25 Facts You Should Know About Alan Rickman

Only a few days after the loss of musical genius David Bowie, another shinning star from the world of entertainment died today. At the age of 69, Alan Rickman lost his battle with cancer and went on to a place of rest. The older generations probably remember him for portraying immoral and ruthless villains like Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Sheriff George of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, while the younger generations know him as Professor Severus Snape from the Harry Potter films. As one of the most admired British film actors of the past three decades, his roles and excellent acting skills gained him many fans all over the world while much of his work in the theater earned him critical acclaim and the respect of his colleagues. In the wake of his death, many fans have already expressed their grief on social media, sharing gifs or pictures of Rickman in his various iconic roles. Just as we did with David Bowie a few days ago, we’re remembering one of our favorite wizards with 25 Facts You Should Know About Alan Rickman, celebrating his memory and paying tribute to a gentleman on and off-screen.


He was an active patron of the charity Saving Faces and honorary president of the International Performers’ Aid Trust, a charity that alleviates poverty in some of the world’s toughest places.

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In case you don’t remember, Alan’s first major role, through which he was introduced to the American public, was as a bad guy named Hans Gruber, whose butt John McClane (Bruce Willis) kicked in Die Hard.

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When he was eight Rickman’s father died, leaving his mother to raise him and his three siblings.

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He was godfather to British actor Tom Burke, who you have probably seen in the film Only God Forgives, costarring Ryan Gosling.

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Before becoming an actor he studied graphic design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, as well as at the Royal College of Art. He even created a successful graphic design company named Graphiti with some of his friends, but after three years he decided to pursue acting professionally.

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