Alan Rickman

English film, television and stage actor, graphic designer (1946-2016)

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.

Alan Rickman
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Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman

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

Personal lifeEdit

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 rolesEdit

Harry PotterEdit

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Sorcerer's Stone) Rickman portrays Professor Snape, a bad guy who hates Harry. Severus hated James Potter, Harry's father, because he took Lily from him, this is another reason he hates Harry so much because he looks like his father. However, in Deathly Hallows Part 2 we discover that Snape is in fact a hero. He sacrifices himself to save the wizarding world. Harry recognises this and names a child after him in honour of his braveness.


  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 websitesEdit

  Media related to Alan Rickman at Wikimedia Commons