English Actor Alan Rickman
Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage and on screen. His first big television part came in 1982, but his big break was as the Vicomte de Valmont in the stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.
After graduation, Rickman and several friends opened a graphic design studio called Graphiti, but after three years of successful business, he decided that he was going to pursue acting professionally. He wrote to request an audition with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, which he attended from 1972 until 1974.
Rickman was nominated for an Emmy for his work as Dr. Alfred Blalock in HBO's Something the Lord Made. He also starred in the independent film Snow Cake with Sigourney Weaver and Carrie-Anne Moss, and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. In 2009, Alan Rickman was awarded the James Joyce Award by University College Dublin's Literary and Historical Society.
In 2010, Rickman starred in the eponymous role in Henrik Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin alongside Lindsay Duncan and Fiona Shaw. The Irish Independent called Rickman's performance breathtaking. In August 2015, Rickman suffered a minor stroke, which led to the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Rickman was the godfather of fellow actor Tom Burke.