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7 Surprising Facts about Alan Rickman

Do you think that you know everything about Alan Rickman? I am sure that I do not. Since I sadly did not know him personally, my knowledge of him is restricted to interviews. That said, I think that there are many surprising facts that are out there about Alan Rickman that many people may not know or realize off-hand.

I am certain there was more wonder to this magnificent man, but since we may never know everything, here are some fun facts that we do know about him.

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  1. He was a graphic designer.Alan Rickman may have fallen in love with acting when he was a teenager, but he made the more sensible choice to pursue a career instead of acting. He went to school to become a graphic designer and worked both for the Notting Hill Herald as well as starting his own company. His older brother, David, is also a graphic designer.
  2. He was injured while filming his first day on the set of Die Hard. On the first day on set of filming with Bruce Willis, he tore the cartilage in his knee. He had not even shot one scene yet. He got his splint and returned to the set to carry on.
  3. He refused to watch his own movies. He said that he was concerned that he would overanalyze his work if he watched himself on-screen. So he did not get to witness all of his wonderfully amazing work that we all got to witness instead.Rickman-Radcliffe_510
  4. He had a wonderful friendship with Daniel Radcliffe. Radcliffe, well-known for his role as Harry Potter has express how wonderful Rickman was to him as a child and how their friendship flourished. Radcliffe has expressed the fact that Rickman never missed any of his stage performances, no matter where they were showing. Radcliffe also recounted a story where Rickman played a prank on him during the filming of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Rickman planted a fart machine near Radcliffe and had it go off when the camera came in for a close-up.
  5. He worked hard to help the poor. In spite of his memorable role as the greedy and devious Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Rickman was an active patron for the charity Saving Faces. He was also an honorary president for the International Performers’ Aid Trust, which is a group that works hard against world poverty. This is also fitting considering the poor and tough upbringing of Severus Snape.
  6. He married for the first time in 2012. Rickman met the great love of his life, Rima Horton, when he was 19 years old. The couple moved in together in 1977 and remained together until his death in 2016. The couple finally tied the knot after for many years in a private ceremony in New York City in 2012. The general public did not know of their marriage until Rickman confirmed it in 2015 during an interview.kartinka36
  7. His cancer was discovered due to a stroke. While most of us were completely blindsided by the fact that Rickman had terminal pancreatic cancer and it had taken his wonderful life away from us, the cancer was also a bit of a shock to him. In August 2015, Rickman suffered a minor stroke, which led to an extensive physical examination, and brought to light the pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, pancreatic cancer is one of the most-deadly forms of cancer for many reasons, one of which being that it is very difficult to diagnose because by the time someone shows symptoms of it, it is too late to successfully treat.

 

CHICHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Actor Alan Rickman at Goodwood racecourse on July 29, 2015 in Chichester, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Awards and Nominations for Alan’s Work

You don’t have the talent of Alan Rickman and not have some awards and nominations for all of your amazing work. While he may have gotten off to his acting career later than most people, it does not mean that he was not due for some excellent acknowledgments.

Let’s see if we can get a looks at all of the amazing awards that he had received during his impressive and quite memorable career.

Alliance of Women Film Journalists

2011    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: Best Supporting Actor: Nominated

BAFTA Awards

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1991    Truly, Madly, Deeply: BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominated

1991    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Won

1995    Sense and Sensibility: BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominated

1996    Michael Collins: BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association Award

2003    Love Actually Best Cast: Nominated

2007    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street   Best Cast: Nominated

Golden Globe Awards

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1996    Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film: Won

MTV Movie Awards

1991    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: MTV Movie Award for Best Villain: Nominated

2011    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: MTV World Cup Award for Favorite Harry Potter Character Portrayal: Won

People’s Choice Award

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2011    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: People’s Choice Award for Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast: Won

Primetime Emmy Awards

1996    Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie: Won

2004    Something the Lord Made: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie: Nominated

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

2002    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Best Acting Ensemble: Nominated

2004    Love Actually: Best Acting Ensemble: Nominated

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards

2011    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: Best Ensemble Performance: Won

