Name: Alan Sydney Patrick Rickman
Born: February 21, 1946
Occupation: Actor, director
Alan Rickman was born and raised in Hammersmith, London. His mother stayed at home to care for the children and his father worked in a factory. The family often had to pinch pennies to make ends meet. However, they had lots of fun being creative and coming up with new ways to entertain themselves. As a child, he loved watercolors and calligraphy. He continued to perfect these skills as he got older, and after school he got a job as a graphic designer.
While he was always very involved with drama throughout school, his family didn’t think it was a sensible career to pursue. His father died when he was still a child and his mother did her best to provide for four children with the help of their stepfather. She wanted her children to have sensible careers so they would always have income.
Rickman created a graphic design business with a couple of friends that did very well. However, he simply wasn’t happy with it. When he was in his mid 20s he decided it was time to put his passion of acting to the test. Many of the productions that Rickman took part in were done through the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1982 he got his first TV appearance. The role that most people will recognize Rickman in is Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films.
There is no denying that Rickman has a very impressive portfolio of roles. However, he was listed in 2010 as one of the best actors to never be nominated for an Academy Award. He has won many other awards though including a Golden Globe, Emmy, and Actors Guild. He has been nominated twice for the Tony Award.
So how much is $16 million dollars really?
The fascination with Hogwarts is very high and so many students would love to get an education like that! Rickman could buy a school like that and operate it with his money. While magic can’t be bought, he sure could have fun offering a very good atmosphere and memories. The money would be enough to get it all started for roughly the first 10 years and after that tuition could be paid to keep it going. What an adventure it would be!