Interesting Facts About The life of Hollywood’s Favorite Villain, Alan Rickman
There are very few actors in Hollywood who can play a negative role as easily as the late Alan Rickman. He was charming, mysterious and effortlessly convincing. He was born to play villains and that’s why his first debut film was him playing the villain.
His life under the spotlight may not have been as long as all of us wanted but when he was there he made sure to shine so brightly that even in his absence we remember his light. Here are some really interesting facts about Alan Rickman that you may not have known.
1It began on stage
Alan Rickman began his acting career on Broadway. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London where he studied and perfected his craft. He got the lead role in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’. After the play hit theaters in the US in 1987, Rickman was nominated for a Tony for his incredible performance.
2Preference and young love
When Rickman was 10 he had a crush on a girl called Amanda and Rickman later said that it was love at first sight. After gaining fame for his role in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies, Rickman had once said that he preferred theater to movies and that was his first love when it came to acting.
3A graphic designer
Before turning to acting Rickman was a graphics designer. Most of his work involved magazine layouts and illustrations along with ads, album covers, and book jackets. He had said that he loved his experience in that line of work and that it taught him a lot about art. He soon left it as he wanted to be an actor.
Rickman belonged to a working-class background that wasn’t very rich. His mother was a housewife while his father was a working-class jack-of-all-trades. He saw his father change jobs easily as he went from being a house painter to a dock worker and during World War II his father worked as an aircraft fitter.
5Tragedy struck early
At the young age of eight tragedy struck the Rickman family. His father passed away from lung cancer and left his mother to look after all the children. Rickman had three siblings, one sister, and two brothers. His mother found it hard to make ends meet while working at the local Post Office.