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Alan Rickman

Lowest Rated:   7% CBGB (2013)
Birthplace:   Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Although he made his name playing ruthless, genteel villains like Die Hard's Hans Gruber and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' Sheriff of Nottingham, Alan Rickman proved himself equally remarkable in romantic, comic, and good-guy dramatic roles. An actor of brooding charisma who intones his lines in a deep, milky baritone, Rickman began his career on-stage, building up a sizable résumé before embarking on a film career.Of Irish and Welsh parentage, Rickman was born in London's Hammersmith district on February 21, 1946. His father, who was a painter and decorator, died of cancer when the actor was eight, leaving behind Rickman, his mother, and three siblings. After winning a scholarship to West London's Latymer Upper School, Rickman began acting at the encouragement of his teachers. He also developed an interest in art, and he went on to study graphic design at the Royal College of Art. He founded a Soho-based design company, but after deciding that his heart was in acting, he abandoned the company when he was 26 to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He spent three years there, serving as a dresser to such actors as Ralph Richardson and Nigel Hawthorne. After leaving RADA, Rickman began to make his name on the stage, first appearing in repertory and then landing lead roles in London productions. He gained particular acclaim for his portrayal of Valmont in a West End production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, eventually reprising his role for the Broadway production and winning a Tony nomination.In 1988, Rickman got his first dose of big-screen recognition with Die Hard. After the film's huge success, and praise for his delightfully nasty portrayal of the film's villain, he went on to make a couple of poorly received features, including 1989's The January Man and 1990s Quigley Down Under. Success greeted him again in 1991: playing Kevin Costner's nemesis, the vile and loathsome Sheriff of Nottingham, in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Rickman proved to audiences why being bad could be so much fun. The same year, he endeared himself as a markedly more sympathetic character in Truly, Madly, Deeply. As a deceased cellist who reappears to comfort his lover (Juliet Stevenson), Rickman proved himself adept at romantic comedy, and began to accrue a reputation as a thinking woman's sex symbol (something he vocally resented).The actor spent the remainder of the decade turning in solid performances in a number of diverse films: he could be seen as an actor with a troubled past in An Awfully Big Adventure (1994), a very sympathetic Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility (1995), Eamon de Valera in Michael Collins (1996), a has-been sci-fi television star in Galaxy Quest (1999), and a grumpy angel in Dogma (1999). In 1997, Rickman branched out into directing, making his debut with The Winter Guest. Starring real-life mother and daughter Phyllida Law and Emma Thompson as an estranged mother and daughter, the film won a number of positive notices, further establishing Rickman as a man of impressive versatility, both in front of and behind the camera. Though Rickman's voice would be featured on the animated television series King of the Hill in 2003, he wasn't truly absorbed into mainstream pop-culture among the kid circuit until after starring in the movie adaptations of author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Rickman played the sinister Professor Snape in the films, one of the few post-pubescent constants in the franchise.In 2005, just months before the fourth installment in the Potter series, Rickman showed up in the first big-screen adaptation of another literary series with a rabid fan base, lending his voice to the character of Marvin the neurotic robot in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.He went on to appear in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, and in 2007 he played Judge Turpin in Tim Burton's adaptation of Sweeney Todd. E reteamed with the director for Alice in Wonderland in 2010, and the next year saw the final installment


Highest Rated Movies



100% Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary
  • Actor
28% Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Blue Caterpillar
$77.1M 2016
95% Eye In The Sky
  • Lt. Gen. Frank Benson
$16.7M 2016
49% A Little Chaos
  • Louis XIV
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$0.6M 2015
13% A Promise
  • Karl Hoffmeister
  • Hilly Kristal
72% Lee Daniels' The Butler
  • Ronald Reagan
$116.7M 2013
No Score Yet The Boy In The Bubble
  • Actor
18% Gambit
  • Lionel Shabander
$0.7M 2012
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  • Professor Severus Snape
$381.1M 2011
77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
  • Professor Severus Snape
$295M 2010
No Score Yet The Song of Lunch
  • Actor
77% The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest
  • Noel Odell
$0.9M 2010
51% Alice in Wonderland
  • Blue Caterpillar
$319.4M 2010
84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Professor Severus Snape
$302M 2009
No Score Yet The Villa Golitsyn
  • Actor
26% Nobel Son
  • Eli Michaelson
$0.4M 2008
48% Bottle Shock
  • Steven Spurrier
$4M 2008
86% Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Judge Turpin
$53M 2007
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Severus Snape
$292M 2007
59% Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
  • Antoine Richis
$2.2M 2006
64% Snow Cake
  • Alex Hughes
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Professor Severus Snape
$290M 2005
60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Marvin
$51.1M 2005
100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Actor
90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Severus Snape
$249.4M 2004
No Score Yet Something the Lord Made
  • Dr. Alfred Blalock
64% Love Actually
  • Harry
$59.4M 2003
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Prof. Snape
$261.9M 2002
81% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Prof. Severus Snape
$317.6M 2001
89% The Search for John Gissing
  • John Gissing
No Score Yet Beckett on Film
  • Actor
19% Blow Dry
  • Phil Allen
No Score Yet Judge Not: In Defense of Dogma
  • Actor
No Score Yet Help! I'm a Fish
  • Joe
No Score Yet Hjælp, jeg er en fisk, (A Fish Tale), (Help! I'm a Fish)
  • Actor
90% Galaxy Quest
  • Sir Alexander Dane/Dr. Lazarus
No Score Yet Dark Harbor
  • David Weinberg
67% Dogma
  • Metatron
43% Judas Kiss
  • Det. David Friedman
65% The Winter Guest
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
78% Michael Collins
  • Eamon De Valera
No Score Yet Rasputin
  • Rasputin
97% Sense and Sensibility
  • Col. Brandon
36% An Awfully Big Adventure
  • P.L. O'Hara
No Score Yet Mesmer
  • Franz Mesmer
95% Bob Roberts
  • Lukas Hart, III
52% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • Sheriff of Nottingham
44% Closet Land
  • Interrogator
67% Close My Eyes
  • Sinclair
74% Truly Madly Deeply
  • Jamie
No Score Yet Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (Extended Cut)
  • Actor
56% Quigley Down Under
  • Elliott Marston
24% The January Man
  • Ed
94% Die Hard
  • Hans Gruber
No Score Yet Barchester Chronicles
  • Obediah Slope
No Score Yet Therese Raquin
  • Actor
No Score Yet Romeo & Juliet
  • Tybalt


No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2019
  • 2015
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
  • He
  • 2011
No Score Yet King of the Hill
  • Voice
  • 2002
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
  • Guest

Quotes from Alan Rickman's Characters