Screen Actors Guild Awards

1995    Sense and Sensibility: SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominated

1996    Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny: SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie: Won

2013    The Butler: SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominated

Satellite Awards

1996    Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny: Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film: Won

1999    Dogma            : Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture: Nominated

2004    Something the Lord Made: Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film: Nominated

Saturn Awards

1991    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor: Nominated

1999    Galaxy Quest  Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor: Nominated

2007    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor: Nominated

2011    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor: Nominated

Scream Awards

2009    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Scream Award for Best Ensemble: Won

2011    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: Scream Award for Best Supporting Actor: Nominated

2011    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: Scream Award for Best Ensemble: Nominated

St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards

2011    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: Best Supporting Actor: Nominated

Tony Award

1987    Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play: Nominated

2002    Private Lives: Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play: Nominated

Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards

2011    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: Best Cast: Nominated

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Best Alan Rickman Movie Quotes

I will never be able to forget the sound of Alan Rickman’s voice. It is as smooth as butter and yes I will still use the present tense. He was a film actor and his voice will hold forever thanks to that. He could give you terrible news, threaten to kill you, or seduce the pants right off of you all with the same voice.

Because I am sure his voice is as impressed in your brain as it is in mine, let us review the lines that made his voice on parade. The lines that when you read them, they will come into your mind in his perfect voice.

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  1. “That’s it then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas.” —The Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  2. “There will be no foolish wand-waving or silly incantations in this class. As such, I don’t expect many of you to appreciate the subtle science and exact art that is potion-making. However, for those select few… I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses. I can tell you how to bottle fame, brew glory, and even put a stopper in death.” —Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  3. “I wanted this to be professional. Efficient, adult, cooperative, not a lot to ask. Alas, your Mr. Takagi did not see it that way, so he won’t be joining us for the rest of his life.” —Hans Gruber, Die Hard
  4. “You people. If there isn’t a movie about it, it’s not worth knowing, is it?” – Metatron, Dogma
  5. “By Grabthar’s hammer…what a savings.” —Sir Alexander Dane, Galaxy Quest
  6. Harry: Tell me, exactly, how long it is that you’ve been working here?

Sarah: Two years, seven months, three days and, I suppose, what… two hours?

Harry: And how long have you been in love with Karl, our enigmatic chief designer? —Harry, Love Actually

  1. Marvin: I’ve been communicating with the ship.

Ford: What did it say?

Marvin: It hates me. —Marvin the Paranoid Android, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxyalan-rickman-birthday-ftr

  1. “The air is full of spices.” —Colonel Brandon, Sense and Sensibility
  2. “Has it ever crossed your brilliant mind that I don’t want to do this anymore?” – Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  3. “’Wine is sunlight, held together by water.’ The poetic wisdom of the Italian physicist, philosopher, and stargazer, Galileo Galilei. It all begins with the soil, the vine, the grape. The smell of the vineyard – like inhaling birth. It awakens some ancestral, some primordial… anyway, some deeply imprinted, and probably subconscious place in my soul.” —Steven Spurrier, Bottle Shock
  4. “What a beautiful child. So young, so alive, so unaware of how precarious life can be. I had a very sad childhood, I’ll tell you about it sometime. I never knew my parents; it’s amazing I’m sane.” – Sheriff of Nottingham, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  5. “This time John Wayne does not walk off into the sunset with Grace Kelly.” – Hans Gruber, Die Hard
  6. Where’s the happy ending, Jason? ‘Never give up, never surrender?’” – Sir Alexander Dane, Galaxy Quest
  7. “Mister Potter. Our new…celebrity.” —Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stoneenhanced-5300-1452788904-16
  8. “Tell a person that you’re the Metatron and they stare at you blankly. Mention something out of a Charlton Heston movie and suddenly everybody is a theology scholar.” – Metatron, Dogma
  9. “I can’t help you if you don’t even know who you are.” – Blue Caterpillar, Alice in Wonderland
  10. “Give me an occupation, Miss Dashwood, or I shall run mad.” – Colonel Brandon, Sense and Sensibility
  11. “Always.” – Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

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Best Moments of Severus Snape

While Alan Rickman played many different roles throughout his film career, his last and perhaps most-memorable role was that of Severus Snape, our hero Harry Potter’s brooding teacher. It is not just the fact that there were so many Harry Potter films, but the fact that Rickman played the role so memorably.

