Zachary Quinto Birthday June 2

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Zachary Quinto

Zachary John Quinto (born June 2, 1977) is an American actor known for playing Sylar on Heroes and Spock in the 2009 film Star Trek.

Quinto first appeared on television in the short-lived television series The Others, and appeared as a guest star on shows including CSI, Touched by an Angel, Charmed, Six Feet Under, Lizzie McGuire, and L.A. Dragnet. In 2003, he landed a recurring role on the Fox series 24, as computer expert Adam Kaufman. Quinto appeared in 23 episodes of the third season episodes of 24.

In 2006, Quinto played the role of Sasan, the haughty, gay Iranian-American best friend of Tori Spelling on her VH1 series So NoTORIous. Later that year, he joined the cast of NBC’s Heroes as Gabriel Gray, better known as the serial killer Sylar.

His casting as a young Spock in the J. J. Abrams-directed reboot of the Star Trek film franchise was officially announced at the 2007 Comic-Con. Speaking alongside Leonard Nimoy at a press conference to promote the new Star Trek film, Quinto revealed that Nimoy had been given casting approval over who would play the role of the young Spock. “For me Leonard’s involvement was only liberating, frankly,” says Quinto. “I knew that he had approval over the actor that would play young Spock, so when I got the role I knew from the beginning it was with his blessing.”

In a September 2008 interview, Star Trek director J. J. Abrams said of Quinto’s performance as Spock: “Zachary brought a gravity and an incredible sense of humor, which is a wonderful combination because Spock’s character is deceivingly complicated. The revelation for me watching the movie, when I finally got to watch the whole thing after working on sequences, was that he is extraordinary. He was doing things I didn’t even realize while we were shooting – these amazing things to track his story.”

Following Star Trek, he appeared in the comedy short Boutonniere (2009). It “…was a movie written and directed by my former landlady and friend [actress Coley Sohn]. She called up and said, ‘Would you do me a favor and be in my short film?'”

Quinto has joined with Corey Moosa and Neal Dodson to form Before the Door Pictures.The company is working on projects in film, television, new media, and the graphic novel arena. It announced a three-book publishing deal with comic book publisher Archaia at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con. The first project from the partnership is expected to be a 100-page graphic novel called Mr. Murder is Dead, created by writer Victor Quinaz. It will be followed by the comic book series LUCID: A Matthew Dee Adventure written by writer/actor Michael McMillian.

Quinto’s theatre experience includes roles in a variety of productions, including Much Ado About Nothing at the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival) and Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at the Old Globe. He has modeled for magazines including GQ

Trivia

Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999.

Zachary is the only person in history to appear on the cover of Entertainment Weekly two weeks in a row (issues 1017 & 1018). In issue 1020, the magazine published the fact that he is the only one to have that honor.

His father is of Italian descent and his mother is of Irish descent.

Sleepwalkers released April 10, 1992

sleepwalkers

Sleepwalkers (also known as Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers) is a 1992 American horror film based on an unpublished Stephen King novel and adapted by Mick Garris.

Trivia:

The house of the Sleepwalkers is the same one used in the TV series “The Waltons” (1972).


The actors who play Tanya’s mom and dad, Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward were also the mom and dad in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986); in real life they are married to each other.

 

Cameo: [Mark Hamill] One of the police officers who enters the house at the beginning.

Several different famous horror directors make cameo appearances in this movie:

Cameo: [John Landis] Lab technician.

Cameo: [Stephen King] The graveyard caretaker.

Cameo: [Joe Dante] Lab assistant.

Cameo: [Tobe Hooper] Forensic technician.

Cameo: [‘Clive Barker’] Forensic technician.

Based on an unpublished Stephen King story.

In the graveyard scene, one of the tombstones reads “Jenny Hicks”. Jenny Hicks was the assistant to the director of the movie.

Michael Rooker Birthday April 6

Michael Rooker

Michael Rooker

Michael Rooker (born April 6, 1955) is an American actor known for playing the title role in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

 

Michael Rooker

Michael Rooker

 

Trivia:

Studied Japanese martial art of Akido with Fumio Toyoda Shihan prior to establishing himself in Chicago theatre.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer was Michael Rooker’s first movie which was filmed in 1986 but was not released until years later.

