Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was born on February 21, 1946, in Hammersmith, London, England, and has English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. He attended the Royal College of Art; he wanted to be a graphic artist. At age 26, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where he spent three years
Gene Hackman — I love this man. When he was 13, out on the street playing ball with a friend, his dad drove by, gave a casual wave, and thus left the family for good. He saw his father again but still gets choked up, recalling that wave. "It's only been 65 years," he joked. "Makes you a better actor."