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Alan Rickman, Star of ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Die Hard,’ Passes Away


Veteran actor Alan Rickman, best remembered for his roles in the “Harry Potter” series and “Die Hard,” died this morning in London from cancer. He was 69. According to a statement from his family, Rickman “was surrounded by family and friends.”

Born in London in 1946, Rickman began his career on the stage, earning his big break in 1985 with his Tony Award-nominated performance in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” However, it was his turn as Hans Gruber in the 1988 blockbuster “Die Hard” that brought him to worldwide attention.

Although frequently a leading man, Rickman embraced such memorable villainous roles as the Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” and Judge Turpin in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

Rickman also dabbled in the unexpected, lending his voice to an episodes of the animated “King of the Hill” and “Back to the Barnyard” and to “Alice in Wonderland,” and spoofing Shakespearean-trained actors in the 1999 sci-fi comedy “Galaxy Quest.”

But, of course, for a generation of movie-goers, he’ll always be Hogwarts instructor Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” movies.

There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death,” “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling wrote on Twitter. “He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man. My thoughts are with Rima and the rest of Alan’s family. We have all lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts.”


  • HumorPrint

    Very talented actor, R.I.P. good sir.

  • MegaGearMax


    RIP Mr. Rickman.

  • Sad Fan 2016

    No! Not another English actor/entertainer I like. Not at 69 again. Not by bloody cancer again! Darn it to high heck!!!!!

  • Spag_Hoops

    Seriously f…. cancer, first Bowie now Alan Rickman (and all the people in our own lives we’ve lost). By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Warvan, we shall be avenged!

  • shahriar

    Rest in peace, sir.

  • demoncat_4

    hollywood has lost another talent man. sympathy to his friends and family for the loss of a unique talent. rip good sir . and sadly the evil that is cancer claims another

  • ThulaLani


    So tragic and unexpected. People will always think of him as Snape but I will always remember him as the Sheriff of Nottingham, the first role I ever saw him play.

    RIP, Mr Rickman.

  • Misscar

    I said the same thing to myself when I heard the news. In November, I lost my uncle to complications of cancer and in December, I lost my brother-in-law, who I’ve known since I was four. It just makes me really sad for his family and friends. I really really hate cancer.

  • Scott Atwood

    a very talented actor is gone, R.I.P. Alan Rickman


    I don’t want to be all anal at this time of sorrow and grief,but the timeline
    indicated in the picture accompanying this article would put his exact age at the time of his passing at 70,NOT 69,as many articles have said.

    Again, I extend my sympathies to the Rickman family and to all the ‘Harry Potter
    Die Hards’ on the planet Earth. I just feel the need to be precise about these type of details.

    I open the floor to any and all responses………….

  • Andy E. Nystrom

    69 is correct; you have to factor in month and day. He was actually very close to 70, his birthday being Feb 21.

    Regardless, a brilliant actor and the movie industry is much poorer for his loss.