 

Michael Rooker in Slither

Michael Rooker in Slither

 

He is a graduate of Chicago’s Goodman School of Drama

Ranked #17 on Tropopkin’s Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100]

He unofficially reprised his Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer role for the music video “All Wrapped Up” by heavy metal band American Head Charge.

Lives in Sunland, California.

Robbie Coltrane Birthday March 30

Robbie Coltrane

Robbie Coltrane

 

Robbie Coltrane, OBE (born 30 March 1950) is a Scottish actor, comedian and author. He is known both for his role as Dr Eddie “Fitz” Fitzgerald in the British TV series Cracker and as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.

Trivia:

Son born c. 1992; daughter born c. 1998

Graduated from the Glasgow School of Art where he majored in drawing, painting and film.

Has two children: Alice and Spencer.

Frequently plays giants and has to wear padding, lifts, and has to be shot from below, in such film as the “Harry Potter” series, where he played “Hagrid”, and in Van Helsing (2004), where he was generated into a computer to play a bear-sized “Mr. Hyde”.

Has appeared in eight films opposite a former member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. His cast mate in Nuns on the Run (1990) and European Vacation (1985) was Eric Idle. He appeared in The World Is Not Enough (1999), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), all of which also starred John Cleese. He also appeared in Billy Connolly: A BAFTA Tribute (2002) (TV), A Night of Comic Relief 2 (1989) (TV) and The Secret Policeman’s Biggest Ball (1989) (TV), all of which featured Michael Palin.

Only took the role of Hagrid in the Harry Potter series after his children urged him to do so.

He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2006 New Year’s Honours List for his services to drama.

Attended the world renowned Scottish boarding school, Glenalmond College, in Perthshire, Scotland.

Personally selected by J.K. Rowling as her favorite choice to play Hagrid.

Though he says he took his stage name from musician John Coltrane, his name is actually closer to that of John’s son, Ravi Coltrane.

Was the very first person to be cast in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001). In fact, he was selected for the role of Hagrid by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

Kelly LeBrock Birthday March 24

Kelly LeBrock

Kelly LeBrock

Kelly LeBrock (born 24 March 1960) is an actress, model, and 1980s sex symbol known for her acting debut in The Woman in Red, co-starring with comedian Gene Wilder, and the film Weird Science, directed by John Hughes.

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Kelly LeBrock in Weird-Science

Trivia:

Children with Steven Seagal: Annaliza, Dominick, and Arrisa

Pantene spokesmodel who said, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.”

Measurements: 34-24-34 (in 1982), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Wears size 8 shoes and size 8 dress.

Lives in Santa Ynez, California.

Ursula Andress Birthday March 19

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Ursula Andress

Ursula Andress (born March 19, 1936) is a Swiss actress and a major sex symbol of the 1960s.  She is known for her roles as Bond girl Honey Ryder in Dr. No, for which she won a Golden Globe, and as Vesper Lynd in the 1967 James Bond parody Casino Royale.

Trivia:

Lived with Harry Hamlin from 1978 to 1982, giving birth to their son Dimitri Hamlin in 1980.

Has lived together with Lorenzo Rispoli since 1983.

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#53) (1995).

Even after their divorce, Ursula and John Derek remained friends up until his death.

At one time there was actually talk of two former Mrs. Dereks (Ursula and Bo Derek) starring in a movie together, with Bo playing Ursula’s daughter.

Often referred to as the “definitive” Bond Girl, as her appearance in Dr. No (1962) made her the first in a long line of famous and not-so-famous actresses to add “Bond Girl” status to their resumes by appearing in the James Bond series of films.

She is the only actor to appear in a canon Bond movie (Dr. No (1962)), an unofficial Bond film (Casino Royale (1967)) and also appear as a character in a Bond novel (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service).

Fluent in English, French, Italian, German and Swiss-German.

