Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (born 21 February 1946) is an English actor. Rickman is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in both modern and classical theatre productions. His breakout performance was as the Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman is well known for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, Éamon de Valera in Michael Collins, Metatron in Dogma, and Ronald Reagan in The Butler.
Rickman has also had a number of other notable film roles such as Jamie in Truly, Madly, Deeply, P.L. O’Hara in An Awfully Big Adventure and Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee’s 1995 film Sense and Sensibility. More recently, he played Judge Turpin in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In 1995, he was awarded the Golden Globe, Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Rasputin in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny.
1. ACTORS ARE AGENTS OF CHANGE. A FILM, A PIECE OF THEATER, A PIECE OF MUSIC, OR A BOOK CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IT CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.
2. ALL I WANT TO SEE FROM AN ACTOR IS THE INTENSITY AND ACCURACY OF THEIR LISTENING.
3. I’M STILL LIVING THE LIFE WHERE YOU GET HOME AND OPEN THE FRIDGE AND THERE’S HALF A POT OF YOGURT AND A HALF A CAN OF FLAT COCA-COLA.
4. MAVERICK IS A WORD WHICH APPEALS TO ME MORE THAN MISFIT. MAVERICK IS ACTIVE, MISFIT IS PASSIVE.
5. A LOT OF THE TIME I HATE THE THEATER. YOU THINK, ‘I HAVE TO CLIMB MOUNT EVEREST, AGAIN, TONIGHT.’ OH, THE THEATER IS A SCARY PLACE TO BE.
6. PARTS WIN PRIZES, NOT ACTORS.
7. I THINK EVERY ENGLISH ACTOR IS NERVOUS OF A NEWCASTLE ACCENT.
8. I DO TAKE MY WORK SERIOUSLY AND THE WAY TO DO THAT IS NOT TO TAKE YOURSELF TOO SERIOUSLY.
9. I MEAN, LANGUAGE FASCINATES ME ANYWAY, AND DIFFERENT WORDS HAVE DIFFERENT ENERGIES AND YOU CAN CHANGE THE WHOLE DRIVE OF A SENTENCE.
10. WHAT’S INTERESTING ABOUT THE PROCESS OF ACTING IS HOW OFTEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING.