Alan Rickman, beloved actor from Harry Potter franchise, dies

January 14, 2016 1:21 PM

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Alan Rickman, the British actor best known in Hollywood for playing dastardly heavies like Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, has died. His representative in London confirmed a Guardian report that the 69-year-old actor had lost his battle with cancer.

The classically trained actor came to New York with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1987; he was nominated for a Tony for his role as Vicomte de Valmont. Though John Malkovich got the role when the film was made in 1988, Rickman quickly found a place in Holl...

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