- Alan Rickman
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birthdate = birth date and age|1946|2|21|df=y
Hammersmith, London, England, UK
birthname = Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman
yearsactive = 1978- present
baftaawards = Best Actor in a Supporting Role
emmyawards = Outstanding Lead Actor - Miniseries/Movie
sagawards = Best Actor - Telelvision Movie
Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (born 21 February 1946) is a
Tony Award- nominated English film, televisionand stage actor. He has won the Emmy, Golden Globe, BAFTAand Screen Actors Guild Awards, and is perhaps best known to film audiences for his roles as Hans Gruber in " Die Hard" and Severus Snapein the " Harry Potter" films. He also featured prominently as the Sheriff of Nottinghamin the 1991 blockbuster, '. More recently, Rickman portrayed Judge Turpinin Tim Burton's ', a role that brought forth predictions of his first Oscar nomination (although he was not nominated).
Rickman was born Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman in
Hammersmith, Londonto a working-classfamily, the son of Margaret Doreen Rose (née Bartlett), a housewife, and Bernard Rickman, a factory worker.cite news|last=Solway|first=Diane|coauthors=|title=Profile: Alan Rickman|pages=|publisher=European Travel and Life|date=August, 1991|url=http://www.alan-rickman.com/articles/profile.html|accessdate=2007-10-03] Rickman's mother was Welsh and a Methodistand his father was of Irish Catholicbackground.cite news|last=Mackenzie|first=Suzie|coauthors=|title=ANGEL WITH HORNS|pages=|publisher=The Guardian|date= 1998-01-03|url=http://www.alan-rickman.com/articles/angel.html|accessdate=2007-10-03] [ [http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=PD&s_site=twincities&p_multi=SP&p_theme=realcities&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB5DAE05680796A&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM Search Results ] ] He has one older brother, a younger brother and a sister. His father died when Rickman was eight, leaving his mother to raise their four children mostly alone. She married again, but divorced his stepfather after three years. "There was one love in her life," Rickman later said. Rickman excelled at calligraphyand watercolourpainting, and he won a scholarship to Latymer Upper Schoolin London, where he started getting involved in drama. After graduating, Rickman attended Chelsea College of Art and Designand made his way as a graphic designer, which he considered a more stable occupation than acting. "Drama school wasn't considered the sensible thing to do at 18," he said. Rickman received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art(RADA) which he attended from 1972–1974. While there, he studied Shakespeare's works and supported himself working as a dresser for Sir Nigel Hawthorne and Sir Ralph Richardson, [ [http://abouthp.free.fr/interviewsar1.htm Interview Alan Rickman] Retrieved on 20 December 2007.] and left after winning several prizes such as the Emile Littler Prize, the Forbes Robertson Prize, and the Bancroft Gold Medal.
After graduating from the RADA, Rickman worked extensively with various British repertory and experimental theatre groups on productions including "
The Seagull" and Snoo Wilson's "The Grass Widow" at the Royal Court Theatre, and has appeared three times at the Edinburgh International Festival. In 1978, he played with the Court Drama Group, performing in several plays, most notably " Romeo And Juliet" and " A View from the Bridge". While working with the Royal Shakespeare Company(RSC) he starred in, among other things, " As You Like It". He would be the male lead in the 1985 Royal Shakespeare Company production of " Les Liaisons Dangereuses", directed by Christopher Hampton, which would be a sellout. [
He met his longtime girlfriend, politician Rima Horton, when he was 19 years old. [http://members.iconn.net/~ab234/Plays/Les_Liaisons_Dangereuses/VanityFair.html Vanity Fair - Living Dangerously (May 1987)] Retrieved on 7 January 2008.] When the show went across the Atlantic in 1986, Rickman went on with it to Broadway and there earned a
Tony Awardnomination for his performance. [ [http://www.broadwayworld.com/tonyawardsshowinfo.cfm?showname=Les%20Liaisons%20Dangereuses BroadwayWorld.com - Les Liaisons Dangereuses Tony Award Info] Retrieved on 7 January 2008.]
"You can act truthfully or you can lie. You can reveal things about yourself or you can hide. Therefore, the audience recognises something about themselves or they don't — You hope they don't leave the theatre thinking 'that was nice...now where's the cab?'" [Tait, Ollie; MacDonald-Smith, Fiona. " [http://www.btinternet.com/~sc.i/mellow_drama.htm Mellow Drama] ", Big Issue, May 1992. Retrieved on 23 December 2007.]
While with the RSC he shared a house with fellow company member
Ruby Wax. Rickman put her into writing comedy and proceeded to direct several of her successful shows. "If people want to know who I am, it is all in the work", he said.
To television audiences he also became known as Mr. Slope in the
BBC's 1980s adaptation of " Barchester Towers". He played future Irish Taoiseachand president Éamon de Valerain the film "Michael Collins" alongside Liam Neesonas the title character. While playing romantic leads in British movies (Colonel Brandon in "Sense and Sensibility"; Jamie in " Truly, Madly, Deeply"), he was generally typecast in Hollywoodfilms as an over-the-top villain(German terrorist Hans Gruberin " Die Hard" and the Sheriff of Nottingham in '). His role in "Die Hard" earned him a spot on the American Film Institute's list of the "100 Best Heroes/Villains" as the 46th best villain in film history. His performance of Sheriff of Nottingham in ' also made him known as one of the best actors to portray a villain in films. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/1492173.stm Hannibal voted top film villain] from " BBC"] [ [http://edition.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Movies/10/25/top10.britishvillains/ The Screening Room's Top 10 British Villains] from " CNN"] [ [http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,315063,00.html Pop Culture News TOUGH ACTOR TO FOLLOW] from " Entertainment Weekly"]
Rickman has also played comedic roles in films such as "
Galaxy Quest", "Dogma", and " Love Actually". He won a Golden Globeand an Emmyfor his performance as ' in 1996, and was also nominated for an Emmy for his work as Dr. Alfred Blalockin 2004's " Something the Lord Made". He appeared in the " Harry Potter" films as the Potions professor Severus Snape. Rickman was cast in 2005 as the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Androidin "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" film. Coincidentally, Rickman and David Learner, who occupied Marvin's costume for the TV adaptation and stage shows, studied together at RADA. He was very busy in 2006 with " Snow Cake" (with Sigourney Weaverand Carrie-Anne Moss) which had its debut at the Berlinale, and also ' (with Dustin Hoffman), directed by Tom Tykwer.
