Alan Rickman Cause Of Death; All You Need To Know

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Ever wondered what is the cause of the death of Alan Rickman? Are you as curious as I am?

Then stay glued as we delve into his life and talk about the cause of his death in this article;

Alan Rickman Biography

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director, born on February 21, 1946, in the Acton district of London.

His parents were Bernard William Rickman and Margaret Doreen Rose. Rickman had a mixed heritage that he frequently discussed because his mother was Welsh and his paternal grandmother was Irish.

Rickman was born with a special talent: a deep voice with a sluggish delivery. He was born with a tight jaw, which contributed to this in part.

Later on, he would make light of the vocal coach’s remark that he had a “spastic soft palate.” But as an actor, he would come to be known for this particular vocal style.

When Rickman was only eight years old, tragedy struck when his father went suddenly from cancer. As a result, his mother was largely on her own to raise him, his two brothers, David and Michael, and his sister, Sheila.

The family was relocated to an Acton estate close to Wormwood Scrubs Prison by the municipality. Margaret supported her children by working at the Post Office.

After discovering his love for acting as a teenager, Rickman decided to further his education at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.

He developed his abilities at RADA and afterwards joined the esteemed Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). Both in productions of classical and modern theatre, his talent shined through.

In the 1985 RSC theatrical version of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Rickman played the Vicomte de Valmont. The play received great reviews and was moved to the West End and Broadway in 1986 and 1987, respectively.

A Tony Award nomination for Rickman’s outstanding performance solidified his place among the best actors in Britain.

Then Rickman entered the realm of film, making his debut in Die Hard (1988) as German terrorist leader Hans Gruber. He gained worldwide notoriety for this performance, which demonstrated his talent for portraying terrifying villains.

With his depiction of the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), he continued to dazzle viewers and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

For his starring and supporting parts in films like Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991), An Awfully Big Adventure (1995), Sense and Sensibility (1995), and Michael Collins (1996), Rickman won praise from critics throughout his career.

In films like Dogma (1999), Galaxy Quest (1999), and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), he has displayed his comedic abilities.

However, Rickman’s depiction of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, which he played from 2001 to 2011, is what helped him gain the most notoriety.

Both fans and journalists unanimously praised him for his portrayal of the nuanced and intriguing character.

In addition to his work in films, Rickman also had a successful television career. He initially came to public recognition in 1978 as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, a production of Shakespeare produced by the BBC.

In the 1982 BBC adaptation of The Barchester Chronicles, he played Obadiah Slope, which was his first major acting role.

Later, he appeared in television films including Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny (1996), for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award, and Something the Lord Made (2004).

Rickman received accolades for his extraordinary talent and contributions to the entertainment business throughout his career. He was recognised as one of the top actors who had never been nominated for an Academy Award by The Guardian in 2009.

Despite this, his admirers and his fellow performers will never forget his performances.

Rickman’s life was tragically cut short on January 14, 2016, at the age of 69, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

His passing left a loss in the performing community, but his illustrious collection of work ensures that his legacy endures. With his fascinating voice and exceptional talent, Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman will always be regarded as one of the best performers of his generation.

Alan Rickman’s Cause Of Death

Alan Rickman died on 14 January 2016 after he battled with a minor stroke, which led to the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

The well-known actor passed away just some months before he celebrated his  70th birthday.

