Hollywood has lost one terrific actor. British actor Alan Rickman, who played fan favorite Snape in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies, has died at the age of 69 after suffering from cancer.
Legendary actor Alan Rickman is dead. The British acting icon, best known for his role as Snape in the Harry Potter movies, has died at 69 after battling cancer. Alan was a superstar in movies and on the stage, and his illustrious career spanned decades. He will be so missed.
Alan’s death was confirmed by his family on Jan. 14, according to The Guardian. “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends,” a statement from the family said.
Alan, who played Professor Snape in all eight of the Harry Potter movies, first made headlines on the big screen when he starred as the evil Hans Gruber in 1988’s Die Hard. He was notorious for playing villains in movies, including Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Rasputin, but we loved him all the same. He won a Golden Globe in 1997 for his role as Rasputin in the HBO movie. Here are some lesser known facts about Alan.
He starred as the beloved Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, alongside Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. He reunited with Emma on screen many times over the course of their careers, including 2003’s Love Actually. He recently starred with Kate in the 2014 film A Little Chaos. He was also the film’s director.
He was most widely recognized as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, based on J.K. Rowling’s best-selling novels. The enigmatic Snape was often an adversary to Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter, but he ultimately proved to be an ally.
Alan was also a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his role as Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liasions Dangereuses in 1985. His last screen role will be as the Blue Caterpillar in Alice Through The Looking Glass, which will be released in May 2016.
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