Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman will be more familiar to our younger readers as the anti-hero of the Harry Potter franchise Professor Snape, to our more seasoned readers Rickman will undoubtedly be remembered as the scheming villain who laid siege to Nakatomi Plaza in the original “Die Hard”.
Rickman’s death was confirmed on Thursday (14th Jan.) by his family who said that he died “surrounded by family and friends”. Rickman had been battling cancer prior to his demise at the age of 69 in London, England.
Born on the 21st of February 1946, Alan Rickman began his acting career a bit later than most. At the age of 26 he received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London which set him on his path to stardom and an acting career which lasted nearly 40 years.
His first love was the stage and as such got the opportunity to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company before moving onto to television projects UK and eventually Hollywood. Before becoming a regular in Hollywood, Alan Rickman earned himself a Tony award nomination for his role in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” on broadway in 1987.