The Incredible And Unknown Life Of The Late Great Alan Rickman You Did Not Know About

He stole the spotlight as ‘Hans Gruber’ in ‘Die Hard’ then again as the ‘sheriff of Nottingham’ in ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’. He kept showing up in impressive roles before stealing our hearts again as the mysterious ‘Severus Snape’ in all of the ‘Harry Potter’ movies. He made an incredible legacy for himself but he was quite a quiet person. There are many facts about this man’s life that not many people know about.

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Here are some interesting facts about the life of one of Hollywood’s most legendary actor, Alan Rickman.

1He was born to Irish and Welsh parents

Alan was born on February 21st, 1946 in Hammersmith, London. His mother was Welsh named Margaret Doreen Rose and his father was Irish named Bernard William Rickman. His father was a factory worker, house painter, decorator, and former World War II aircraft fitter. His father was Catholic and his mother was a Methodist.

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2There were many rules he followed while growing up

When Alan was growing up there were many rules in his household as his parents were very conservative people. One of the rules that shaped Alan was the rule of silence. His parents wanted their children to be as silent as possible. This shaped his calm demeanor and quiet lifestyle.

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3His siblings and childhood was rough

Alan was not an only child and had 2 brothers named David and Michael, and a sister Sheila. His father passed away when Alan was only 8 years old due to lung cancer and it was left to his mother to raise the children by herself. It was very hard for the mother to raise the children all on her own so the boys decided to work and earn for the family.

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4His childhood passion

As a child, his passion was calligraphy and watercolor painting which he loved doing in his free time. He even spent time learning the arts. His training allowed him to work as a graphic designer for the Royal College of Art’s in-house magazine. He considered being a graphic designer as it was a more stable profession.

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5He and his friends opened a studio

After completing his graduation, Alan and many of his close friends opened a graphic designing studio called ‘Graphiti’. The studio ran well for three long years and was a success. But, after three years Alan decided to give his other passion a try which was acting. He wanted to pursue acting professionally from that point on.

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