->''"As far as I'm concerned, I'm not playing 'the villain.' I'm just playing somebody who wants certain things in life, has made certain choices, and goes after them."''
-->-- on playing amoral mass-murdering corporate thief [[Film/DieHard Hans Gruber]]

->''"[[Literature/HarryPotter After all this time?]]"''

For someone who didn't play villains, he was very, very good at it.

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (February 21, 1946 January 14, 2016) was an English actor and director, known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, often as a complex antagonist. After doing the standard English Man In Hollywood origin full of Creator/WilliamShakespeare, theatre and single episode spots on the television, he managed to move over to the USA by serving his revenge cold as the Vicomte de Valmont (a very interesting man with some questionable morals) in ''[[Literature/DangerousLiaisons Les Liaisons Dangereuses]]'' on Broadway. He also starred in ''Film/TrulyMadlyDeeply'', a cultured version of ''Film/{{Ghost}}''. Then his first big screen role was the lovable MagnificentBastard Hans Gruber in ''Film/DieHard'', who set up a BatmanGambit in order to steal 600 million dollars in negotiable bearer bonds. He had to kill a few people to get the money, which was certainly not very nice, but he did so with memorable {{Bond One Liner}}s, and personally ad-libbed the infamous, "Mr. Takagi did not see it that way... so he won't be joining us for the rest of his life." To this day, Hans is still regarded as one of the greatest villains in movie history.

There is also [[LargeHam the pantomime villain]] Sheriff of Nottingham in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'', who proved to be a better thief than that Costner fellow by stealing every scene he was in. Deliciously villainous and by far the most interesting character in the movie.

Also, while Severus Snape in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films is meant to be a [[JerkassWoobie sympathetic bastard with a not-so-happy past]], for some reason people kept feeling sorry for him, instead seeing Rickman's Snape [[TheWoobie as a normal guy who just needed a hug]] -- as well as feeling [[DracoInLeatherPants a few other things]].

He also played Eliot Marston in ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder'', as well as Judge Turpin in the 2007 Creator/TimBurton film version of ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''. Regardless of these roles, there were plenty of clearly not villainous, still very interesting roles that he had performed.

He played, of all things, a painter named Ed in the 1989 ''The January Man''. He starred as the title hypnotist in a 1994 biopic ''Mesmer'' about pioneering hypnotist Franz Anton Mesmer. He played Colonel Brandon in the 1995 film adaptation of ''Film/SenseAndSensibility''. He was the Metatron, the angel people are really speaking to when they claim to speak to God[[note]]Or they're just talking to themselves[[/note]], in ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' (being on fire in his first on-screen appearance is certainly interesting), a role which he took after being a fan of Creator/KevinSmith's ''Chasing Amy'' but which he took with one strict condition: don't change anything in the script. In 1999 he starred in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', where he played a Shakespearean actor slumming it in sci-fi. In 2003, he appeared in ''Film/LoveActually'' playing a caring yet utterly deadpan office boss who may or may not have had an affair with his assistant. He was the voice of Marvin in the 2005 film version of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. He also played UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan in ''[[Film/TheButler Lee Daniels' The Butler]]''.

Further, Rickman [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw6Swr-ME40 recited poetry.]] ''[[InsistentTerminology Very interesting]]'' poetry. And he made [[http://io9.com/5935919/alan-rickman-is-awesome-even-when-hes-making-tea-in-extreme-slow+motion tea]] in a ''very interesting'' way.

He also helped compile the one-woman play ''My Name Is Rachel Corrie'' out of the letters, emails, and journals of the title character. He directed two films, ''The Winter Guest'' and ''A Little Chaos''.

A classic anecdote told by John Sessions on ''Series/{{QI}}'', as seen [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc3OyvbJkj4&t=2m13s here]] described Alan's view on his roles.

The world expressed collective sorrow to learn of Rickman's passing from pancreatic cancer, at the age of 69, on January 14, 2016.
!!Mr. Rickman provided ''very interesting'' examples of:
* BadassBaritone: One of the reasons he was consistently chosen for villain roles was his deep voice.
* ChronicallyKilledActor: A part of being a villain is that you're probably going to be dead by movie's end.
* ClassicallyTrainedExtra: His character in ''Film/GalaxyQuest''. Averted in real life as he seemed to very much enjoy being action villains and snarky wizards.
* DramaticPause: Was... a... big... ''fan''. To the point J.K. Rowling admitted writing Severus Snape's dialogue in the later ''Potter'' books with Rickman's...''cadence'' in mind.
** Exemplified in his portrayal of Severus Snape in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallowsPart2''.
-->"E... *beat* ...qually... guilty."
* TheDreaded: In an amusing and unintentional way, he was this for Jason Mewes during the filming of Dogma. When Mewes was informed by Kevin Smith that he was going to have to be on point throughout the filming because this movie was going to have experienced and well-respected actors and ''Alan Rickman was one of them,'' Mewes took the filming so seriously that he not only memorized his lines, but everyone else's lines as well.
-->'''Mewes:''' I don't want to piss off that Rickman dude.
* EvilBrit: Another reason he was often cast as a villain, he played the EvilBrit trope exceedingly well.
* EvilSoundsDeep: See BadassBaritone above.
* LargeHam: In addition to being [[RunningGag very interesting people]], his roles also frequently tended to be this.
->''"[[Tearjerker/HarryPotter Always]]"''