Acclaimed British actor Alan Rickman, known for his roles in Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and the Harry Potter franchise, has passed away at the age of 69.
BBC News reports that Rickman had been battling cancer, and that he passed away “surrounded by family and friends.” He is survived by his wife, Rima Horton, whom he met in 1965 and married in 2012.
Rickman was well-known for his onscreen portrayal of villainous characters, rising to fame as terrorist Hans Gruber in Die Hard, and starring opposite Kevin Costner as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. But he never shied away from other opportunities, taking on comedic roles in Galaxy Quest and Dogma, as well as gentler roles in Sense and Sensibility and Love Actually.
Of course, Rickman is probably most recognizable for his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films. But he was also an exalted stage performer as well, winning a Tony Award in 1986 for his role as Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and frequently performing in London and on Broadway throughout his illustrious career.
Rickman’s final cinematic performances will be seen later this year, in the Disney sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass, as well as the well-received thriller Eye in the Sky, which garnered exceptional reviews at the Toronto Film Festival.
Farewell, Mr. Rickman. We’ll miss you.