Alan Rickman’s Movies


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Die Hard Hans Gruber
1989 The January Man Ed
1990 Quigley Down Under Elliot Marston
1991 Truly, Madly, Deeply Jamie
1991 Closet Land Interrogator
1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Sheriff of Nottingham
1991 Close My Eyes Sinclair / Natalie’s husband
1992 Bob Roberts Lukas Hart III
1994 Mesmer Franz Anton Mesmer
1995 An Awfully Big Adventure P. L. O’Hara
1995 Sense and Sensibility Colonel Brandon
1996 Michael Collins Éamon de Valera
1997 The Winter Guest Man in street Uncredited; also director and co-writer
1998 Judas Kiss Detective David Friedman
1998 Dark Harbor David Weinberg
1999 Dogma Metatron
1999 Galaxy Quest Alexander Dane
2000 Help! I’m a Fish Joe Voice
2001 Blow Dry Phil Allen
2001 Play Man
2001 The Search for John Gissing John Gissing
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Severus Snape
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Severus Snape
2003 Love Actually Harry
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Severus Snape
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Severus Snape
2005 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Marvin the Paranoid Android Voice
2006 Snow Cake Alex Hughes
2006 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Richis
2007 Nobel Son Eli Michaelson
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Severus Snape
2007 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Judge Turpin
2008 Bottle Shock Steven Spurrier
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Severus Snape
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Severus Snape
2010 Alice in Wonderland Absolem The Caterpillar Voice
2010 The Wildest Dream Noel Odell Voice, Documentary
2011 Portraits in Dramatic Time Himself
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Severus Snape
2011 The Boy in the Bubble Narrator Voice, Short film
2012 Gambit Lord Shahbandar
2013 The Butler Ronald Reagan
2013 A Promise Karl Hoffmeister
2013 Dust Todd Short Film
2013 CBGB Hilly Kristal
2014 A Little Chaos King Louis XIV Also director and co-writer
2015 Eye in the Sky Lieutenant General Frank Benson
2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass Absolem The Caterpillar Voice, posthumous release


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Romeo and Juliet Tybalt BBC Television Shakespeare
1980 Thérèse Raquin Vidal 3 episodes
1980 Shelley Clive Episode: “Nowt So Queer”
1982 Busted Simon Television film
1982 Smiley’s People Mr Brownlow 1 episode
1982 The Barchester Chronicles Obadiah Slope 5 episodes
1985 Summer Season Croop Episode: “Pity in History”
1985 Girls on Top Dmitri / RADA 3 episodes
1989 Revolutionary Witness Jacques Roux Television short
1989 ScreenPlay Israel Yates Episode: “The Spirit of Man”
1993 Fallen Angels Dwight Billings Episode: “Murder, Obliquely”
1996 Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny Grigori Rasputin Television film
2000 Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings Captain George Fallon Sketch: Plots and Proposals
2002 King of the Hill King Philip Voice, Episode: “Joust Like a Woman”
2004 Something the Lord Made Dr. Alfred Blalock Television film
2010 The Song of Lunch He Television film

Video games

Year Title Voice
1997 The Space Bar My Parker / Ty Parker


Year Title Role Venue
1976 Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Birmingham Repertory Theatre
1976–1977 The Devil is an Ass Wittipol Birmingham Repertory Theatre
1978 Love’s Labour’s Lost Boyet Royal Shakespeare Company
1978 Captain Swing Farquarson Royal Shakespeare Company
1978 The Tempest Ferdinand Royal Shakespeare Company
1980 Commitments Unknown Royal Shakespeare Company
1981 The Seagull Mr. Aston The Royal Court Theatre
1983 The Grass Widow Dennis The Royal Court Theatre
1983 Bad Language Bob The Royal Court Theatre
1985 As You Like It Jaques Royal Shakespeare Company
1985 Troilus and Cressida Achilles Royal Shakespeare Company
1985 Les Liaisons Dangereuses Le Vicomte de Valmont Royal Shakespeare Company
1986 Les Liaisons Dangereuses Le Vicomte de Valmont Barbican Centre, London
1986 Mephisto Hendrik Hofgen Barbican Centre
1987 Les Liaisons Dangereuses Le Vicomte de Valmont Music Box Theatre, Broadway
1991 Tango at the End of Winter Sei Piccadilly Theatre, West End
1992 Hamlet Hamlet Riverside Studios, London
1995 The Winter Guest Director Almeida Theatre, West End
1998 Antony and Cleopatra Mark Antony Royal National Theatre, London
2001–2002 Private Lives Elyot Chase Richard Rodgers Theatre, Broadway
2006 My Name is Rachel Corrie Director and Editor Minetta Lane Theatre, Broadway
2008 Creditors Director Donmar Warehouse, London
2010–2011 John Gabriel Borkman John Gabriel Borkman Abbey Theatre, DublinBrooklyn Academy of Music
2011–2012 Seminar Leonard John Golden Theatre, Broadway




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