'''Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman''' (21 February 1946– 14 January 2016) was an English actor and director, known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen. Rickman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in modern and classical theatre productions. His first big television part came in 1982, but his big break was as the Vicomte de Valmont in the stage production of ''Les Liaisons Dangereuses'' in 1985, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. He is known for having played Sir Alexander Dane in "Galaxy Quest" (1999), and for his recurring role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film franchise. He was also known for playing the villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988).
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