I “heart” Alan Rickman


Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (born 21 February 1946) is an English actor and theatre director. He is a renowned stage actor in modern and classical productions and a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Rickman is known for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, Eamon de Valera in Michael Collins, and Metatron in Dogma.

He is also known for his prominent roles as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1991 film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and as Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee‘s 1995 film Sense and Sensibility. More recently he played Judge Turpin in Tim Burton‘s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and voiced the Caterpillar in Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland. The Guardian named Rickman as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.[1]


So why do I HEART Alan Rickman? Two words Colonial Brandon from Sense and Sensibility. I found him funny in Robin-hood Prince of thieves and later vastly interesting as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies. But is was his role as the quiet unrequited colonial that got me. There is something about his voice that is just wonderful to listen to, which is why I am always pleasantly surprised to find in him in unusual places like Marvin the depressed robot in The hitch hikers guide to the galaxy and the caterpillar in Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

His ability to play such a wide range of roles and encompass so many different genera is impressive. Most actors cannot translate from the stage to the screen or vice verse but Alan Rickman is one of those rare finds. From comedy to drama, villain to hero I will bet on him any day of the week to steal a small roll and make himself the most memorable part.

So here’s to Alan, an under appreciated gem.

Movies He’s been in: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000614/

2010 The Song of Lunch (TV movie)
2010 The Wildest Dream
Noel Odell (voice)
2006 Snow Cake
2002 King of the Hill (TV series)
King Philip 

Joust Like a Woman (2002) … King Philip (voice)
2001 The Search for John Gissing
John Gissing
2001 Play (short)
2000 A Fish Tale
Joe (voice)
1997 The Winter Guest
Man in street (uncredited)
1996 Rasputin (TV movie)
Grigori Rasputin
1993 Fallen Angels (TV series)
Dwight Billings 

5 responses »

  1. I have been enjoying his quirky style since Die Hard and Quigley… all the way through the Harry Potters… There is just something about the way the British Theater trains up its actors that allows them the versitality to sand out whether on Stage,small screen or the great big one. Dame Judith Dentch is another along with Olivier and Richard Burton. Too bad the American film industry gave uo their ‘contract players’ and everyone became an independent contractor plyig their wears. There are few places where young actors can afford to learn/hone their craft before being asked to produce a block buster.

    There is just something special about a BBC ‘mini’ where each actor understand the importance of his/her role, whether it be a simple walk-through in a street scene or commandiong center stage…it is seamless and always delightful.

  2. Alan Rickman is one of my favorites as well. I love his droll humor and I also love his versatility! I’ve pretty much liked everything I’ve seen him in from Colonel Brandon to the alien saying, “By Grapthar’s Hammer…”

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