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ALAN RICKMAN plays Hogwarts' enigmatic Professor Severus Snape, having starred as Snape in all of the Harry Potter movies to date.

Rickman recently starred as Judge Turpin in Tim Burton's screen version of the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He reunited with Burton to star in the director's upcoming fantasy adventure Alice in Wonderland, due out in Spring 2010.

Rickman was already an award-winning stage actor in his native England when he made his feature film debut in the 1988 action blockbuster Die Hard. He has since been repeatedly honored for his work in films and on television.

In 1992, he won a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Also that year, he garnered both the Evening Standard British Film Award and the London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his work in that film, as well as in Anthony Minghella's Truly, Madly, Deeply and Stephen Poliakoff's Close My Eyes, with the London Film Critics Circle adding his performance in Quigley Down Under for good measure. He later earned BAFTA Award nominations for his performances in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility and Neil Jordan's Michael Collins.

In 1997, Rickman won Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for his performance in the title role of the HBO movie Rasputin. He more recently received an Emmy nomination for his starring role in the acclaimed HBO movie Something the Lord Made.

Rickman's additional film credits include Bottle Shock, for which he won Best Actor at the 2008 Seattle Film Festival; Nobel Son; Perfume: The Story of a Murderer; Snow Cake; Love Actually; Blow Dry; Galaxy Quest; Dogma; Judas Kiss; and Mesmer, for which he was named Best Actor at the 1994 Montreal Film Festival.

In 1997, Rickman made his feature film directorial debut with The Winter Guest, starring Emma Thompson, which he also scripted with Sharman Macdonald, based on Macdonald's original play. An official selection at the Venice Film Festival, the film was nominated for a Golden Lion and won two other awards, and it was later named Best Film when it screened at the Chicago Film Festival. Rickman also directed the play for the stage at both the West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre in London. In addition, he directed My Name is Rachel Corrie at The Royal Court in the West End, winning Best New Play and Best Director at the Theatregoers' Choice Awards before the production transferred to New York. He recently directed Strindberg's Creditors at the Donmar Warehouse, which will be seen at the Brooklyn Academy in New York in 2010.

Rickman studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) for two seasons. In 1985, he created the role of the Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses and, in 1987, he earned a Tony Award nomination when he reprised the role on Broadway. Rickman more recently starred in the acclaimed West End production of Noel Coward's Private Lives, winning a Variety Club Award and earning Olivier and Evening Standard Award nominations for Best Actor. The play then moved to Broadway, where Rickman received his second Tony Award nomination for Best Actor.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.
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Charlie Chaplin Facts

Birth NameCharles Spencer Chaplin
BirthdayApril 16, 1889
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Date of deathDecember 25, 1977 (age 88)
Awards1972 Academy Awards: Honorary Award

Selected Filmography

Bible According to Hollywood
There Be Dragons
Charlie Chaplin 11 Best Movies DVD Box Set, 18.5 Hours of Viewing Time, Contains Cinematic Classics like: The Gold Rush, Modern Times, The Circus, The Great Dictator, City Lights, LimeLight, The Kid, A Woman of Paris, A King in New York, The Chaplin Revue, Monsieur Verdoux
Modern Times
When Comedy Was King
The Kid
The Gold Rush
Charlie Chaplin Vol. 1
Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology
Karate Wars
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