English actor best known for his villians in several big budget Hollywood movies. He was born to Irish and Welsh parents in 1946. At age 26 he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he spent 3 years. His first major film was Die Hard (1988) where he was cast as Hans Gruber. He was also the best thing about Kevin Costner's Robin Hood playing the evil sheriff.

Filmography:
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) .... Professor Severus Snape
Search for John Gissing, The (2001) .... John Gissing
Billy Elliot Boy, The (2001) (TV) (archive footage) .... Himself
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) .... Professor Severus Snape
Blow Dry (2001) .... Phil Allen
Play (2000) .... Man
Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings (2000) (TV) ....
Never Better (2000)
Galaxy Quest (1999) .... Sir Alexander Dane/Dr. Lazarus
Dogma (1999) .... Metatron
Dark Harbor (1999) .... David Weinberg
Judas Kiss (1998) .... Detective David Friedman
Winter Guest, The (1997) (uncredited) .... Man in street
Michael Collins (1996) .... Eamon De Valera
Rasputin (1996) (TV) .... Grigori Rasputin
Sense and Sensibility (1995) .... Colonel Brandon
Awfully Big Adventure, An (1995) .... P.L. O'Hara
Lumière et compagnie (1995)
Mesmer (1994) .... Franz Anton Mesmer
Bob Roberts (1992) .... Lukas Hart III
Close My Eyes (1991) .... Sinclair
Truly Madly Deeply (1991) .... Jamie
Closet Land (1991) .... Interrogator
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) .... Sheriff of Nottingham
Quigley Down Under (1990) .... Elliott Marston
January Man (1989) .... Ed
Revolutionary Witness (1989) (TV) (segment "The Preacher") .... Jacques Roux
Slime City (1989)
Die Hard (1988) .... Hans Gruber

Born on February 21, 1946 in Hammersmith, London, Alan Rickman attended the Royal College of Art and worked as a graphic artist in Soho. He received a scholarship to RADA where he won the Emile Litter Prize, the Forbes Robertson Prize, and the Bancroft Gold Medal.

Rickman has worked extensively in repertory and experimental theatre and has appeared three times at the Edinburgh International Festival.

He received huge critical acclaim for his casting as Le Vicomte de Valmont in The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. When the show crossed the Atlantic in 1986, Rickman repeated his role on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for his performance.

In his early days in Hollywood he tended to be cast as charismatic villains, such as Hans Gruber in the first Die Hard film and the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. In Anthony Minghella's Truly, Madly, Deeply however, he played a quirky romantic lead as a ghost returning to comfort his distraught lover, a role for which he received a BAFTA nomination as Best Actor, in the same year that he won the BAFTA as Best Supporting Actor for Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves.

In 1993, he did the voice-over on Mike Oldfield's Tubular BellsII.

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