Alan Rickman

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in modern and classical theatre productions, his first big television role came in 1982, when he played the Vicomte de Valmont in the RSC stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, after the production transferred to Broadway in 1987 he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman's first cinematic role was as the German terrorist leader Hans Gruber in Die Hard, he appeared as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, for which he received the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. L. O'Hara in An Awfully Big Adventure. Rickman made his television acting debut playing Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet as part of the BBC’s Shakespeare series, he starred in television films, playing the title character in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny, which won him a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, Dr. Alfred Blalock in the Emmy-winning Something the Lord Made.

Rickman died of pancreatic cancer on 14 January 2016 at age 69. His final film roles were as Lieutenant General Frank Benson in the thriller Eye in the Sky, the voice of Absolem, the caterpillar in Alice Through the Looking Glass. Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was born into a working class family in Hammersmith, London, on 21 February 1946, he was the son of a Welsh mother, Margaret Doreen Rose, a housewife, Bernard William Rickman, a factory worker, house painter and decorator, former World War II aircraft fitter. Rickman was of Welsh descent, his father was Catholic and his mother was a Methodist. Rickman had two brothers and Michael, a sister, Sheila; when Rickman was eight years old, his father died of lung cancer, leaving his mother to raise him and his three siblings alone. According to Paton, the family was "rehoused by the council and moved to an Acton estate to the west of Wormwood Scrubs Prison, where his mother struggled to bring up four children on her own by working for the Post Office."

She divorced Rickman's stepfather after three years. Before Rickman met Rima Horton at age 19, he stated that his first crush was at 10 years old on a girl named Amanda at his school's sports day; as a child, he excelled at watercolour painting. Rickman attended Derwentwater Primary School in Acton, Latymer Upper School in London through the Direct Grant system, where he became involved in drama. After leaving Latymer with science A Levels, he attended Chelsea College of Art and Design from 1965 to 1968 and the Royal College of Art from 1968 to 1970, his training allowed him to work as a graphic designer for the Royal College of Art's in-house magazine, ARK, the Notting Hill Herald, which he considered a more stable occupation than acting. After graduation and several friends opened a graphic design studio called Graphiti, but after three years of successful business, he decided that he was going to pursue acting professionally, he wrote to request an audition with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, which he attended from 1972 until 1974.

While there, he supported himself by working as a dresser for Sir Nigel Hawthorne and Sir Ralph Richardson. After graduating from RADA, Rickman worked extensively with British repertory and experimental theatre groups in productions including Chekhov's The Seagull and Snoo Wilson's The Grass Widow at the Royal Court Theatre, appeared three times at the Edinburgh International Festival. In 1978, he performed with the Court Drama Group, gaining roles in Romeo and Juliet and A View from the Bridge, among other plays. While working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, he was cast in, he appeared in The Barchester Chronicles, the BBC's adaptation of Trollope's first two Barchester novels, as the Reverend Obadiah Slope. Rickman was given the male lead, the Vicomte de Valmont, in the 1985 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Christopher Hampton's adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, directed by Howard Davies. After the RSC production transferred to Broadway in 1987, Rickman received both a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award nomination for his performance.

Rickman played a wide range of roles. He played romantic leads including Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility and Jamie in Truly, Deeply. Rickman's role as Hans Gruber in Die Hard earned him a spot on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains list as the 46th best villain in film history, though he revealed he did not take the role as he did not think Die Hard was the kind of film he wanted


Hælos are a British trip hop band from London. Hælos's first single, "Dust" was released in 2014, the group followed in 2015 with the singles "Pray" and "Earth Not Above". After signing to Matador Records in 2015, they released the Earth Not Above EP, followed in early 2016 with a full-length entitled Full Circle. Full Circle reached number 5 on the US Billboard electronic charts and number 20 on the Heatseekers chart, their music has been described as "dark euphoria". In January 2019, alongside the release of Kyoto, the band announced their second album, titled Any Random Kindness, would be released on 10 May the same year. Full Circle Any Random Kindness Earth Not Above "Dust", 2014 "Pray", 2015 "Earth Not Above", 2015 "Buried in the Sand", 2018 "Kyoto", 2019 "Boy / Girl", 2019 "End of World Party", 2019 Official website

Tony Cloninger

Tony Lee Cloninger was an American baseball player who played in Major League Baseball as a starting pitcher for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, the Cincinnati Reds, the St. Louis Cardinals, he threw right-handed. A power pitcher, Cloninger compiled a career 113–97 record with 1,120 strikeouts and a 4.07 ERA in 1,767​2⁄3 innings pitched. He enjoyed his best year for the 1965 Braves, with career highs in wins, strikeouts, ERA, complete games and games started. Regarded as a tough fireball pitcher, Cloninger was a dangerous power hitter, he compiled a career batting average of.192, with 67 RBIs and 11 home runs, including five in the 1966 season. On July 3, 1966, in the Braves' 17–3 win over the Giants at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Cloninger helped his team's cause with two grand slams and nine RBIs. Cloninger became the first player in the National League, the only pitcher to date, to hit two grand slams in the same game. Cloninger used a bat of teammate Denis Menke to hit both of these big home runs.

Cloninger finished his career pitching with St. Louis. After retiring, Cloninger served as a bullpen coach for the New York Yankees, where he was a member of five American League champions and four World Series champion teams, pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox, he was forced to step down from the latter post when he underwent successful treatment for bladder cancer, diagnosed in spring training. In 2004, Cloninger became a player development consultant for the Red Sox, serving for 15 consecutive seasons until his death. Cloninger died on July 24, 2018, in Denver, North Carolina at the age of 77. List of Major League Baseball career wins leaders List of Major League Baseball single-game grand slam leaders Baseball record holders Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference