Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (born 21 February 1946) is an English actor and theatre director. He is a renowned stage actor in modern and classical productions and a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Rickman is known for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, Eamon de Valera in Michael Collins, and Metatron in Dogma.
He is also known for his prominent roles as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1991 film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and as Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee‘s 1995 film Sense and Sensibility. More recently he played Judge Turpin in Tim Burton‘s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and voiced the Caterpillar in Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland. The Guardian named Rickman as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.
So why do I HEART Alan Rickman? Two words Colonial Brandon from Sense and Sensibility. I found him funny in Robin-hood Prince of thieves and later vastly interesting as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies. But is was his role as the quiet unrequited colonial that got me. There is something about his voice that is just wonderful to listen to, which is why I am always pleasantly surprised to find in him in unusual places like Marvin the depressed robot in The hitch hikers guide to the galaxy and the caterpillar in Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
His ability to play such a wide range of roles and encompass so many different genera is impressive. Most actors cannot translate from the stage to the screen or vice verse but Alan Rickman is one of those rare finds. From comedy to drama, villain to hero I will bet on him any day of the week to steal a small roll and make himself the most memorable part.
So here’s to Alan, an under appreciated gem.
Movies He’s been in: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000614/
Noel Odell (voice)
Man in street (uncredited)