Measurements: 35-21-35 as starlet in 1955; 37 1/2-22-35 on set of Dr. No (1962); 38C-25-36 on 55th birthday 1991 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

Her voice was dubbed in Dr. No (1962) because of her strong accent.

Her younger sister, Kàtey Andress, unsuccessfully attempted to start a modeling career.

Is portrayed by Heidi Klum in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004).

She had a very troubled relationship with James Dean. One tabloid reported at the time that Dean was learning German so they could “argue in another language”.

Celebrated her 70th birthday at the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh (18 May 2006).

Is Swiss German.

Friend of Bo Derek.

Ex-stepmother of Sean Catherine Derek.

Born to Rolf Andress, a German diplomat who had disappeared during World War II, and his Swiss wife, a gardener, she had four sisters and a brother.

Romantically linked to Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, Ryan O’Neal, Warren Beatty, Dean Martin and Fabio Testi.

Voted “Best Bond Girl of All Time” by the readers of British newspaper Daily Mail (February 2008).

Described her wedding to John Derek a nightmare, marrying him in a small Las Vegas chapel with a cab driver as their best man and a ring that didn’t fit.

Studied painting, sculpture and dance in Paris.

Grew up in Ostermundingen, a city in the district of Berne, like TV host Michelle Hunziker and Lauriane Gilliéron, a former Miss Switzerland, who both attended her 70th birthday party.

On the day of his death, James Dean asked her to go with him to San Francisco in his Porsche 550 Spyder, but after talking to John Derek, he realized that she felt in love with the latter, so he left Los Angeles without her (30 September 1955).

Was the original choice for the role of Sophie in Sophie’s Choice (1982) but Meryl Streep, who went on to win a Best Actress Oscar for her performance, was cast instead.

Peter Berg Birthday March 11

 

Peter Berg

Peter Berg


Peter Berg (born March 11, 1964) is an American actor, film director, producer and writer. He is known for directing films such as Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, The Rundown and Hancock. As an actor he is best known for his role as Dr. Billy Kronk on the CBS medical drama Chicago Hope.

Trivia:

Worked as a dock worker in San Pedro, California prior to getting his “big break”.

Attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Worked as Domino’s delivery boy while at Macalaster.

Peter grew up in Chappaqua, New York and attended a private high school in Watertown, Connecticut.

Cousin of Buzz Bissinger

Appeared in local theater productions while attending college in Minnesota.

Moved to Los Angeles in 1985.

Attended the Guthrie Theater Drama School, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He and three others were ambushed and robbed in the Brazilian jungle while doing research for The Rundown (2003). They were held for 15 minutes and lost cash and a laptop computer. Nobody was injured.

His best friend, and room mate from Macalester College, is his agent, Ari Emanuel, inspiration for _”Entourage” (2004)_’s Ari Gold.

One of 115 people invited to join AMPAS in 2007.

Guest-starred in a two part “Alias” (2001), episode where he played Jennifer Garner’s ex-boyfriend. Based on this experience, he decided to cast and direct her in The Kingdom (2007).

His mother co-founded a youth group named Catalog for Giving and worked at a psychiatric hospital when Berg and his younger sister Mary were growing up.

Guest Speaker at Macalester College Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2008.

Visited Saudi Arabia for two weeks in research for The Kingdom (2007).

Has a son, Emmett Berg (born in November 1999), with ex-wife Elizabeth Rogers.

Jessica Biel Birthday March 3

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Jessica Biel

Jessica Claire Biel (born March 3, 1982)is an American actress and former model, who has appeared in several Hollywood films, including Summer Catch, the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Illusionist, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and Valentine’s Day. She is also known for her television role as Mary Camden in the long-running family-drama series 7th Heaven.

Trivia:

Has a brother named Justin.

Discovered at the 1994 IMTA Los Angeles convention.

Has hazel eyes and brown hair.

Collects vintage glasses with no lenses.

Audtioned for a role in American Beauty (1999).

Amateur photographer.

Is of German, French, English and Native American (Choctaw) heritage.

Attended Tufts University for three semesters.

