'Harry Potter' actor Alan Rickman dies of cancer

Posted at 8:09 AM, Jan 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 10:17:06-05

Beloved British actor Alan Rickman died Thursday at age 69 following a battle with cancer.

Rickman's family and agent confirmed the death of the actor, best known for playing Professor Severus Snape in the "Harry Potter" movies and the villainous Hans Gruber in the original "Die Hard" film.

Rickman never received an Academy Award nomination but did win accolades for the 1996 television movie "Rasputin." His performance playing Grigori Rasputin earned Rickman a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV and an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special.


He also won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA, the British version of the Oscars, for playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in 1991's "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves."

Rickman's breakout role came in 1985 when he played the scheming Vicomte de Valmont in "Les Liaisons Dangereuses."

His other film roles included "Truly, Madly, Deeply," "Love Actually," "Dogma' and "Galaxy Quest."