Because the role is completely unforgettable for both book and movie fans of the series, it goes without saying that he had some pretty amazing memorable moments as Severus Snape. It would take me a long time to list them all, but here are the best of the best Snape moments, as portrayed by Alan Rickman.

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  1. “You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potion-making. As there is little foolish wand-waving here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses. . . I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, and even stopper death— if you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.”

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  1. “Ah, yes. Harry Potter. Our new — celebrity.”

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  1. “Then you will find yourself easy prey for the Dark Lord! Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked this easily — weak people, in other words — they stand no chance against his powers! He will penetrate your mind with absurd ease, Potter!”

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  1. “That is just as well, Potter,” said Snape coldly, “because you are neither special nor important, and it is not up to you to find out what the Dark Lord is saying to his Death Eaters.”

“No — that’s your job, isn’t it?” Harry shot at him…

“Yes, Potter,” he said, his eyes glinting. “That is my job.”

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  1. “Yes, it is easy to see that nearly six years of magical education have not been wasted on you, Potter. Ghosts are transparent.”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  1. “The Dark Arts are many, varied, ever-changing, and eternal. Fighting them is like fighting a many-headed monster, which, each time a neck is severed, sprouts a head even fiercer and cleverer than before. You are fighting that which is unfixed, mutating, indestructible.”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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  1. “You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? It was I who invented them – I, the Half-Blood Prince! And you’d turn my inventions on me, like your filthy father, would you? I don’t think so . . . no.”

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  1. “Kill me then,” panted Harry, who felt no fear at all, but only rage and contempt.

“Kill me like you killed him, you coward!”

“DON’T!” screamed Snape…“CALL ME COWARD!”

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  1. “Would you like me to do it now?” asked Snape, his voice heavy with irony. “Or would you like a few moments to compose an epitaph?”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

  1. “It’s real for us.”

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  1. ‘Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.

“After all this time?”

“Always,” said Snape.’

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Personally Personal: An Inside Glimpse of Alan’s Life

Alan Rickman was not a great man of mystery. His easy smile and wonderful personality was easily translatable from the screen, even when he played villains like Hans Gruber and Severus Snape. With his charming personality in real-life, and his perfect presences on the screen, let’s see if we can look at his wonderful personal life and who Alan Rickman really was.

Of course only his family will know who he really was, but given that you cannot find one bad word written about him anywhere, and we all know the internet is full of endless pools of people who have nothing good to report about anyone, we should have a good idea of how he really was.

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  1. He had one great love in his life. Just as Alan said about his own mother in reference to his father, Rickman had only one true love in his life. He met his beloved at the tender age of 19. They lived together started in 1975, tied the knot in secret in 2012 and remained with her until his untimely death in 2016. It is almost unheard of to find any celebrity who has been able to make romance work for so many years and to stick with the love of someone. Fame did not even bring their relationship apart. As his name became a household name, he stuck with his one and only. I think that says a lot about his integrity.
  2. He had a love for the Australian outback. He was once quoted as saying that the outback was the most beautiful place that he had ever seen, going so far as to say that “It’s a natural Versailles sitting in the desert.” Anyone who can find beauty in the desert is looking at more than just arid sand. He was taking in the entire scene, which left an impression on him that he was able to repeat to others when asked. Who else can you think of that would take the Australian outback over the golden French palace of Versailles? It takes a very special person to do that.
  3. Birds were a fascinating topic for him. For an actor who would intimidate any opponent while simultaneously seducing them, he had a love for birds. In an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson on the show StarTalk in 2012, Rickman said, “I’m fascinated watching a flock of birds. What’s going on there? How do they know they’re with more of them anyway?” Anyone who takes a moment to acknowledge nature around them is capable of much deeper thought than what is on the surface. This gives us a great insight into his ability to look at the world through fresh eyes, taking nothing for granted.Actor Alan Rickman poses for a photo before a special family fundraising evening hosted by J.K. Rowling in London, November 9, 2013.  REUTERS/Olivia Harris
  4. While he was into the dramatic arts when he was a teenager, it was the movie Nashville, not the horrible soap opera television show by the same name that really sealed the deal for him. The movie came out in 1975 and followed the political environment of the time, bringing together several people who may have otherwise not crossed paths. It is inspiring to see that genius actors can also be inspired to be successful from the most unexpected places.
  5. Alan Rickman did not have any children. Despite the fact that he said he would have loved to have had a family, he respected the wishes of his wife and partner to abstain from bringing any children into the world. His love of children has been reflected in his relationship with his costars in the Harry Potter series who have all said how fun he made the set to be and lightened up scary scenes.

