Alan Rickman

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Alan Rickman
Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman

(1946-02-21)21 February 1946
Died14 January 2016(2016-01-14) (aged 69)
Cause of deathPancreatic cancer
Years active1978–2016
Rima Horton (m. 2012)

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016)[1] was an English actor and theatre director. He was a well known stage actor in modern and classical productions and he used to be a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Rickman was known for being in movies.

Personal life[change | change source]

Rickman was born on 21 February 1946 in Acton, London. He studied in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Rickman married his partner of 50 years, Rima Horton, in 2012. He lived in London and in Los Angeles, California.

Rickman died in a hospital in London from pancreatic cancer on 14 January 2016 at the age of 69.[2] He was cremated in the West London Crematorium in Kensal Green on February 3, 2016. His widow, Rima Horton, kept his ashes.

Movie roles[change | change source]

Harry Potter[change | change source]

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Rickman portrays Severus Snape, a cold and angry professor in Hogwarts who hates Harry. This is because Severus hated James Potter, Harry's father, because James and his best friend Sirius bullied him when they were both in Hogwarts in their younger years and he sees qualities of his father in Harry. Another reason he hated Harry's father is because he loved a girl called Lily who James took and later becomes Harry's mother. However, in Deathly Hallows Part 2, it is revealed that Snape is in fact a hero. He sacrifices himself to save the wizarding world. Harry recognizes this and names a child after him in honor of his bravery.

References[change | change source]

  1. Solway, Diane (August 1991). "Profile: Alan Rickman". European Travel and Life. Archived from the original on 6 October 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2007.
  2. Shoard, Catherine (January 14, 2016). "Alan Rickman, giant of British film and theatre, dies at 69". Retrieved 14 January 2016.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Alan Rickman at Wikimedia Commons