Sunday, February 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Alan Rickman!

Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely adore Alan Rickman. Well today is his 64th birthday!

Nearly everyone has seen Die Hard and the Harry Potter movies (he played Hans Gruber and Professor Severus Snape, respectively), but if you're interested in checking out some of my favorite less popular movies here's a short list:

Galaxy Quest (Alexander Dane/Dr. Lazarus) - absolutely hysterical parody of sci-fi conventions

Something the Lord Made (Dr. Alfred Blalock) - true story about the first attempt at open heart surgery and the underlying racial tension

The Search for John Gissing (John Gissing) - Alan as a grumpy and devious, but likeable man about to lose his job (but not if he can help it); a real dark comedy

Snow Cake (Alex) - I spent years trying to track this movie down (it had a very limited DVD release in the U.S.); it's a sweet story about friendship and loneliness

And everyone be sure to go see Alan Rickman in theaters on March 5 when Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is released (he plays the Caterpillar).

Happy Birthday, Alan Rickman!


  1. This man is undeniably sexy. I love, love, love him in Sense and Sensibility. Swoon!

  2. Agreed - I was going to mention that one too but figured it was a given!

  3. ooh, I didn't know he was gonna be in Alice. How cool. And 64! Wowzers. I never would have guessed it.

  4. Always thought he was cute. Truly Madly Deeply is another good one. And he made a great Sheriff of Nottingham.

  5. I tried to post this before but I forgot about typing in the security words so it never appeared... Sorry I missed the celebration! I love his comedic side in "Galaxy Quest."