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Alan Rickman

Lowest Rated:   8% CBGB (2013)
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Birthplace:   Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Although he made his name playing ruthless, genteel villains like Die Hard's Hans Gruber and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' Sheriff of Nottingham, Alan Rickman proved himself equally remarkable in romantic, comic, and good-guy dramatic roles. An actor of brooding charisma who intones his lines in a deep, milky baritone, Rickman began his career on-stage, building up a sizable résumé before embarking on a film career.Of Irish and Welsh parentage, Rickman was born in London's Hammersmith district on February 21, 1946. His father, who was a painter and decorator, died of cancer when the actor was eight, leaving behind Rickman, his mother, and three siblings. After winning a scholarship to West London's Latymer Upper School, Rickman began acting at the encouragement of his teachers. He also developed an interest in art, and he went on to study graphic design at the Royal College of Art. He founded a Soho-based design company, but after deciding that his heart was in acting, he abandoned the company when he was 26 to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He spent three years there, serving as a dresser to such actors as Ralph Richardson and Nigel Hawthorne. After leaving RADA, Rickman began to make his name on the stage, first appearing in repertory and then landing lead roles in London productions. He gained particular acclaim for his portrayal of Valmont in a West End production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, eventually reprising his role for the Broadway production and winning a Tony nomination.In 1988, Rickman got his first dose of big-screen recognition with Die Hard. After the film's huge success, and praise for his delightfully nasty portrayal of the film's villain, he went on to make a couple of poorly received features, including 1989's The January Man and 1990s Quigley Down Under. Success greeted him again in 1991: playing Kevin Costner's nemesis, the vile and loathsome Sheriff of Nottingham, in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Rickman proved to audiences why being bad could be so much fun. The same year, he endeared himself as a markedly more sympathetic character in Truly, Madly, Deeply. As a deceased cellist who reappears to comfort his lover (Juliet Stevenson), Rickman proved himself adept at romantic comedy, and began to accrue a reputation as a thinking woman's sex symbol (something he vocally resented).The actor spent the remainder of the decade turning in solid performances in a number of diverse films: he could be seen as an actor with a troubled past in An Awfully Big Adventure (1994), a very sympathetic Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility (1995), Eamon de Valera in Michael Collins (1996), a has-been sci-fi television star in Galaxy Quest (1999), and a grumpy angel in Dogma (1999). In 1997, Rickman branched out into directing, making his debut with The Winter Guest. Starring real-life mother and daughter Phyllida Law and Emma Thompson as an estranged mother and daughter, the film won a number of positive notices, further establishing Rickman as a man of impressive versatility, both in front of and behind the camera. Though Rickman's voice would be featured on the animated television series King of the Hill in 2003, he wasn't truly absorbed into mainstream pop-culture among the kid circuit until after starring in the movie adaptations of author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Rickman played the sinister Professor Snape in the films, one of the few post-pubescent constants in the franchise.In 2005, just months before the fourth installment in the Potter series, Rickman showed up in the first big-screen adaptation of another literary series with a rabid fan base, lending his voice to the character of Marvin the neurotic robot in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.He went on to appear in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, and in 2007 he played Judge Turpin in Tim Burton's adaptation of Sweeney Todd. E reteamed with the

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Blue Caterpillar
$77.1M 2016
95% Eye In The Sky
  • Lt. Gen. Frank Benson
$16.7M 2016
17% Gambit
  • Lionel Shabander
$0.7M 2016
45% A Little Chaos
  • Director
  • Louis XIV
  • Screenwriter
$0.6M 2015
13% A Promise
  • Karl Hoffmeister
2014
8% CBGB
  • Hilly Kristal
2013
71% Lee Daniels' The Butler
  • Ronald Reagan
$116.7M 2013
No Score Yet The Boy In The Bubble
  • Actor
2013
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  • Professor Severus Snape
$381.1M 2011
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
  • Professor Severus Snape
$295.0M 2010
No Score Yet The Song of Lunch
  • Actor
2010
76% The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest
  • Noel Odell
$0.9M 2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • Actor
2010
84% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Professor Severus Snape
$302.0M 2009
No Score Yet The Villa Golitsyn
  • Actor
2009
25% Nobel Son
  • Eli Michaelson
$0.4M 2008
48% Bottle Shock
  • Steven Spurrier
$4.0M 2008
86% Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Judge Turpin
$53.0M 2007
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Severus Snape
$292.0M 2007
58% Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
  • Antoine Richis
$2.2M 2006
65% Snow Cake
  • Alex Hughes
2006
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Professor Severus Snape
$290.0M 2005
60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Marvin
$51.1M 2005
No Score Yet Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Actor
2005
91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Severus Snape
$249.4M 2004
No Score Yet Something the Lord Made
  • Dr. Alfred Blalock
2004
100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Actor
2004
63% Love Actually
  • Harry
$59.4M 2003
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Prof. Snape
$261.9M 2002
80% Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • Prof. Severus Snape
$317.6M 2001
89% The Search for John Gissing
  • John Gissing
2001
No Score Yet Beckett on Film
  • Actor
2001
19% Blow Dry
  • Phil Allen
2001
No Score Yet Judge Not: In Defense of Dogma
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Help! I'm a Fish
  • Joe
2001
No Score Yet Hjælp, jeg er en fisk, (A Fish Tale), (Help! I'm a Fish)
  • Actor
2000
90% Galaxy Quest
  • Sir Alexander Dane/Dr. Lazarus
1999
No Score Yet Dark Harbor
  • David Weinberg
1999
67% Dogma
  • Metatron
1999
43% Judas Kiss
  • Det. David Friedman
1998
64% The Winter Guest
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1997
78% Michael Collins
  • Eamon De Valera
1996
No Score Yet Rasputin
  • Rasputin
1996
98% Sense and Sensibility
  • Col. Brandon
1995
33% An Awfully Big Adventure
  • P.L. O'Hara
1995
No Score Yet Mesmer
  • Franz Mesmer
1994
100% Bob Roberts
  • Lukas Hart, III
1992
50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • Sheriff of Nottingham
1991
44% Closet Land
  • Interrogator
1991
60% Close My Eyes
  • Sinclair
1991
72% Truly Madly Deeply
  • Jamie
1991
56% Quigley Down Under
  • Elliott Marston
1990
21% The January Man
  • Ed
1989
92% Die Hard
  • Hans Gruber
1988
No Score Yet Barchester Chronicles
  • Obediah Slope
1982
No Score Yet Therese Raquin
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Romeo & Juliet
  • Tybalt
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • He
  • 2011
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest

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