Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (born February 21, 1946) is an acclaimed, award-winning English film, television and stage actor.
Rickman was born in Hammersmith, London to a working-class family. His father, Bernard Rickman, was an Irish Catholic factory worker, and his mother, Margaret Doreen Rose (née Bartlett), was a Methodist Welsh homemaker. His father died when Rickman was eight, leaving his mother to raise their four children mostly alone. She married again, but divorced his stepfather after three years. "There was one love in her life." After graduating from Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith, Rickman attended Chelsea College of Art and made his way as a graphic artist in Soho. He received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) which he attended from 1972–1974. While there, he won the Emile Littler Prize, the Forbes Robertson Prize, and the Bancroft Gold Medal. Since then, he has been a constant presence on the British stage.
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, based on the novel Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling, will be the sixth film in the fantasy adventure Harry Potter films series. Production is in planning stages. David Yates, the director of the fifth film, will return as director for this film. David Heyman, the film's producer, along with David Barron, has said that Steve Kloves, though he didn't write the fifth movie, will return as screenwriter for this film. The film is scheduled for a U.S. and UK release on 21 November 2008.Before David Yates was officially chosen to direct the film, many others had been offered the job, and previous directors had expressed an interest in returning. Director of the first and second films Chris Columbus said he would return as director if, and only if, the actors he originally cast as the trio (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson) were not replaced for this film. Subsequent reports confirmed these three actors' returns,...
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 2007 film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical of the same name. The film stars Johnny Depp in the title role, in his sixth collaboration with director Tim Burton. The film is scheduled for a nation-wide release on December 21,2007.Sweeney Todd (Johnny Depp) returns to London after having escaped a wrongful imprisonment, only to find that his wife and child have suffered at the hands of Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman), the very man who imprisoned him. With the help of his former landlady, Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter), Sweeney Todd launches a plan for vengeance that initially targets the individuals responsible for his misfortunes, but ultimately draws all society in his sights.
In August 2006, DreamWorks announced that Tim Burton had taken over direction for the film, and Johnny Depp was cast as Todd.Filming began on February 5, 2007 at Pinewood Studios, but was interrupted due to Depp's daughter falling ill; filming resumed...,
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy adventure film, based on the novel of the same name, by J. K. Rowling. Directed by David Yates, it is the fifth film in the popular Harry Potter film series. The story follows Harry Potter entering his fifth year at the magic school Hogwarts. The Ministry of Magic is denying the return of Lord Voldemort and also appoints a new teacher, Dolores Umbridge, a bureaucrat who slowly becomes an authoritarian figure in the school.
The screenplay was written by Michael Goldenberg, who replaced Steve Kloves, writer of the first four films. Live action filming started in February 2006 and finished in the end of November, and post-production on the film continued for several months afterwards.Warner Bros., the distributor of the film, scheduled a UK release date of 12 July 2007, and a U.S. release date of 11 July 2007, both in conventional and IMAX theatres.It was a critical and commercial success, and was acclaimed by the author,...
Nobel Son is a 2007 drama about a dysfunctional family. The father, played by Alan Rickman, wins the Nobel Prize. Eliza Dushku plays an insane asylum escapee. Other actors include Danny DeVito, Bill Pullman, Mary Steenburgen, Shawn Hatosy, Bryan Greenberg, Ted Danson, and Tracey Walter.
Barkley Michaelson is in a deep life rut. He's struggling to finish his PhD thesis when his father, the learned Eli Michaelson, wins the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Barkley and his mother, Sarah, a renowned forensic psychiatrist, now have the ill-fortune of living with a man-eating monster whose philandering ways have gotten less and less discreet. As if Barkley's world is not bad enough, on the eve of his father receiving the Nobel, Barkley is kidnapped and the requested ransom is the $2,000,000 in Nobel prize money. Needless to say, Eli refuses to pay it and so starts a venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge. In the words of Michel De Montaigne, the 16th century...,
Snow Cake is a 2006 independent drama film directed by Marc Evans and starring Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Hampshire, and Callum Keith Rennie. It was released on September 8, 2006 in the UK.
