Alan Rickman Facts

Alan Rickman Facts
Alan Rickman was an English actor and director who became very well-known after playing Hans Gruber in Die Hard. He was born Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman on February 21st, 1946, in Hammersmith, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose and Bernard William Rickman. Alan attended school in London, and eventually became involved in drama. He attended Chelsea College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art. He opened a graphic design studio with friends but after three years decided to pursue acting as a career. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and later began working with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Alan received a Tony Award in 1987 for his role in Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
Interesting Alan Rickman Facts:
Alan Rickman's father died of lung cancer when Alan was only 8 years old.
Alan Rickman was an honorary president of the International Performers' Aid Trust. He was also involved in Saving Faces, a charity.
Alan Rickman had said that the film that made him wish to pursue acting as a career was Nashville.
The first movie that Alan Rickman watched was Swiss Family Robinson.
Alan Rickman had to take cello lessons to play in the 1990 movie Truly Madly Deeply.
Alan Rickman was in a relationship with his sweetheart from high school named Rima Horton for 47 years before they got married in 2012.
Alan Rickman did not have any children due to his wife's wishes.
In 1995 Empire Magazine named Alan Rickman as number thirty four on the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history.
Alan Rickman was named 46 on the 100 Best Heroes/Villains in film history by the American Film Institute for his role as Hans Gruber in the movie Die Hard.
Alan Rickman played Rasputin in a TV movie titled Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny. He won a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Emmy, and a Golden Globe for that role.
Alan Rickman won a BAFTA Award for his acting in Robin Hood.
During the filming of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Alan Rickman used a fart machine to make people laugh during dramatic scenes.
Alan Rickman once failed his driving test in California. He was told he drove too cautiously through a green light.
Alan Rickman thought of Canada as a second home and was friends with the former governor general Adrienne Clarkson.
The writer of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, couldn't keep secrets from Alan Rickman, so he knew his character's fate before Deathly Hollows was released.
Alan Rickman was given the role of Snape in the Harry Potter films only after Tim Roth turned the role down for a role in Planet of the Apes. J.K. Rowling has said that she thought of Alan Rickman while writing the character and he was her first choice.
Alan Rickman's first love was theater and he often turned down roles in films in favor of roles on stage.
Alan Rickman died of pancreatic cancer on January 14th, 2016, in London, England. He was 69 years old.

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