Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016) was an English actor and director, born in Hammersmith, London.
His first big television role came in 1982, but his big break was as the Vicomte de Valmont in the Royal Sakespeare Company stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. After the production transferred to Broadway he was nominated for a Tony Award.
Rickman’s first big screen role was as the German terrorist Hans Gruber in Die Hard. He also appeared as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role); Elliott Marston in Quigley Down Under; Jamie in Truly, Madly, Deeply; P.L. O’Hara in An Awfully Big Adventure; Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility; Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest; Harry in Love Actually; Marvin the Paranoid Android in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; and Judge Turpin in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Alan Rickman’s most famous role is Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series.