Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was born on February 21, 1946, in Hammersmith, London, England. He was the second of four children born to Bernard and Margaret Rickman. His father was a factory worker, and his mother was a homemaker. Rickman grew up in a working-class household, and attended the Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith.
Rickman went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where he honed his skills as an actor. After graduating, he spent several years working in theatre before transitioning to film and television.
Rickman’s breakthrough role came in 1988, when he was cast as the villainous Hans Gruber in the action-thriller “Die Hard.” His performance in the film was widely praised, and he went on to become one of the most sought-after character actors in Hollywood.
Over the course of his career, Rickman appeared in a wide variety of films and television shows, spanning multiple genres and styles. Some of his most notable roles include:
- Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” film series
- Colonel Brandon in “Sense and Sensibility”
- Jamie in “Truly Madly Deeply”
- The Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”
- Alexander Dane in “Galaxy Quest”
- The Metatron in “Dogma”
Rickman was known for his commanding presence on screen, his deep voice, and his ability to portray complex and nuanced characters. He was nominated for numerous awards throughout his career, including an Emmy, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe.
Off-screen, Rickman was known for his close relationships with his family and friends. He was married to his longtime partner, Rima Horton, from 2012 until his death in 2016. The couple had been together for over 50 years before tying the knot. Rickman also had several close friendships with fellow actors, including Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter, and Daniel Radcliffe.
Tragically, Rickman passed away on January 14, 2016, at the age of 69. He had been battling pancreatic cancer in secret, and his death came as a shock to many in the entertainment industry and to his legions of fans around the world.
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) January 14, 2016
In the years since his passing, Rickman’s legacy has continued to grow. He remains one of the most respected and beloved actors of his generation, and his performances continue to captivate audiences to this day. He may be gone, but his impact on the world of film and theatre will never be forgotten, Google have honoured Alan today by portraying him in the Google Doodle as seen below.