Profile of the Day: Alan Rickman

Posted February 21, 2024 by Amanda | No Comment

Today we remember actor Alan Rickman on what would have been his 78th birthday.

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Rickman was born on February 21, 1946 to Margaret Doreen Rose Bartlett and Bernard William Rickman, a factory worker. At the age of 8, Rickman’s father died of lung cancer, leaving his mother to raise Rickman and his three siblings alone. Although he had participated in school plays during high school, Rickman chose to pursue a career as a graphic designer. However, three years after opening his own graphic design studio, Rickman decided that he would pursue acting professionally. At the age of 26, he earned a scholarship to the prestigious acting academy, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

He began his acting career in theater and made a name for himself as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1987, he earned his first Tony Award nomination. A versatile actor, Rickman took on a wide variety of roles on the big screen. These roles ranged from playing the villain in the Hollywood blockbuster film Die Hard to the romantic lead in the period drama Sense and Sensibility. In 2001, Rickman would take on his most iconic role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series.

Rickman died on January 14, 2016 from pancreatic cancer. He was 69 years old.

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