Alan Rickman, star of stage and "Harry Potter" franchise, dies at 69

He beloved for playing Hogwarts prof. Severus Snape and "Die Hard" villain Hans Gruber, among other roles

Published January 14, 2016 1:15PM (EST)

  (Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)
(Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)

LONDON (AP) — British actor Alan Rickman, whose career ranged from Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company to the "Harry Potter" films, has died. He was 69.

Rickman's family said Thursday that the actor had died after a battle with cancer.

His breakout role was as the scheming Vicomte de Valmont in an acclaimed 1985 RSC production of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses."

Film roles included "Truly, Madly, Deeply," ''Love Actually" and the Potter films, in which he played the ambiguous Dark Arts teacher Severus Snape.

By The Associated Press

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