Was voted in at #30 in FHM’s Sexiest Girls of 2002 poll, American edition, up from #82 the previous year. [June 2002]

Is 14 months younger than Beverley Mitchell, but still plays her big sister on “7th Heaven” (1996).

Formerly a vegetarian.

Was the first choice to play Abbey Chase in the television adaptation of the comic book “Danger Girl”. Unfortunately, the project fell through.

Ranked #98 on VH1’s 100 Hottest Hotties.

Ranked #99 in Stuff magazine’s “102 Sexiest Women In The World” (2002).

Her last name rhymes with “Deal.”

Was voted “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire magazine in 2005.

Named #18 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.

Has played the role of girlfriend/ex-girlfriend of real-life boyfriend Chris Evans twice by now (January 2006): once in Cellular (2004) and again in London (2005/I).

Named #21 in FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005” special supplement. (2005)

Split up with Chris Evans, her boyfriend of 2 years. [June 2006]

Studied acting with Ivana Chubbuck.

Named #16 in FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006” supplement. (2006).

Won an acting scholarship to the Young Actor’s Space at 11 years old.

Ranked #5 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.

The day after she was born, her parents took her to a dog-sled race where the temperature was thirty degrees below zero.

Her father ran an Outward Bound school and worked as an international business consultant.

Accompanied boyfriend Justin Timberlake on his European Tour in 2007.

Once wanted to become a musical star after winning a karaoke contest when she was aged eight.

Daughter of Kimberly (Kim) Biel (née Conroe) and Jonathan Edward Biel, an entrepreneur.

Was named Empire Magazine’s #16 in the list of 100 Sexiest Stars 2007.

Her first acting job was in a Pringles commercial when she was 11 years old.

Best friends with “7th Heaven” (1996) co-star Beverley Mitchell.

Was cast in A Woman of No Importance (2011) after Lindsay Lohan dropped out, but later had to drop out herself due to scheduling conflicts.

Agreed to return for the season 10 finale of “7th Heaven” (1996) (originally the series finale before the show got picked up by the CW) after Brenda Hampton begged her to. The episode had already been shot but Hampton was determined to have Biel back for one last time. Jessica filmed her brief scenes during a break from filming Next (2007).

Ranked #3 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.

Was in a relationship with actor Chris Evans. [2001-2006]

Named a Global Brand Ambassador for Revlon [May 4, 2009].

She was a bridesmaid at her friend, Beverley Mitchell,’s wedding to Michael Cameron in October, 2008. Their on-screen sister, Mackenzie Rosman, was also a bridesmaid.

Emily Blunt Birthday February 23

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt (born 23 February 1983) is an English actress known for her work in My Summer of Love, The Young Victoria and The Devil Wears Prada. She won the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film for the BBC TV film Gideon’s Daughter.

Trivia:

Bought a $2.2 million new house in Vancouver where she lived with her boyfriend at the time, pop singer Michael Bublé.

Co-star Meryl Streep has praised Blunt as the best young actress she’s worked with in some time, perhaps ever.

Named Best Female Scene-Stealer for her performance in The Devil Wears Prada (2006) by Entertainment Weekly.

She was told to lose weight for her role as Emily in The Devil Wears Prada (2006). She revealed this in a 2006 interview with Craig Ferguson. Co-star Anne Hathaway tells a similar story, and reports that she and Emily were always hungry on-set due to being kept on strict diets to maintain the rail-thin “super-model” look.

For her breakout performance in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Emily convinced David Frankel that her character should be British rather than American. Emily also improvised many of her lines and told interviewers that she based the character on people she’s met, but would never want to associate with.

In 2004, Emily shared the prestigious Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer with Natalie Press.

Acting and adopting new accents helped her to overcome a debilitating speech impediment at age 12.

Admits she and her The Devil Wears Prada (2006) co-star Stanley Tucci competed to see who could be more over-the-top in their scenes. Tucci admits his young co-star won “hands down”.

At the 2002 Chichester Festival, Emily earned rave reviews playing Juliet in a production of Romeo and Juliet.

Favourite actresses are: Cate Blanchett, Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman.