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Top 10 Alan Rickman Movies

If you love Alan Rickman like I do, you will have a hard time choosing his best works. I mean really, are there any of his works that are poor? He really stepped into roles and made them memorable, often lifting the movies up from mediocre to exquisite all with the wonderfully velvet sound of his voice.

While these are my personal thoughts on what the best of his movies were, there are more than 10 great movies of his out there. For goodness sakes, the Harry Potter series alone is eight movies. That said, let’s review Alan Rickman’s best and most memorable performances.

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  1. Harry in Love Actually: Harry was a wonderfully memorable boss in Love Actually who was, unfortunately, also a lying, cheating husband. Regardless, it was his interaction with his employee Sarah in addition to his infidelity that put Harry on our maps. Rickman played him well, making him seem like a strange combination of caring boss, dedicated father, and unfaithful husband.
  2. Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: This movie is usually remembered for Johnny Depp, but Rickman’s role should not be left out. Turpin was the original evil of the movie, sending Todd off to jail for nothing in order to steal his wife from him, ultimately driving her to a terrible fate. Rickman’s version of Turpin is more relatable than other performers in the same role, though he is still entirely detestable.
  3. Jamie in Truly, Madly, Deeply: This is one of Rickman’s most forgotten performances where he plays a ghost who haunts his love left behind. It is somehow perfectly tragic and hilarious at the same time, making you think deeper about your love that you perhaps have ever before.
  4. Dr. Alfred Blalock in Something the Lord Made: While Mos Def’s character was the focus of this movie, it was Rickman’s supporting role that helped lift him up. Rickman’s Blablock was the perfect amount of prickly and divine.facebook_timeline__sense_and_sensibility_by_torri012-d56bfxa
  5. Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility: Brandon is the man that lovers of Jane Austen want to have as their husbands. Dutiful and kind, Brandon, as portrayed by Alan Rickman, was all the more trustworthy and someone that any early 19th century woman would have been happy to marry.
  6. Hans Gruber in Die Hard: Gruber was, of course, Rickman’s breakout role that put him on the film map. Gruber was an awesome villain and someone that Bruce Willis’s character really struggled to contend with. Rickman performed it so well that it seems that following this role, he was never without work.
  7. Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest: This is definitely one of my all-time favorite roles. Dane was both slighted and bitter, but Rickman made him mighty all the same at the same time that he was able to successfully judge his crew members around him.
  8. Metatron in Dogma: It was the Metatron’s wonderful role as the “voice of God” combined with Rickman’s own wonderful voice that made him memorable in Dogma. His role was wonderfully funny at the same time that it was brief.15-Sheriff-Nottingham
  9. The Sherriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves: This was the first movie I can remember seeing that had Alan Rickman in it. His Sherriff was both evil and sexy at the same time, making him all the more diabolical and an excellent villain.
  10. Severus Snape in Harry Potter movies 1 through 8: Snape was memorable in every Harry Potter movie, so you really cannot pull him out in one move. Snape was wonderfully villainous, but still managed to capture our hearts by the end. It was Rickman’s ability to portray Snape’s naturally brooding personality combined with his constant internal misery that was so perfected by Rickman on the screen.