As the intensely creepy Professor Severus Snape, he will get the opportunity to introduce a generation of children to the uncanny charisma that their elders have been enjoying for two decades. His confidence in his own abilities as an actor took a pounding last year, after the miserable experience of playing Antony at the Royal National Theatre. Rickman seemed so ill at ease in the role that he was often barely audible, and his trademark long hair seemed ludicrous on the head of a battle-scarred Roman war veteran. Success in the West End production of Coward's Private Lives has restored his self-belief.
The Rickman resumé is an inventory of fascinating monsters.
He met his lifetime partner Rima Horton in 1965 while in the amateur Group Court Drama Club.
At age 26, Rickman decided to apply to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
After graduating, he started a graphic design company, Graphiti, with some friends.
“I said to Jo Rowling, 'Look, I can't play him unless I know him.' She then gave me this elliptical piece of information that I didn't really understand at first.
It was information she hadn't told anyone else, not even her sister, but it gave me what I needed to take on Snape.”Born February 21, 1946, in West London, England, Alan Rickman showed an early penchant for the performing arts.
TIL the Michelin Man's 'real' name is Bibendum, and the reason he's white is because he was created before carbon was added as a preservative and a strengthener to the basic rubber material.
Before 1912, tyres were a gray-white or light and translucent-beige colour.
"We are married, just recently," Rickman told the publication. After the wedding in New York, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and ate lunch." Rickman and Horton met as teenagers in 1965 and moved in together in 1977.