Alan Rickman, 1946-2016

Alan Rickman As Hans Gruber In Die HardAlan Rickman, brilliant actor of stage and screen, died today after a long battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

Actor Alan Rickman, known for films including Harry Potter, Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has died at the age of 69, his family has said. The star had been suffering from cancer.

He became one of Britain’s best-loved acting stars thanks to roles including Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling led the tributes, describing him as “a magnificent actor and a wonderful man”.

Rickman had more acclaimed performances, and larger box offices hits, but I will always remember him as Hans Gruber, the deliciously evil villain from Die Hard. In a film full of great actors and solid performances, Rickman bested them all.

First David Bowie – who also died from cancer and was also 69 years old – and now Alan Rickman. This has been one awful week.

Rest in peace, Mr. Rickman. Thank you for the endless entertainment.