Filmed in Wawa, Ontario, Snow Cake is a drama about the friendship between Linda, an autistic woman (Weaver), and Alex (Rickman) who is traumatized after a car accident involving Linda's daughter (Hampshire).
The movie was screened and discussed at Autism Cymru 2nd international conference in May 2006 as well as the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, among others. It was the opening night screening for the Berlin Film Festival as well.When Vivienne Freeman (Emily Hampshire) gets a ride from ex-convict Alex Hughes (Alan Rickman), she is killed by a truck crashing into the car. Everybody agrees that it is not Alex's fault. He visits the victim's mother Linda (Sigourney...,
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is a 2006 German film directed by Tom Tykwer based on the novel Perfume by Patrick Süskind.
The story revolves around Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, whose incomparable sense of smell and inexplicable lack of a personal scent isolates him from society. Obsessed with the rich sensory world he alone inhabits, his single objective in life becomes the preservation of the perfect scent: the skin of young, beautiful women.
Grenouille is an orphan growing up in 18th century Paris. From the moment he is born, a scene which delivers a rapid series of focused visuals of objects (rotting meat, manure, dead fish, maggots squirming in carrion and disposed meat scraps, etc) in a squalid, public open-air meat market that all allude to a scent that would be, to any average human nose, extremely unsavory and repellant, and to the newly-born infant Jean-Baptiste, possessed as he is of extraordinary olfactory capability, surely shocking and most likely a lasting impression on...
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy adventure film and the fourth in the popular Harry Potter films series. It is based on the novel by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.It was directed by Mike Newell and was released on November 18, 2005 (see 2005 in film). It is rated PG-13 for sustained sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images in the United States, 12A in cinemas and 12 on DVD in the United Kingdom and M in Australia, but elsewhere (e.g. Scandinavia) 11 for both cinema and DVD.The film concerns Harry Potter's fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hogwarts has been selected to hold the recently returning wizard competition known as the Triwizard Tournament. Though Harry does not apply, the Goblet of Fire mysteriously selects him as a second representative of Hogwarts in the tournament.Three days after its release, the film had grossed over US$102 million at the North American box office, the highest first-weekend...
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a science fiction comedy film based on the book of the same name by Douglas Adams. Shooting was completed in August 2004 and the movie was released on April 28, 2005 in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and on the following day in the USA. It was rolled out to cinemas worldwide during May, June, July, August and September.The screenplay was begun by Adams, and completed by Garth Jennings and Karey Kirkpatrick after Adams's death in 2001.The movie begins with the narrator (voiced by Stephen Fry) explaining that dolphins, the second most-intelligent mammals on Earth (humans being the third), have been trying to warn mankind about the impending destruction of Earth. Their backflips and swimming patterns, according to the Guide, are their way of communicating with humans. Considering their mission a failure, the dolphins decide to leave after singing the song So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.One morning, waking to the sound of bulldozers...,
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy adventure film, based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, it was the third film in the popular Harry Potter films series. It stars Daniel Radcliffe as the teenage wizard Harry Potter, and Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Gary Oldman and David Thewlis joined the cast as the new characters Sirius Black and Remus Lupin, whilst Michael Gambon took over from the late Richard Harris in the role of Albus Dumbledore. Much of the original crew also returned, including screenwriter Steve Kloves.It was nominated for two Academy Awards; Academy Award for Original Music Score and Academy Award for Visual Effects but won neither.Harry, Ron and Hermione enter their third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The film opens with Harry again staying at the Dursleys for summer break. Uncle Vernon's sister Marge visits, and viciously...
