8 Things You Didn’t Know About Alan Rickman

  
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Alan Rickman was one of Britain’s most celebrated actors, who forever changed the expectations of an action movie villain after his performance as Hans Gruber in the first Die Hard. From his time as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company to his numerous outstanding and award-winning big-screen roles, it isn’t surprising everyone sings his praises. Saying goodbye to an icon is always hard, but after a battle with cancer and his death at 69 years old, Rickman will always be fondly remembered not only for his acting abilities but the man he was off-screen. Check out 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Alan Rickman.

8. Missed Roles

Alan Rickman mastered any role from theatre to television to film, and as such many producers and directors wanted Rickman as part of their projects. Like many other actors, Rickman often had to choose one role over the other and as it turns out he was originally cast as the voice of Lord Farquaad in the animated film Shrek, as even animated he would have made the perfect villain. Luckily he turned it down however to portray Snape in Harry Potter and was replaced by John Lithgow.

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7. Numerous Honors

Alan Rickman has won many awards for his acting including a BAFTA Awrd, Golden Globe, People’s Choice, Primetime Emmy, a SAG award and so many more; however he has been recognized in the media in many other ways. In 1995 he was ranked at No. 34 on Empire‘s 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History, and was once again chosen for the list in 2009 and 2010, ranking 8th both times. He has also been listed as on of the Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time and came in at 19 on Empire‘s Greatest Living Movie Stars Over the Age of 50.

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