It’s with a heavy heart to report that beloved British actor Alan Rickman died earlier this morning, the Guardian confirmed. Rickman was battling cancer for some time. He was 69. The actor had a long and successful career. He rose to fame after playing Gruber, the villain from “Die Hard” in 1988 and then went on to roles such as Colonel Brandon in “Sense and Sensibility,” which also starred Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet.

Other roles included “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Galaxy Quest,” and the holiday favorite, “Love Actually.” And of course, let’s not forget one his most famous roles as Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” series. Rickman always had a fantastic screen presence and there isn’t anyone out there who can say that they haven’t seen at least a few of his films. His voice and mannerisms were distinct, that even without watching the screen, you knew it was him.

Rickman was most recently seen in “A Little Chaos” along with Kate Winslet, a film he also directed. He is survived by his wife, Rima Horton.

 

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