Love Actually is a romantic comedy first released in cinemas in October and November 2003. The film was the directorial debut of successful English screen-writer Richard Curtis and features an ensemble cast of predominantly British actors.The film's British premiere took place in Leicester Square in London on 16 November 2003. There, Curtis described his film as a "roaring rampage of romance" – a reference to the Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill Vol. 1 released around the same time, which had been referred to as "a roaring rampage of revenge". Among the more general themes of unrequited love and conflicted loyalties, more specific themes include amorous desires for employees and for American women.In response to critics, Curtis said at the premiere, "I'd rather make a film that most of the audience liked and some critics didn't, than a film that critics loved and nobody wanted to watch."As of July 2005, Love Actually had achieved a US gross box office of over $59 million and a world...,
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second fantasy adventure film in the popular Harry Potter films series, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The film was released on November 15, 2002 and was directed by returning director, Chris Columbus. The screenplay was adapted by returning screenwriter, Steven Kloves.Most of the major cast and crew from Philosopher's Stone (also known as Sorcerer's Stone) returned for Chamber of Secrets, including child stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint and director Chris Columbus. However, it was the last appearance by Richard Harris as Dumbledore and currently the last Harry Potter film directed by Columbus. New key actors included Kenneth Branagh as Lockhart and Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy. It remains the only film in the franchise that has not been nominated for an Academy Award.The film was very well received at the box office, having one of the largest opening weekend grosses of...
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, known in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, is a 2001 fantasy/adventure film based on the novel of the same name by J.K. Rowling. Directed by Chris Columbus, it is the first in the popular Harry Potter films series. It stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, a boy who discovers he is a wizard on his eleventh birthday. It also features Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, respectively. The adult cast features Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman and Ian Hart.
Warner Bros. bought the film rights to the book in 1999. Production began in 2000, with Columbus being chosen from a short list of directors to create the film. Rowling insisted that the entire cast be British, in keeping with the cultural integrity of the book and the movie. Rowling also approved the screenplay, written by Steve Kloves. The film was primarily made at Leavesden Film Studios,...
Blow Dry is a comedy film released in 2001. The film was directed by Paddy Breathnach and written by Simon Beaufoy.
The films was released in US cinemas on 7 March 2001, in the UK on 30 March 2001 and in other countries between May 2001 and May 2002.
Help! I'm a Fish (Danish: ''Hjælp, jeg er en fisk'') (a.k.a. A Fish Tale) is a Danish animated feature film originally released in late 2000, and produced by Denmark's well-renowned A. Film studios. It was directed by Stefan Fjeldmark and Michael Hegner.
The movie follows three children--a skateboarding mischief-maker named Fly; his sweet sister, Stella; and a young genetics scientist, Chuck--who discover an eccentric professor's secret formula that, once drunk out of, can turn anyone into a fish. The three, now stuck in the sea, must find its reverse within 48 hours, or else they forever stay that way themselves.
An English-language version of the film, with Alan Rickman (Joe the Fish) and Terry Jones (the Professor) as voices, premiered at the beginning of April 2005 on the Latin American version of the Cartoon Network. It was available earlier in the UK.
Danish teen-pop girl-group, Little Trees performed the title track, "Help! I'm a Fish (I'm A Little Yellow Fish)", which was...,
Dogma is a 1999 comedy film, written and directed by Kevin Smith, who stars in the film along with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Alan Rickman, Bud Cort, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, George Carlin, Janeane Garofalo, and Alanis Morissette.
Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson, the stars of Smith's debut film Clerks, have cameo roles, as do Smith regulars Scott Mosier, Dwight Ewell, Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson.
The film is a satire of the Catholic Church and Catholic belief, which caused organized protests and much controversy in many countries, delaying release of the film and leading to at least three death threats against Smith.Aside from some scenes filmed on the New Jersey shore, most of the film was shot in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay as well as a Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America honor for Best Screenplay.
This film was rated R by the MPAA “for strong language...,
Galaxy Quest is a 1999 film written by Robert Gordon and David Howard and directed by Dean Parisot, starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell and Tony Shalhoub.
The movie is about the washed-up stars of a fictional 1978–1982 TV series called Galaxy Quest (a parody of the original Star Trek series that also includes elements of Star Trek: The Next Generation). On the show, the actors played the crew of a spaceship, the NSEA Protector.
