Alan Rickman was an English actor and director who is best known for playing the role of villains. Best known for his playing villainous roles in ‘Die Hard’ and the ‘Harry Potter’ film series, his acting was par excellence.
Harry Potter avid fans remember him for his role of Severus Snape. His languid tone and delivery gives a distinct touch to his speech. Here’s what you need to know about his life.
Quick facts about Alan Rickman
- Name: Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman
- Born on: 21 February 1946
- Died on: 14 January 2016 (aged 69)
- Alma mater: Chelsea College of Art and Design
- Famous as: Actor, Director
- Years active: 1974–2016
- Spouse(s): Rima Horton (m. 2012)
- Net worth: $16 million
What about his early life?
Alan Rickman was born in Acton, west London on 21 February 1946, to Margaret Doreen Rose and Bernard William Rickman. He has attended Chelsea College of Art and Design from 1965-68 and the Royal College of Art from 1968-70. He went ahead to become a student at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
What about his career?
One of the finest British actors of his generation, Alan Rickman’s versatile acting career spans from theatre roles to making it big in Hollywood. Few of his most magnificent characters are played out in movies like Truly, Madly, Deeply; Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves; Die Hard; Michael Collins; Galaxy Quest. One of his most interesting roles was that of Severus Snape across the eight movies in the franchise.
In 1992, he won the ‘BAFTA Film Award’ for ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’ for his role in ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.’ In 1996, he won the ‘Primetime Emmy Award’ for his role in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny’ and again won the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for ‘Best Actor’ in 1997 for the very same role.
What about his personal life?
Alan Rickman was secretly married to Rima Horton, a Labour Party’ councillor and economics lecturer at the ‘Kingston College’ until the time of his death. He had known her over for five decades. He had met her in 1965. They had lived together for 35 years before marrying in 2012.
How much was he worth?
Alan Rickman had a net worth of $16 million. He died of pancreatic cancer 14 January, 2016. He has left behind a diverse body of works, both as an actor and director, with a lasting impression of Severus Snape is the Harry Potter saga.