Alan Rickman was an English actor and director who received media recognition for his role as Le Vicomte de Valmont in the movie, Les Liaisons Dangereuses. He is also well-known for the role of a villain in movies like Die Hard and Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny.
His role in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny as Grigori Rasputin made him win Golden Globe Award. His role as Severus Snape in Harry Potter is still famous.
Early Life of Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman was born on February 21, 1946, in Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom. If he was alive, he would be at the age of 77 years old. He used to celebrate his birthday on the 21st of February and his horoscope was Pisces. His real name was Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman.
He was born as the son of a factory worker and house painter, Bernard Rickman (father), and Margaret Doreen Rose (mother). His brothers are Michael Rickman and David Rickman. Michael works as a coach while David is a graphic designer. He had a sister named Sheila Rickman.
When he was 8 years old, his father died so he was raised by his mother singly. Alan’s paternal grandparents are Harry Rickman and Mary Kathleen Collins while John Bartlett and Lily Amelia Tamblyn were his maternal grandparents. He had citizenship in the United Kingdom and belongs to a Mixed ethnicity (English, Irish, Welsh). Alan used to follow the Irish Catholic religion.
Education of Alan Rickman
He studied at West Acton First School. Then, he enrolled in Derwentwater Primary School which is located in Acton. He also studied at Latymer Upper School.
From 1965 to 1968, he studied Graphic design at Chelsea College of Art and Design. After that, he attended the Royal College of Art from 1968 to 1970.
Alan Rickman Married His College Sweetheart
He was married to a politician, Rima Horton. They met at an amateur theatre group at Chelsea College of Arts in 1965. Rima was only 18 years old while Alan was only 19 years old at that time. They started dating each other and started living together as a couple in 1977.
On January 27, 2014, they even attended the U.K. Premiere of The Invisible Woman at the ODEON Kensington. In 2012, they walked down the aisle in the presence of their close ones. After the death of Alan, Horton is living a single life since 2016.
Alan Rickman’s Net Worth & Other Assets
Rickman had an estimated net worth of $16 million as of 2023. He was able to earn this hefty sum of money from his professional career. Rickman used to earn a salary of $1 million annually.
He was living in his $1 million worth in West Village, New York which covers an area of 925 square feet. In 2020, his mansion was sold for $1 million. He owned three cars, Toyota Prius, Maserati Ghibli, and BMW 7 Series.
Alan Rickman’s Height
He had a tall height of 6 feet 1 inches and weighs 78 kg. He had a beautiful pair of light brown eyes and his hair was also light brown in color. Rickman used to wear a shoe size of 9(US).
Alan Rickman’s Death Cause
On 14 January 2016, Alan left this world in London, England, U.K. He was only 69 years old at the time of his death. In 2005, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had a prostatectomy in January 2006. In August 2015, he suffered from a minor stroke. Due to this, he suffered from terminal pancreatic cancer. After his death, his family member announced his death saying:
“Alan Rickman, one of the best-loved and most warmly admired British actors of the past 30 years, has died in London aged 69. He died surrounded by family and friends”.
He was cremated on 3 February 2016 in the West London Crematorium in Kensal Green. After cremation, his ashes were given to his wife.
Professional Career of Alan Rickman
- Alan is an Actor and Voice Actor by profession.
- He opened Graphiti, a graphic design studio along with his friends right after graduation.
- After running the studio for three years, he started his acting career and debuted in the play Romeo and Juliet.
- He played the role of Obadiah Slope in the tv series, The Barchester Chronicles.
- His break movie was Die Hard, where he played the role of Hans Gruber in 1988.
- He portrayed the role of Jamie in the fantasy film Truly, Madly, Deeply in 1990.
- Alan appeared in the 1991 adventure film ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and played the role of George.
Movies & Tv Shows
Some of his popular movies are Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Sense and Sensibility. He also papered in movies like Galaxy Quest, Alice in Wonderland, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
He played in tv series like Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny, The Barchester Chronicles, Revolutionary Witness, and Smiley’s People.
Awards & Nomination
- In 1992, he won a BAFTA Film Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
- His role as Grigori Rasputin in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny, made him win Primetime Emmy Award in the criteria of Outstanding Lead Actor.
- He also won Golden Globe Award in 1997.
FAQs of Alan Rickman
Is Ronan Vibert related to Alan Rickman?
No, Alan and Ronan Vilbert aren’t related to each other biologically. They had shared the screen together in the mini-series, French Revolution but doesn’t belong to each other.
Was Alan Rickman involved in Charities?
Yes, Alan was involved in charity. In 1991, he founded an organization name Closet Land which supports Amnesty International. He was also a supporter of Peace One Day’s World Peace Day.
Did Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Rickman get along?
Yes, Daniel and Alan used to get along. He used to encourage Daniel on the set of Harry Potter as well as outside. In an interview, Radcliffe described him as a:
“Alan Rickman is undoubtedly one of the greatest actors I will ever work with. He is also, one of the most loyal and most supportive people I’ve ever met in the film industry. He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter.”
What did Alan Rickman write?
On October 4, 2022, his book, Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman was released. He wrote his vital schedule while working on Harry Potter with Radcliffe and others. He and Tom Felton co-wrote a book name, Beyond The Wand.
Is Adam Driver related to Alan Rickman?
No, Adam Driver is not related to Alan. Both of them were popular actors while Alan was from the UK and Adam was from the United States.