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Thursday, May 23, 2024

A tribute to Alan Rickman’s acting prowess

Google uploaded a doodle of Alan Rickman on Sunday to honor 36th anniversary of his Broadway tribute in Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

On Sunday, April 30th, 2023, the world remembered Alan Rickman, the British actor who rose to fame through his impeccable performances on stage and screen. It has been 36 years since Rickman made his debut on Broadway as Le Vicomte de Valmont in the production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and to honour his legacy, Google dedicated a Doodle to the late actor. 

Early Life and Education

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was born on February 21, 1946, in Hammersmith, London. He was the second of four children, and his father was a factory worker. Rickman attended Derwentwater Primary School and then Latymer Upper School, where he showed an interest in drama. After high school, Rickman decided to pursue a degree in Graphic Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design. However, he soon realised that his true passion was acting.

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Career Beginnings

After completing his studies, Rickman worked as a graphic designer for a few years before deciding to pursue an acting career. In the late 1970s, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he performed in several plays, including The Tempest, The Seagull, and Romeo and Juliet. In the early 1980s, Rickman began to appear in television shows and films, including Smiley’s People, Busted, and The Barchester Chronicles.

Breakthrough on Broadway

Rickman’s breakthrough moment came in 1980’s when he was cast as Le Vicomte de Valmont in a production of Les Liaisons on April 30th in 1987, where it ran for 149 performances. Rickman’s performance was critically acclaimed, and it earned him a Tony Award nomination. The success of the play opened up new opportunities for Rickman, and he soon became a sought-after actor in Hollywood.

Career in Hollywood

Alan Rickman’s first major Hollywood role was in the 1988 film Die Hard, where he played the villainous Hans Gruber. The film was a massive success, and Rickman’s performance was praised by critics and audiences alike. He then went on to star in several other Hollywood films, including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Sense and Sensibility, and Love Actually.

However, it was Rickman’s role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series that cemented his status as a Hollywood icon. Rickman played the character of Snape in all eight films, and his performance was widely praised. He brought depth and complexity to a character that could have easily been one-dimensional. Rickman was also known for playing screen villains, and his performance as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves earned him a BAFTA Award. He also played Judge Turpin in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, opposite Johnny Depp.


Alan Rickman passed away on January 14, 2016, at the age of 69, following a battle with cancer. His death was a shock to fans all over the world, who mourned the loss of a talented and beloved actor. However, his legacy lives on through his performances on stage and screen. Rickman was a versatile actor who could play both villainous and sympathetic characters with equal ease. He was known for his distinctive voice, which lent itself to dramatic roles. 

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Alan Rickman was a true icon of the entertainment industry, and his contributions to film, television, and theatre will be remembered for generations to come. The Google Doodle honouring Rickman’s career on the 36th anniversary of his Broadway debut is a fitting tribute to a man who touched so many lives with his performances. Alan Rickman may no longer be with us, but his legacy lives on, and his performances will continue to inspire and entertain audiences for years to come.