Between 1978 and 1982, the adventures of the crew of the NSEA Protector were viewed by enthusiastic television audiences of the series Galaxy Quest. Eighteen years later, the stars of the show have been reduced to convention appearances and store grand-openings. Most are variously resentful, embittered, or resigned. The only cast member who derives any sort of pleasure from the adoration of the doting fans is Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen), the egomaniacal star and "commander" of the crew, who laps up their continuing...,
Judas Kiss is an American crime thriller motion picture released in 1998, which was notable at the time for the strong involvement of women in the production of the film. It was directed by Sebastian Gutierrez, produced by Elaine Dysinger and Carla Gugino (who also co-starred in the film) and the screenplay was by Deanna Fuller and Sebastian Gutierrez.Coco Chavez (Carla Gugino) and Junior Armstrong (Simon Denny-Baker) are two small-time criminals who attempt to break into the big time by kidnapping a computer whiz and holding him for a $4 million ransom. To help them, they enlist Lizard (Gil Bellows) and a hard man, Ruben Rubenbauer (Til Schweiger) to help them. However, during the kidnapping, they accidentally kill the young wife of a Louisiana Senator (played by Hal Holbrook). Pursuing them are FBI agent Sadie Hawkins (Emma Thompson) and New Orleans Detective David Friedman (Alan Rickman) who have issues of their own. As the plot unfolds, it appears that the murder may not have been...,
Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny is a biographical 1996 TV film about Rasputin.
Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny won a Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for TV. Alan Rickman, starring as Rasputin, won an Emmy (along with Greta Scacchi) and a Golden Globe for his work in this movie. Ian McKellen won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, and was nominated an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor.
Michael Collins a 1996 biopic about Michael Collins, the Irish patriot and revolutionary who died in the Irish Civil War. Liam Neeson stars as the title character. Also starring are Aidan Quinn (as Harry Boland), Stephen Rea (as Ned Broy), Alan Rickman (as Eamon de Valera), Julia Roberts (as Kitty Kiernan), Ian Hart and Charles Dance. It was scripted and directed by Neil Jordan. The soundtrack was written by Elliot Goldenthal. The film was an international co-production between companies in Ireland, the UK and the USA.In Ireland, the film was extremely successful, becoming the second most successful movie in Irish box-office history and the most successful Irish-made film of all time. The film received generally positive reviews, but was criticized for its historical inaccuracies.With a budget estimated at between $35 to $40 million, receiving 10% to 12% of its budget from the Irish Film Board, the film was one of the most expensive films ever...,
Sense and Sensibility is a 1995 film adaptation of the 1811 novel of the same name by Jane Austen. The screenplay was adapted by Emma Thompson and directed by Ang Lee. It was filmed at several locations in Devon: at Saltram House, the village church in Berry Pomeroy, Compton Castle, Mothecombe and the cobbled streets of Plymouth's Barbican.The adaptation is relatively faithful to the novel, although some changes are made.
Sense and Sensibility won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Thompson won the 1996 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as the 1996 Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay. The film was also nominated for the following Academy Awards:
Bob Roberts is a 1992 film directed and written by Tim Robbins. It is a satirical mockumentary on the rise of a right-wing candidate for the United States Senate. The main character, Bob Roberts, played by Robbins, leaves his hippie parents to enroll in a military academy. Bob is well financed, due mostly to his dubious business dealings in the past and is well known from his music, which proposes a conservative vision in a rebel's persona, which was described early on in the film by a local TV presenter as “deviant brilliance; a work of machiavellian art”. The film centers around his bid for the position of Senator from Pennsylvania. The film portrays the U.S. political process in a less-than-favorable light, suggesting that shady deals, hypocrisy and deceit are mainstays of U.S. politics.Bob Roberts is based on a short segment of the same name and character that Robbins did for the television sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live on December 13, 1986, and is the first film in...,
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is a 1991 adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The original music score was composed, orchestrated and conducted by Michael Kamen. The film was marketed with the tagline "For the good of all men, and the love of one woman, he fought to uphold justice by breaking the law."
