Rickman has won over fans of all ages during a nearly 40-year stage and movie career, playing an array of iconic roles such as Hans Gruber in the original Die Hard from 1988, and Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movie franchise. Rickman won Golden Globes, Emmys, Baftas, and other accolades during his decades-long career, but he has never won an Academy Award. Before his first film role, in Alan Rickmans film Die Hard, Rickman was an actor in the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in The Tempest and Loves Labors Lost.

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Alan Rickman

Although Alan Rickman did not begin his career in movies until the age of 42, he touched fans lives worldwide in roles such as Severus Snape and Hans Gruber. While the characters he brought to life are loved and renowned, there are a few things that you might not know about the British actor, who played Severus Snape in the eight-movie “Harry Potter” franchise.

In fact, Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowlings has even said she imagined potion-master Severus Snape looking just like actor Alan Rickman when writing Harry Potter. JK Rowling has said that when writing Severus Snape, JK Rowling also had Alan Rickman in mind, Warner Brothers preferred Tim Roth to play Severus Snape, and agreed to cast Rickman only after Roth dropped out in order to make Planet of the Apes. Not only were young people scared by the towering presence of the late Alan Rickman as Professor Snape, philosopherStone and The Chamber of Secrets director Chris Columbus said that when he met the actor, he was intimidated, recalling his part he had played in Die Hard, but once he talked to him and saw his smile, he was able to realise just how good looking he was.

David Bowies did an excellent job of playing all those voicing roles, but many fans agreed that Marvins part was his best: They could not find an actor more capable of giving the sad, deadpan lines of Marvin than Alan Rickman. These include Jimmy Gardner, who played the Knightbuss driver in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played Barty Crouch, Snr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sir Richard St. John Harris, who played Dumbledore in The Motion Picture, and, of course, Alan Rickman. In 2009, The Guardian named Alan Sydney Patrick Rickman as one of the best actors who has never received an Oscar nomination. In 2009, The Guardian named Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination. Rickman was nominated for an additional British Academy Film Awards, as well as winning both the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor and the London Film Critics Circle award for Actor of the Year.

Alan Rickman, The Actor Who Made Me Want To Be An Actor

Breakthrough roles The breakthrough moment of Alan Rickmans career came in 1985, when he was cast as the titular Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, a part playwright Christopher Hampton (who had adapted the script from the 18th-century French novel) designed specifically for the actor.

Alan Rickmans performance as Severus Snape in each film of the Harry Potter series made the British actor a household name. Excerpts of Alan Rickmans journal published in The Guardian provide insight into the late actors decades-long journey with the Harry Potter franchise, and provide an understanding as to why he chose to keep playing Severus Snape through all eight movies. In the journal entries, which delve deep into Alan Rickmans Harry Potter journey, Rickman, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2016, wrote about his time spent on sets, attending premieres and parties, and his wish to retire as Professor Severus Snape, Hogwarts, before the end of the Harry Potter movie franchise. Everyone loves the actor that everybody loves, Alan Rickman, as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movie franchise, but it was not until I saw him in Galaxy Quest that I started really liking him.

Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman

Known mostly for the unmatched genius of Alan Rickmans villainous roles in Die Hard and the Harry Potter franchise, Rickman is an immensely popular actor both on the screen and the stage. While his Sir Alexander Dane was no villain in Galaxy Quest, Alan Rickmans performance, his line delivery, and his retirement made clear how strongly he felt that he deserved to be remembered and recognized for so much more than playing an alien Doctor Lazarus in an inane, stupid bit of science fiction bullshit, condemned to be revisited for eternity at fan conventions (somewhat related, this was also a brilliant send-up of Leonard Nimoys love/hate relationship with his Dr. Spock character. His gurning was a vehicle for Alan Rickman. In “Sense and Sensibility,” part of a fruitful (but creative, they liked to say) Rickman-Emma Thompson creative partnership, Rickman gave up his part in “Rake” Willoughby–the part that could well be eaten up by him–to another actor, instead playing a wistful, real-life Colonel Brandon, who is initially dismissed by Marian (Kate Winslet) but grows fond of Marian (Kate Winslet).

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