Small Beginnings: Alan Rickman

 

This week Small Beginnings remembers one of our favorite British talents who we lost earlier this year. You will be well remembered, Alan. Let’s take a look at how he spent his life.

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was born in London on February 21st in 1946. He was one of four children who unfortunately lost their father due to lung cancer when Alan was eight years old. Early on he found great joy in calligraphy and watercolor painting which led him to study graphic design in college. He did not get into acting until the age of 26 when he joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he won several awards.

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He moved on to joining several theater groups and also occasionally appeared on TV, in London as well as New York. In 1988 his career in film acting took off after Joel Silver offered Rickman the role of Hans Gruber in “Die Hard“. From then on Rickman appeared not only on screen, but also on stage as actor as well as director. Interesting fact: while Rickman always seemed to be given the softer roles in British productions, he was more often chosen for the villain in American films (compare him in “Sense and Sensibility“ versus “Robin Hood“), which only testifies to his great range of acting talent. He also got to demonstrate his talent for comedy (“Galaxy Quest“, “Love, Actually“), possibly saving him from being type-cast.

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Most of us know Rickman best as Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter“ movies, which he joined after author J.K. Rowling requested him specifically for that role. A few of his last projects were “A Little Chaos“ as director and “Eye in The Sky“ as actor and “Alice Through The Looking Glass“ as the voice of the Blue Caterpillar. We wish his family all the best and hope for more British talent. He died on January 14th, 2016 from a pancreas tumor at the age of 69.

We thank Alan Rickman for his work and inspiration and he will be well remembered.

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