Alan Rickman, Harry Potter and Die Hard actor, dies aged 69

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 at 8:19 am

Actor Alan Rickman, known for films including Harry Potter, Die Hard, Truly Madly Deeply and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has died at the age of 69.

The star was suffering from cancer, his family said.

He became one of Britain’s best-loved acting stars thanks to roles including Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

He also won a Bafta Award for playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

A family statement said: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”

He was best known for playing screen villains – also including the role of Judge Turpin opposite Johnny Depp in 2007’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

But he showed his gentler side in films like 1990’s Truly Madly Deeply, 1995’s Sense and Sensibility and Love Actually in 2003.

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3 Responses to “Alan Rickman, Harry Potter and Die Hard actor, dies aged 69”

  1. Darwin Akbar on 14/14/16 at 11:29 am

    As Hans Gruber in “Die Hard,” Alan Rickman set a new standard for on-screen villainy, matched only by Anthony Hopkins (as Hannibal Lechter) and Billy Bob Thornton (as Lorne Malvo in the first season of the FX series “Fargo”). His turn as Judge Turpin in “Sweeney Todd” was also terrifyingly brilliant. It may be a long time before we see his like again. RIP.

  2. Hank_Scorpio on 14/14/16 at 1:45 pm

    A huge loss, no matter the movie or the role, he stole every scene he was in.


  3. Christopher Davis on 14/14/16 at 2:22 pm

    The BBC article forgot to include that he directed and edited the play “My Name Is Rachel Corrie,” the Palestinian propaganda vehicle that slandered the Israeli people. Since I am too old for Harry Potter and have been boycotted movies for more than a decade, this is his only legacy as far as I’m concerned.