About Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman
Alan Rickman was one of the most versatile and talented actors of his generation. He passed away on 14 January 2016 at the age of 69, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He left behind a legacy of unforgettable performances in theatre, film and television, as well as a reputation for being a generous, kind and witty person.
1. Early Life and Education
Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was born on 21 February 1946 in the Acton district of London. His mother was Margaret Doreen Rose (née Bartlett), who was of Welsh descent, and his father was Bernard William Rickman, who was of Irish descent and worked as a factory worker, house painter and decorator, and former Second World War aircraft fitter. Alan had an older brother (David), a younger brother (Michael), and a younger sister (Sheila). His father died when Alan was only eight years old, leaving his mother to raise four children on her own. Alan later said that his father's death had a profound impact on him and made him more independent and resilient.
Alan attended Derwentwater Primary School in Acton, where he excelled academically and artistically. He then won a scholarship to Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, where he became involved in drama and music. He also joined a local amateur dramatics group called the Brook Green Players. He developed a passion for acting and decided to pursue it as a career.
2. Theatre Career
Rickman began his professional acting career on stage, joining the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in 1978. He played a variety of roles in both classical and contemporary plays, such as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Jaques in As You Like It, Achilles in Troilus and Cressida, and Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. His performance as Valmont earned him critical acclaim and a Tony Award nomination when the play transferred to Broadway in 1987.
Rickman also appeared in several West End productions, such as The Seagull, The Grass Widow, The Lucky Chance, Tango at the End of Winter, Private Lives and Seminar. He also directed some plays, such as The Winter Guest (which he later adapted into a film), My Name Is Rachel Corrie and Creditors. He was known for his charismatic presence, his expressive voice and his nuanced interpretation of complex characters.
3. Film Career
Rickman made his film debut in 1988 as the iconic villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard. He stole the show with his suave and sinister portrayal of the German terrorist leader who faces off against Bruce Willis' John McClane. He went on to play more memorable antagonists, such as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (for which he won a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor), Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Ronald Reagan in The Butler.
However, Rickman was not limited to playing villains. He also demonstrated his range and versatility by taking on leading roles in romantic dramas (such as Jamie in Truly Madly Deeply and Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility), historical biopics (such as Eamon de Valera in Michael Collins and Alfred Blalock in Something the Lord Made), comedies (such as Metatron in Dogma and Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest), and fantasy films (such as Absolem in Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass).
Rickman's most famous role was arguably that of Severus Snape, the enigmatic potions master who torments Harry Potter throughout the eight-film series based on J.K. Rowling's novels. Rickman brought depth and humanity to the character, who turned out to be one of the most complex and pivotal figures in the story. He was praised by fans and critics alike for his portrayal of Snape, which he kept consistent despite not knowing the character's full arc until the final book was published.
4. Personal Life
Alan Rickman was a renowned English actor and director who passed away in 2016. He is best remembered for his roles as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series, Hans Gruber in Die Hard, and the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. But what was his personal life like? Who was the woman he married after being together for over 40 years? How did he cope with his illness and death?, we will explore some aspects of his personal life that may not be widely known.
5. Long-Term Relationship and Marriage
In 1965, when Alan was 19 years old, he met 18-year-old Rima Horton at Chelsea College of Art and Design, where they were both students. Rima was studying economics and became a Labour Party councillor on Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council from 1986 to 2006. She also worked as a lecturer at Kingston University. Alan and Rima fell in love and moved in together in 1977. They remained together for the rest of Alan's life, but they did not marry until 2012, in a private ceremony in New York. Alan revealed their marriage in an interview with Germany's Bild newspaper in 2015, saying that they had exchanged rings but did not have a big wedding. He also joked that it was "about time" they got married after being together for so long.
Alan and Rima did not have any children, but they had many friends and godchildren. They also shared a love for art, music, literature, and politics. They supported various causes and charities, such as Amnesty International , Saving Faces , International Performers' Aid Trust , and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art . They lived in a Victorian house in London's Notting Hill neighbourhood, which they renovated over the years.
6. Illness and Death
In August 2015, Alan suffered a minor stroke , which led to the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer . He kept his condition private and continued to work on his projects. He completed his voice work for Alice Through the Looking Glass , where he reprised his role as the Blue Caterpillar , and Eye in the Sky , where he played Lieutenant General Frank Benson . He also wrote the foreword for the book Harry Potter: The Character Vault , which was published in October 2015.
Alan died on 14 January 2016 at age 69 in London. His family announced his death the following day, saying that he was "surrounded by family and friends". His death shocked and saddened his fans and colleagues around the world, who paid tribute to him online and offline. A memorial service was held for him at Old Vic Theatre on 3 April 2016, where many of his friends and co-stars spoke about him and celebrated his life and work.
Alan Rickman was a remarkable actor and director who left behind a legacy of unforgettable performances. He was also a loving husband, son, brother, uncle, godfather, friend, mentor, and activist who touched many lives with his kindness, generosity, humour, and intelligence. He will always be remembered as one of the best actors of his generation.