25 Facts You Should Know About Alan Rickman

Posted by , Updated on January 14, 2016


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 once stated that the first film he ever saw was Swiss Family Robinson and the film that changed his life and made him decide to become an actor was Nashville.

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Rickman took cello lessons for his part in the 1990 film Truly Madly Deeply, and while the right (bowing) hand was his, the left hand was that of a real cellist standing behind him with his arm through Rickman’s armpit.

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Rickman was in a relationship with his teenage sweetheart Rima Horton since 1965. After being in a relationship for forty-seven years they eventually got married in 2012.

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He didn’t have any children even though he stated he would have liked to have had a family. He decided against it because he wanted to respect his wife’s wish that they not have children.

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According to a 2012 interview he gave to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on the show StarTalk, Alan loved birds more than anything and was always fascinated by a flock of birds.

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