38 Facts About Alan Rickman

1. Alan Rickman ended up going to space anyhow, appearing in Galaxy Quest as an equally uptight starship crewman.

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2. Alan Rickman is seen playing the cello in 1990s Truly Madly Deeply, where he appears as the ghost of a dead cellist, but it's not really him playing the instrument.

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3. Alan Rickman was performing his own stunt, and was going to get dropped from a height of around 25 feet on the count of three—but director John McTiernan decided to drop him on the count of two instead.

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4. Alan Rickman was an active patron of the research foundation Saving Faces; and honorary president of the International Performers' Aid Trust, a charity that works to fight poverty amongst performing artists all over the world.

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5. Alan Rickman died of cancer on 14 January 2016 at the age of 69.

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6. Alan Rickman gained wider notice for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series.

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7. Alan Rickman was an English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage and on screen.

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8. Alan Rickman is friends with Emma Thompson, who is his frequent collaborator.

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9. Alan Rickman usually plays the villain in movies, this led to him being voted 46th best villain in movie history by the American Film Institute.

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10. Alan Rickman is certainly one of the greatest actors to have graced Hollywood.

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11. At the age of 69, Alan Rickman lost his battle with cancer and went on to a place of rest.

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12. Alan Rickman died from cancer on January 14, 2016, in London.

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13. Alan Rickman was tapped for his first Hollywood film role, as the impossibly evil terrorist Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988).

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14. Alan Rickman performed the unforgettably villainous role first in London and then on Broadway, earning a Tony Award nomination.

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15. Alan Rickman featured in several musical works, including a song composed by Adam Leonard entitled "Not Alan Rickman".

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16. Alan Rickman was elected to the Council of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1993; he was RADA's vice-chairman and a member of its Artistic Advisory and Training committees and Development Board.

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17. Alan Rickman befriended the Corrie family and earned their trust, and the show was warmly received.

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18. Alan Rickman provided the voice of Absolem the Caterpillar in Burton's film Alice in Wonderland.

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19. Alan Rickman wrote to request an audition with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, which he attended from 1972 until 1974.

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20. Alan Rickman was the son of Margaret Doreen Rose, a housewife, and Bernard William Rickman, a factory worker, house painter and decorator, and former World War II aircraft fitter.

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21. Alan Rickman leaves his fans and fellow activists heartbroken by his early death.

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22. Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman put a new spin on Christmas films with "Die Hard" in 1988.

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23. On 14 January 2016, Alan Rickman died in London at age 69.

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24. In August 2015, Alan Rickman suffered a minor stroke, which led to the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

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25. Alan Rickman was an active patron of the research foundation Saving Faces and honorary president of the International Performers' Aid Trust, a charity that works to fight poverty amongst performing artists all over the world.

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26. In 2015, Alan Rickman confirmed that they had married in a private ceremony in New York City in 2012.

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27. Alan Rickman was one of the many artists who recited Shakespearian sonnets on the album When Love Speaks, and featured prominently in a music video by Texas entitled "In Demand", which premiered on Europe MTV in August 2000.

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28. Alan Rickman was elected to the Council of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1993; he was subsequently RADA's vice-chairman and a member of its Artistic Advisory and Training committees and Development Board.

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29. Alan Rickman starred with Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz in Gambit by Michael Hoffman, a remake of the 1966 film.

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30. In November 2011, Alan Rickman opened in Seminar, a new play by Theresa Rebeck, at the John Golden Theatre on Broadway.

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31. Alan Rickman directed The Winter Guest at London's Almeida Theatre in 1995 and the film version of the same play, released in 1997, starring Emma Thompson and her real-life mother Phyllida Law.

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32. Alan Rickman appeared in Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings, a Christmas special with Victoria Wood, playing an aged colonel in the battle of Waterloo who is forced to break off his engagement to Honeysuckle Weeks' character.

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33. Alan Rickman was given the male lead, the Vicomte de Valmont, in the 1985 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Christopher Hampton's adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, directed by Howard Davies.

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34. Alan Rickman had two brothers, David and Michael, and a sister, Sheila.

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35. Alan Rickman died of pancreatic cancer on 14 January 2016 at age 69.

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36. Alan Rickman gained further notice for his film performances as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series.

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37. Alan Rickman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in modern and classical theatre productions.

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38. David Bowie and Alan Rickman became the latest names associated with the growing phenomenon.

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