Alan Rickman 33 members · 1 stories

Inspired by the groups dedicated to Robin Williams, Tony Jay, and Christopher Lee, this group has been made as a dedication to legendary British actor, Alan Rickman.

In his early career, he started out like any actor would. Taking on Drama classes, before heading on into the theatre business.

His big break, however, came in 1988 when he made his film debut as Hans Gruber, the main antagonist of an R-rated action film called “Die Hard”. He appeared in the film after one of the producers saw a performance of his in Broadway, and after the film was released, he received immediate recognition and praise for his portrayal. He would later go on to receive further fame and praise for his villain work in the PG-13 films “Quigley Down Under (1990)” and “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)”, the latter in which many have claimed, in terms of acting, he hands-down outmatched the title character performer, Kevin Costner.

Avoiding typecasting, he went on to star in good guy roles on several comedies and dramas, such as “Galaxy Quest (1999)”, “Sense and Sensibility (1995)”, “Truly, Madly, Deeply” (1991)”, “Bottle Shock (2008), and “Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996)”, where he played the title character of the same name. But, his most distinguished, complex, and international of roles comes from playing Professor Serverus Snape in the “Harry Potter” franchise, where he received praise by many for his work as the character, and was even a close friend of the author of the books.

Among many other notable things about Rickman...was his voice. As actress Helen Mirren commented, his voice "could suggest honey or a hidden stiletto blade.” He never took on too many voice roles in his career, but there have been a few.

The biggest voice works of his that completely stand out from the others comes from that of Absolem the Caterpillar in “Alice in Wonderland (2010)” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)”, where he was able to completely own every moment of those two films and stand out despite his character’s minority; his other, comes from that of the recently recognized “A Fish Tale (or Help! I’m a Fish) (2000)”, where he once again plays the villain by portraying Joe the Pilot Fish, in his only role in an animated film. He also showed off his surprisingly incredible singing-chops in a music sequence for the character, as you can see by this soundtrack version with a cover of Snape.

Now, however, he is no longer on this planet. Having died of pancreatic cancer on January 14, 2016, this group is made for all who are fans of him, as well as to honor him and the fact that he’s done so many magnificent works, as well as wonderfully impacted the lives of so many people with his surprising kindness and generosity.

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I joined because I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. His role as Professor Severus Snape was amazing.

He didn't play villains - he played really interesting people. I just wish that list had included Sherlock Holmes on film because dude, he would've owned that role.

Ha, never knew you'd mention Help I'm a Fish, truly underrated 😋

Yes he did. I saw him as Rasputin. He threw everything into that performance.

His voice truly was so distinct. He gave such an excellent charisma to his performances.

I fell in love with him when he performed in Robin Hood and Harry Potter. I really loved him in "Truly, Madly, Deeply". He had the absolute sexiest voice imaginable.:raritystarry:

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