Kevin Costner heads the cast list as Robin Hood. The film also stars Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Maid Marian, Morgan Freeman as Azeem, Christian Slater as Will Scarlet and Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner), an English nobleman, joins King Richard the Lionheart and other Christians in the Third Crusade. During the crusade, Robin is captured and jailed in a dungeon. With his execution inevitable, Robin engineers an escape and saves the life of a Moor, Azeem (Morgan Freeman). Robin makes the long journey back to England with Azeem, who claims he must accompany Robin until the debt of saving his life is repaid.
In England, the pair find...,
Truly, Madly, Deeply is a British romance film, made in 1991 for the BBC's Screen One series. It was written and directed by Anthony Minghella and stars Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman, both up-and-coming stars at the time of its making. Minghella has said he wrote the script specifically as "a vehicle for [Stevenson] to express all her talents. She plays piano, likes dancing and has a quirky side to her which she usually can't express in the classical parts she is asked for".The title comes from a verbal word game played by the main characters in which they challenge each other to take turns repeating and adding to a series of adverbs describing how much they love each other.Nina, an interpreter, is beside herself with grief at the recent death of her boyfriend, Jamie, a cellist. When it appears that she is no longer able to cope with life, Jamie reappears as a "ghost" and the couple – in Nina's imagination anyway – are reconciled. Nina is of course ecstatic, but Jamie's behaviour
Closet Land is a 1991 independent film directed by Radha Bharadwaj. It stars Alan Rickman as a sadistic, ruthless interrogator and Madeleine Stowe as a young author of children's books. She is taken from her home in the middle of the night, accused of embedding anarchistic messages into her particular book entitled: Closet Land. The book is a story about a child who, as a result of bad behaviour, has been locked in a closet as punishment. While in there, the child is greeted by a group of childhood ally archetypes who innocently attempt to comfort the scared little girl. The seemingly simple content is questioned by the government, which accuses the author of encouraging and introducing anarchism among its audience of naïve children. Whilst the interrogator is obstinate in his belief that the author is guilty of hidden propaganda, the audience is convinced of the victim's innocence. The audience later learns that the novel was actually created as a form of escapism, providing a coping...,
The January Man is a 1989 film, directed by Pat O'Connor. Oscar-winner John Patrick Shanley penned this awkward mix of comedy and a murder mystery. It stars Kevin Kline as Nick Starkey, smart ex-New York City police detective who is lured back into service by his police commissioner brother (Harvey Keitel) when a serial killer terrorizes the city. Nick becomes involved with the mayor's daughter (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) and is aided in his investigation by one of his neighbors, an eccentric artist played Alan Rickman.
It is New Year's Eve, 1988. A wealthy socialite by the name of Alison Hawkins has returned from the New Year's Eve festivities, drunk. As she feeds her fish before she knocks off for the night, a blue ribbon is thrown around her throat and she is strangled to death. This is the latest in a series of murders by a killer only known as The January Man. He's been terrorizing New York for the past eleven months, and the mayor is fed up with the police's ineffectual...,
Die Hard is a Hollywood action film released in 1988. It was written by Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza, stars Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Alan Rickman, Reginald VelJohnson, and William Atherton, and was directed by John McTiernan. A huge critical and commercial success, Die Hard propelled Willis' film career and established Rickman as a popular portrayer of villains in American film.
The movie is based on a 1979 novel by Roderick Thorp titled Nothing Lasts Forever, itself a sequel to the book The Detective, which was previously made into a 1968 movie starring Frank Sinatra.
John McClane, a detective with the NYPD, arrives in Los Angeles to attend a Christmas reunion with his estranged wife Holly. He is taken by limousine driver Argyle from Los Angeles International Airport to her workplace, the highrise Nakatomi Plaza. Joining the Nakatomi Christmas party, McClane finally finds Holly and they immediately get into an argument over her use of her maiden name Gennaro. Holly leaves...,
Alan Rickman was born