Alan Rickman, star of countless movies and stage productions, has died. He was 69. The Guardian reports that Rickman had cancer.
“The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69,” Rickman's family said in a statement to the BBC. “He was surrounded by family and friends.”
Rickman's most famous role at this point is probably Severus Snape in the eight “Harry Potter” films, but he also had memorable turns in “Die Hard,” “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” “Galaxy Quest,” and “Love, Actually.” He also wrote and directed “The Winter Guest” and “A Little Chaos.”
He is survived by his wife, Rima Horton.