Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director. Known for his languid tone and delivery, Rickman’s signature sound was the result of a speech impediment when he could not move his lower jaw properly as a child. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He died of pancreatic cancer on 14 January 2016 at age 69.
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Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director. Known for his languid tone and delivery, Rickman’s signature sound was the result of a speech impediment when he could not move his lower jaw properly as a child. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His first cinematic role was as the German terrorist leader Hans Gruber in Die Hard. He also appeared as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, for which he received the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. His final film roles were as Lieutenant General Frank Benson in the thriller Eye in the Sky, and reprising his role as the voice of the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland in Alice Through the Looking Glass. Rickman died of pancreatic cancer on 14 January 2016 at age 69. He was the son of a Welsh mother, Margaret Doreen Rose, a housewife, and Bernard William Rickman, a factory worker, house painter and decorator, and former Second World War aircraft fitter. His father was Catholic and his mother was a Methodist. He had two brothers, David and Michael, and a sister, Sheila. He made his television acting debut playing Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet as part of the BBC’s Shakespeare series. He later starred in television films, playing the title character in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny, which won him a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and Dr.
Alfred Blalock in Something the Lord Made. His training allowed him to work as a graphic designer for the Royal College of Art’s in-house magazine, ARK, and the Notting Hill Herald, which he considered a more stable occupation than acting. After graduation he opened a graphic design studio called Graphiti, but after three years of successful business he decided he was going to pursue acting professionally. In 1978 he performed with the Royal Court, gaining three roles at the Edinburgh International Festival and gaining three times at the Festival of Edinburgh. While at RADA, he worked extensively with British repertory and experimental theatre groups including Chekhov’s The Seagull’s Grass and Snoo Wilson’s The Widow’s Grass. He said that his first crush was at 10 years old on a girl named Amanda at his school’s sports day, and that he had a crush on Rima Horton at age 19, when he was 18. He died of Pancreatic cancer in January 2016, aged 69, after a long battle with the disease. He is survived by his wife, Rima, and their three children, David, Michael and Sheila, who were all born in the 1960s and ’70s. His funeral was held at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, where he had previously played a role in a production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. His last role was in the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, in which he played Judge Turpin.