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Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman

(1946-02-21)21 February 1946
Died 14 January 2016(2016-01-14) (aged 69)
London, England Cremated
Cause of death Pancreatic cancer
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978–2016
Rima Horton
(m. 2012)

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016) was an English actor and theatre director. He was a well known stage actor in modern and classical productions and he used to be a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Rickman was known for being in movies.

Personal life

Rickman was born on 21 February 1946 in Acton, London. He studied in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Rickman married his partner of 50 years, Rima Horton, in 2012. He lived in London and in Los Angeles, California.

Rickman died in a hospital in London from pancreatic cancer on 14 January 2016 at the age of 69. He was cremated in the West London Crematorium in Kensal Green on February 3, 2016. His widow, Rima Horton, kept his ashes.

Movie roles

  • Hans Gruber in Die Hard
  • Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movie series
  • Eamon de Valera in Michael Collins
  • Phil Allen in Blow Dry
  • Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest
  • Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility
  • Harry in Love Actually
  • Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Absolem the Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland and in Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • President Ronald Reagan in The Butler

Harry Potter

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Sorcerer's Stone) Rickman portrays Professor Snape, a bad guy who hates Harry. Severus hated James Potter, Harry's father, because he took Lily from him, this is another reason he hates Harry so much because he looks like his father. However, in Deathly Hallows Part 2 we discover that Snape is in fact a hero. He sacrifices himself to save the wizarding world. Harry recognises this and names a child after him in honour of his braveness.

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