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Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman, one of the most important British film, TV and stage actors, started his theatrical training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He soon graduated to the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in 1985 created the role of the Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. When the play moved to Broadway, Rickman came with it and was honored with a Tony nomination.

Producer Joel Silver had noticed Rickman as Valmont, and offered him the role of uber-terrorist Hans Gruber, opposite Bruce Willis, in Die Hard. Soon after came Anthony Minghella's small treasure, Truly, Madly, Deeply. In 1991 came Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, with Kevin Costner and Rickman's unforgettable performance as the Sheriff of Nottingham, for which he won a well deserved BAFTA award.

In 1995 he was Colonel Brandon, loving Kate Winslet from afar in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility. He next appeared in the television film Rasputin, taking both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance as the mad zealot. Rickman then turned to comedy, appearing as Metatron in Kevin Smith's Dogma and as Dr. Lazarus in Dean Parisot's Galaxy Quest. Onstage, he played Mark Anthony to Helen Mirren's Cleopatra at the National Theatre, and as Eliot in Private Lives, both in London and on Broadway, winning a second Tony nomination.

More recently, Rickman starred in Richard Curtis' Love Actually and the critically acclaimed HBO movie Something the Lord Made, opposite Mos Def. Rickman's appearances as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies continue to keep us all young at heart. This year also sees the release of Nobel Son with Mary Steenburgen, Bill Pullman and Danny DeVito, and also Snow Cake, in which Rickman co-stars with Sigourney Weaver and which was the opening night film of the 2006 Berlin Film Festival.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Alan Rickman Facts

Birth Name Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman
BirthdayFebruary 21, 1946 (77)
BirthplaceHammersmith, London, England, United Kingdom
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Alan Rickman compared to you?
Awards1997 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a TV Film (for Rasputin)
1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries (for Rasputin)
1992 BAFTA Awards: Actor in a Supporting Role (for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)

Selected Filmography

Dark Harbor
Eye in the Sky
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
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