Alan Sydney Patrick Rickman was a British actor born on February 21, 1946 in West London, England. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1978 and earned Tony Award nomination for starring 1988’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses. In the same year, he came to popularity in the United States for his role as Hans Gruber in Die Hard. Other notable films include Harry Potter series and two of Tim Burton’s creations, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) and Alice in Wonderland (2010). In the biographical film Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny, Alan Rickman who played Rasputin won Golden Globe, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild Award. Alan Rickman died on January 14, 2016 from cancer.