Made her theatrical debut alongside Dame Judi Dench in The Royal Family. She had only six months of formal acting training before gaining the role of Gwen.

Susan Sarandon asked her to audition for the role of Mara in Irresistible (2006) after seeing My Summer of Love (2004).

Upon filming their first scene together for The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Meryl Streep laughed that Blunt should be given the film carbon copy, rather than steal the movie.

She is not related to singer James Blunt.

She is the great-niece of actor and retired Major-General Tony Richardson.

Grew up in Roehampton, London.

The new face of Max Mara add campaign (2007).

Her ex-boyfriend Michael Bublé’s wrote the hit single “Everything” for her. She is also on his album “Call Me Irresponsible”, where she sings briefly at the end of the song “Me and Mrs. Jones”.

Was named as one of Screen International’s “Stars of Tomorrow” alongside James McAvoy, Noel Clarke, Michelle Ryan and Rupert Friend.

Attended the 2008 Park City – Kari Feinstein Sundance Style Lounge.

Broke up with longtime boyfriend Michael Bublé in July 2008. They had been together since 2005.

Best friends with actress Anne Hathaway. Emily refers to Anne as “her rock”.

Announced her engagement to actor John Krasinski on August 28, 2009. They have been together since November 2008.

Is a strong alto singer.

Is a grade 8 cellist.

Alan Rickman Birthday February 21


Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (born 21 February 1946) is a British actor and theatre director born in England. Rickman is known for his performances in film as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series. He is a renowned stage actor in modern and classical productions and a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is also known for his prominent roles as the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1991 blockbuster film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves; as Colonel Brandon in the Oscar-winning 1995 Sense and Sensibility and, more recently, Judge Turpin in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The Guardian named Rickman as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.

Trivia:

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#34). [1995]

Ranked #59 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. [October 1997]

Has been in a relationship with Rima Horton since 1965. The pair share a home in London. Rima Horton has retired from her lecturing position, and lost her seat on the council she worked for in the local elections of May 2006.

Although a highly successful film actor, he has frequently passed up film offers to return to the theater. (A place and activity which he calls “magical” and his “first love”.)

Nominated for Tony award as Best Actor for Broadway revival of “Private Lives”, May 2002.

Was given the role of Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) only after Tim Roth backed out.

He became well-known to the American public with his performance as Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988).

Before becoming an actor, he studied graphic design at Chelsea College Of Art And Design and at the Royal College Of Art, forming a successful graphic design company, Graphiti, with several friends.

Named Best Stage Actor for his part in the acclaimed revival of the Noel Coward play Private Lives at The Variety Club Show business Awards 2002.

Father died when he was 8 years-old.

Is the second of four children in his family. He has an older brother, a younger brother and a younger sister.

While filming Die Hard (1988), was found proficient at mimicking American accents; a scene in which Hans Gruber and John McClane finally meet was then added to the script.

Made Vice-Chairman of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 2003.

When he was a child, he had a speech disability: his lower jaw was very tight, causing his words to be indistinctive and muffled. He still has a slight speech impediment, it is the tight lower jaw which gives him his distinctive drawl.

Was offered the role of Leonardo Leonardo in the 2000 cartoon based on Kevin Smith’s film Clerks. (1994). Originally, the character was modeled after Hans Gruber, but the design was changed upon Rickman’s request. The studio decided not to go with Rickman, and the role went to Alec Baldwin.

He was nominated for a 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor of 2001 for his performance in “Private Lives” at the Albery Theatre, London.

He was nominated for a 2001 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in Private Lives at the Albery Theatre.

For the shot where Hans Gruber falls from the top of the building in Die Hard (1988), was actually dropped by a stuntman from a 20-foot high model onto an air bag. To get a genuine surprised look, the stunt man dropped him on the count of two instead of three.

In Die Hard (1988), he is seen firing a gun only twice (in the atrium when Gruber realizes Holly is John’s wife and the “shoot the glass” scene), due to his uncontrollable habit of flinching when the gun recoiled. In that scene he blinks just before the camera cuts.

