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Alan Rickman turns 67 today!
Born in Hammersmith, England, Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was born into a middle class family.
The actor, who gained his worldwide fame as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series, initially worked his way to be a graphic designer, however, after a 3-year success in the field, Rickman changed his mind to concentrate on professional acting.
The British actor auditioned for a place in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and was awarded a place there. He studied Shakespeare's work and supported himself by working as a dresser for Nigel Hawthorne and Ralph Richardson. He won several awards while in the school, including the Emile Littler Prize, Forbes Robertson Prize, and Bancroft Gold Medal.
After graduating from RADA, he worked extensively with theater groups, such as Royal Shakespeare Company and Royal Court Theater, and appeared in numerous plays. Some of them included Romeo and Juliet, A View from the Bridge, and As You Like it.
Despite all these, his breakthrough performance was Les Liaisons Dangereuses, in which he earned a Tony Award.
The actor, who was noted as one of the 100 sexiest stars, according to Empire Magazine, then appeared in several other movies, such as Die Hard, Robin Hood Price of Thieves, where he garnered a BAFTA Award, Harry Potter as the famous Professor Severus Snape, and Dogma.
Rickman garnered his Golden Globe Award, Emmy Award, and SAG Award, from his critically acclaimed portrayal of Rasputin in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny.
Other acclaimed movies he played in were Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Love Actually. He once lent his voice for movie The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Alan Rickman met his girlfriend, Rima Horton, a former Labour Party councillor, at the age of 19 and began living together at the age of 31.
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