Who Is Alan Rickman & How Did He Die?

Alan Rickman (1946-2016) was an English actor, remembered in the role of Severus Snape, the enigmatic professor of the Harry Potter saga.

Alan Rickman Life Story

Alan Sidney Patrik Rickman, known as Alan Rickman, was born in Hummersmiyh, England, on February 21, 1946. The son of a London middle-class family, he lost his father at the age of eight.

Rickman attended Darwentwater Junior School, where he demonstrated a great aptitude for calligraphy and painting. He received a scholarship to the Latymer Upper School, where he first became involved in theatre.

Before dedicating himself to the profession that would ispire him, he studied at Chelsea College of Arts and Design. Worked for a short period in a design studio. Together with some friends, he started a graphic design company, “Graphiti”, but after three years he decided he wanted to be an actor.

Alan Rickman Career in Movies

Alan Rickman’s career began to take off in 1972, when he was written and accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

During the course, he worked as a costume assistant in the theater for actors such as Nigel Hawthome and Sir Ralph Richardson.

During this period, he won several GDR awards, including the Emile Little Prize, the Forbes Robertson and the Bancroft Golden Medal, an award given to the best student of the year.

When he finished his studies at RADA, he worked with various experimental theater groups with the plays “The Seagull” and “The Grass Windowde Snoo Wilson” at the Royal Court Theatre.

His television debut came in 1978, in a BBC network version of “Romeo and Juliet”.

In 1982 he joined the cast of the BBC series “The Barchester Chronicles“, where he played the reverend “Obadiah”.

While on the cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company, was nominated for a Tony for his role as the “Viscount of Valmont” in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” staged on Broadway in 1987.

With the success of the play, Alan Rickman was invited to join the cast of “Hard to Kill” (1988), in the role of the villain “Hans Gruber”, film that projected him internationally.

Alan Rickman also starred in “An Other World Novel” (1990), “Robin Hood: The Prince of Thieves” (1991), when he won the BAFTA for best supporting actor, and “Reason and Sensibility” (1995) – this year side of Emma Thompson, longtime co-worker.

In 1996 he received the Emmy Award and, in 1997, the Golden Globe for his performance in the miniseries “Rasputin”. That same year, he directed “A Little Chaos”, starring Kate Winslet.

Despite having been successful in plays, TV series and film, Alan Rickman has become best known for his role as the mysterious professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series.

Alan Rickman Death

Alan Rickman passed away in London, England, on January 14, 2016; at the age of 69, as a result of pancreatic cancer and only his close friend know that he was terminally ill.

In August 2015, Alan suffered a minor stroke, which revealed pancreatic cancer after diagnosis.

Alan Rickman Net Worth

Rickman at the time of his death, he left behind a net worth of $16 million. Most of his wealth inherited to his wife, Rima Horton, as well as he left £25,000 ($35K) each to his three nieces. You can read more details about his will & Donations in Mirror.

Alan Rickman Movies

1988-Die Hard  
1989-The January Man  
1990-Truly Madly Deeply  
1990-Quigley Down Under  
1991-Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves  
1991-Close My Eyes  
1991-Closet Land  
1992-Bob Roberts  
1995-An Awfully Big Adventure  
1995-Sense and Sensibility  
1996-Michael Collins  
1997-The Winter Guest  
1998-Judas Kiss  
1998-Dark Harbor  
1999-Galaxy Quest  
2001-Blow Dry  
2001-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone  
2002-Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  
2003-Love Actually  
2004-Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  
2005-Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire  
2005-The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy  
2006-Perfume: The Story of a Murderer  
2006-Snow Cake  
2007-Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  
2007-Nobel Son  
2007-Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  
2008-Bottle Shock  
2009-Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince  
2010-Alice in Wonderland  
2010-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1  
2011-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2  
2013-A Promise  
2014-A Little Chaos  
2015-Eye in the Sky  
2016-Alice Through the Looking Glass  
Alan Rickman Movies