Veteran actor Alan Rickman has died of cancer at the age of 69, Rickman’s family said Thursday that the actor had died after a battle with cancer, The Guardian reports.
Rickman, whose career ranged from Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company to the “Harry Potter” films, in which he played the ambiguous Dark Arts teacher Severus Snape. Rickman’s breakout role came as the scheming Vicomte de Valmont in an acclaimed 1985 RSC production of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” Other film roles included “Truly, Madly, Deeply,” ”Love Actually,” “Die Hard,” Among others.
A statement from his family said: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends,” the BBC reported.