Rickman has performed on stage in
Noel Coward's romantic comedy" Private Lives", which transferred to Broadway after its successful run in London at the Albery Theatreand ended in September 2002. Rickman had reunited with his "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" co-star Lindsay Duncan, and director Howard Daviesfor this Tony Award-winning production.
His previous stage performance was as
Mark Antony, opposite Helen Mirrenas Cleopatra, in the Royal National Theatre's production of " Antony and Cleopatra" at the Olivier Theatrein London, which ran from 20 October to 3 December 1998. Before that, he performed in Yukio Ninagawa's "Tango at the End of Winter" in London's West Endand the Riverside Studio production of " Hamlet" in 1991, directed by Robert Sturua. He directed " The Winter Guest" at London's Almeida Theatrein 1995. He also directed the film version in 1996 starring Emma Thompsonand her real life mother Phyllida Law.
Rickman has also been featured in several musical works — most notably in a song composed by the English songwriter
Adam Leonard. Moreover, the actor played a "Master of Ceremonies" part in announcing the various instruments in Mike Oldfield's " Tubular Bells II" on the track "The Bell". Rickman was one of the many artists who recited Shakespearian sonnets on the 2002-released " When Love Speaks" CD, and is also featured prominently in a music videoby the band Texas entitled "In Demand", which premiered on Europe MTVin August 2000. In the video, lead singer Sharleen Spiteridanced the tangowith Rickman: the clip was nominated for Best British Video at the Brit Awards.
Severus Snape, the seemingly sinister potions master of J.K. Rowling's Harry Pottersaga, in the five films of that series to date. In 2007, " Entertainment Weekly" named him one of their favorite people in pop culture, saying that in the "Harry Potter" films, "he may not be on screen long - but he owns every minute," and that he is capable of "turning a simple retort into a mini-symphony of contempt." [ [http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20043289_20043293_20043278_3,00.html Entertainment Weekly's 100 Favorite People in Pop Culture] ]
Rickman directed the play "
My Name Is Rachel Corrie" in April 2005 at the Royal Court Theatre, London, and won the Theatre Goers' Choice Awards for best director. The production is based on the writings of Rachel Corrie, the 23-year-old American woman who was killed on 16 March 2003 by an Israeli armored bulldozer. The show played at the West End's Playhouse Theatrein Londonfrom March to May 2006. The play also ran at both the Galway Arts Festivaland the Edinburgh Fesitval in 2006.
In 1995 Rickman turned down the role of
Alec Trevelyanin the 1995 James Bondfilm " Goldeneye". Rickman has taken issue with being labeled as a "villain actor", citing the fact that he has not portrayed a stock villain character since the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991. He has further said that he has continued to portray characters of complex and varying emotions, and does not think it is fair to assign characters a label of good or evil, hero or villain. Prior to the book release of " Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", Rickman had spoken on occasion about Snape quite easily, but with the controversy of the character following the events of the sixth book, Rickman refused to speak on the character. [cite web
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In 2007, Rickman appeared in the critically-acclaimed "" directed by
Tim Burton; he played the role of Judge Turpin, the main antagonist. According to " Miami Herald", Rickman performance "makes the judge's villainy something to simultaneously savor and despise", with his "oozing moral rot and arrogance". [ [http://www.miamiherald.com/1058/story/351361.html Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (R) ***½ | Sinister musical's razor sharp - 12/21/2007 - MiamiHerald.com ] ]
In the media
Rickman was chosen by "Empire" as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (No 34) in 1995 and ranked No 59 in "Empire"'s "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list in October 1997. Rickman became Vice-Chairman of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 2003. He was voted No 19 in "Empire" magazine's Greatest Living Movie Stars over the age of 50 and was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor (Play): in 1987 for "Les Liaisons Dangereuses", and in 2002 for a revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives".
Alan Rickman was recently sent up by
BBC Radio 4's Dead Ringers programme. The impressionist programme satirised Rickman's distinctive inflection when playing 'baddies.'
Research to find 'the perfect voice' has indicated that Rickman's voice is one of the best. ["BBC News", 2008. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7426923.stm Formula 'secret of perfect voice'] .] The combination of his voice along with Jeremy Irons' voice was deemed the best voice based on intonation, trustworthiness, and soothingness.
In early 2008, several teenagers from Iowa formed a cult-like religion centering around Alan Rickman. The religion is similar to a parody of other religions, in that there are equivalents to Jesus, Buddha, and many others. Rickmanism's equivalent of Jesus is a boy named William, who is a member of this religion himself. He enjoys the attention he gets because all of the other members of Rickmanism are female. There are seven Rickmanites total: Lemily, Lasha, Laclynn, William, Kat, Sam, and Rachel the Vampire. The practice of Rickmanism involves refering to William as Jesus, and saying "Rickman" instead of "God" (i.e. "Oh, my Rickman!" "Rickman, that was awesome!").
Filmography and awards
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film, televisionand stage actor
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