic design company Graphiti with pals for several years. At the relatively late age of 26, Rickman received a scholarship to RADA, which started his professional acting career.
Tybalt was Rickman‘s first acting role in Romeo and Juliet (1978), which was a part of the BBC’s Shakespeare series. Obadiah Slope, who played his first significant part, appeared in the 1982 BBC rendition of The Barchester Chronicles. He became a Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) member, performing in modern and classical theatre productions.
Rickman’s first acting gig was in Die Hard (1988), playing German terrorist leader Hans Gruber. In Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), he played the Sheriff of Nottingham, for which he received the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He earned critical notice for his leading roles in Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991) and A Big Adventure (1995) before gaining acclaim for his supporting roles as Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility (1995) and Éamon de Valera in Michael Collins (1996). In Dogma (1999), Galaxy Quest (1999), and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), he also played humorous roles that garnered him notoriety. In addition to Love Actually (2003), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), and Alice in Wonderland (2010), he then went on to play Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series (2001–2011). In the movies CBGB (2013), Eye in the Sky (2015), and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016), he played his last parts.
Rickman had been in a relationship with Rima Horton since 1965. When he was 19 and she was 18, they first met. They shared a home from 1977 till his passing. In 2012, they wed in a secret ceremony in New York. He had no children. He patronized several charities, including Saving Faces and the International Performers’ Aid Trust. He also supported the Labour Party and campaigned against nuclear weapons.
Rickman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2015. He kept his illness private and continued to work until a few weeks before his death. He died on 14 January 2016 in London, surrounded by his family and friends. His death was widely mourned by fans, colleagues, and fellow celebrities. He was cremated on 3 February 2016 at the West London Crematorium in Kensal Green. His ashes were given to his wife.
Alan Rickman Net Worth
According to various sources, Rickman’s net worth at the time of his death was estimated to be between $16 million and $25 million. He earned most of his wealth from his acting career, both on stage and on screen. He also had income from his directing and producing projects and from endorsements and royalties.
Alan Rickman Height
Rickman was 6 feet 1 inch (185 cm) tall. He had a slim build and dark brown hair and eyes.
Alan Rickman Awards and Honours
Rickman won several awards for his acting work, including:
- BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
- Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996)
- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996)
- Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie for Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996)
- Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Something the Lord Made (2004)
- MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
He was also nominated for many other awards, such as:
- Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1987)
- BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991)
- Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for Galaxy Quest (1999)
- BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
- He received several honorary degrees and awards, such as: Honorary Doctor of Arts from the Royal College of Art (2003)