Friday, January 15, 2016

'Harry Potter' star Alan Rickman dies at 69

British icon of stage and screen Alan Rickman has died. He was 69. The actor’s reps confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the actor passed away on Thursday.
'Harry Potter' star Alan Rickman dies at 69
Alan Rickman.
“The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends,” his family said in a statement.
Rickman, who rose to fame in Hollywood as baddie Hans Gruber in the first Die Hard film, was much admired on both sides of the Atlantic, later adding to his list of beloved on-screen antagonists when he played the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Price of Thieves, for which he won a BAFTA, and finding a new generation of fans as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series.

Other hugely memorable roles along the way would include playing Metatron — the voice of God — in Kevin Smith’s Dogma, a deceased lover in Anthony Minghella’s Truly Madly Deeply, and Col Brandon alongside frequent collaborator Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility.

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