Was voted #19 in Empire Magazine’s Greatest Living Movie Stars over the age of 50.

Was active in raising funds for the Labour Party.

Was twice nominated for Broadway’s Tony Award as Best Actor (Play): in 1987 for “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”, and in 2002 for a revival of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives”.

Two of the Harry Potter films (so far) also feature Warwick Davis as Professor Flitwick. In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Rickman and Warwick Davis play the same part. Warwick Davis wore the robotic suit for Marvin, while Rickman provides the voice.

His portrayal of Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988) earned him a spot on the American Film Institute’s list of the “100 Best Heroes/Villains” as the 46th best villain in film history.

Is good friends with Adrienne Clarkson, Canada’s former Governor General. Rickman visited Adrienne Clarkson’s Ottawa, Ontario home in May 2005.

Says Canada is like a second home.

Failed his California driving test at one point for “driving too cautiously through a green light”

Was twice nominated for an Laurence Olivier Award as Best Actor (Play): in 1987 for “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” and in 2002 for a revival of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives”.

Good friend of ‘Sharman MacDonald’.

He is 11 years older than Timothy Spall, 12 years older than Adrian Rawlins and Gary Oldman, 17 years older than David Thewlis, and 21 years older than Geraldine Somerville. Nevertheless, the character that the six of them play in the Harry Potter films are meant to be contemporaries and former classmates.

Was J.K. Rowling’s personal favorite to play “Severus Snape”.

Auditioned for Chris Barrie’s character “Rimmer” in “Red Dwarf” (1988).

Godfather of Tom Burke.

Was Richard Curtis’s choice to play Charles in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). Curtis was very hesitant in casting Hugh Grant as he had so wanted Rickman.

Read the script of Snow Cake (2006) and suggested Sigourney Weaver for the role of Linda, having worked with her on Galaxy Quest (1999). He even telephoned Weaver, and told her she had to read the script, as there was a role he felt she could play perfectly in it.

Angela Pell stated at the Berlinale Press Conference, that she wrote the role of Snow Cake (2006)’s Alex Hughes with him in mind. The character’s name in the script was “Alan”, and it was Rickman who suggested the change to Alex.

The script of Galaxy Quest (1999) originally contained a mention of Alexander Dane having been knighted by Queen Elizabeth. He asked that this be changed because he believed it was inconsistent with the character, and all mentions of the knighting were removed. However, the character is still listed in the credits as “Sir Alexander Dane”.

For Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), he turned down the role of the Sheriff twice before he was told he could more or less have carte-blanche with his interpretation of the character.

Had cello lessons for his part in Truly Madly Deeply (1990), and while he handles the right (bowing) hand, the left hand is provided by a real cellist standing behind him with his arm through Alan Rickman’s armpit.

For his death plunge down the side of the skyscraper in Die Hard (1988), he actually dropped 20 feet onto an airbag against a green screen. Director John McTiernan had to jump first to convince Rickman to do it.

Chosen by Empire Magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#83). [2007].

Was best man at the wedding of Dexter Fletcher and Dalia Ibelhauptaite.

Shared a house with Ruby Wax in London in the early 80s.

Featured twice in Times Online’s “The 50 Best Movie Villains” chart: had the 41st position for his role as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and the 10th as Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988).

Not long after Alan Rickman started to play Severus Snape in the first Potter movie (released in 2001), J.K. Rowling told Rickman some character secrets about Snape that would not be otherwise revealed until the last book. Most significantly, for over seven years, Rickman was one of the very few people other than Rowling to know (years ahead of the last book’s publication) that Snape had been in love with Lily Evans (later Potter) when they were students at Hogwarts, and both Snape’s protection of and antagonism toward Harry came from that. Rowling said that she shared this information with Rickman because “he needed to understand, I think, and does completely understand and did completely understand where this bitterness towards this boy, who’s living proof of [Lily’s] preference for another man, came from”.

Voted #8 on Empire Online’s list of 50 Sexiest Movie Men. 52% of readers voted that he should have been higher on the list. [Oct 2009].

Attended the funeral of Natasha Richardson.

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