Happy Birthday Alan Rickman!

Mr. Rickman turns 64 today.

Thought I’d give a short tribute to him as he’s one of my favorite British actors. I first saw him as the captivating villain Hans Grubber in Die Hard, stealing scenes from action hero Bruce Willis. He also plays another memorable villainous role as the tyrannical Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, again nearly outshining the lead actor Kevin Costner. But he’s just as wonderful in his more tender roles, as the romantic ghost in Truly, Madly, Deeply (thanks to my ESL teacher who introduced me to that film) and of course my all-time favorite, as the noble Col. Brandon in Sense & Sensibility. How could Marianne fall for the young, impetuous Willoughby when she’s got such a regal man with silky, smooth voice like Christopher Brandon swooning over her?!

Just the way he looked at Marianne here practically melts the heart of every woman everywhere:

To prove his versatility, Rickman also shines in his comedic roles, most notably in the hilarious sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest. He’s also adept at singing in Sweeney Todd with Johnny Depp. Is it any wonder he’s chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#34) in 1995? We can see hear him next as the voice of Caterpillar in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

Here’s wishing for a lasting acting career for Mr. Rickman!

10 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Alan Rickman!

  1. Marc

    Never has a more talented thespian ever graced the screen in film history…well at least one who could do it dressed as an alien and still just sell the role as a serious performance.

    Happy Belated Birthday Dr. Lazarus:)

  2. @ Dreher Bear – It’s hard to pick my fave Alan Rickman role, but Hans Gruber definitely is in my top five! He’s definitely a villain we love to hate 🙂

    @ Marc – Galaxy Quest wouldn’t have been so awesome without him. I guess I have an affinity for classy Brits with smooth, silky voice (Rickman & Timothy Dalton) he..he..

    1. Amen, sister! He’s not like drop-dead gorgeous or anything, but there’s something about him that I find attractive. Of course the voice might have a lot to do with that.

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