Alan Rickman, the British actor best known for his roles in Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and the Harry Potter films, has died in London aged 69.
His death was confirmed on Thursday by his family, according to The Guardian, which reported that Rickman had been suffering from cancer.
Rickman began his acting career in theatre, where his credits include a Tony nomination for his performance in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
His feature film debut came in 1988 alongside Bruce Willis in Die Hard, playing scene-stealing villain Hans Gruber. Rickman went on to appear in more than 40 films, including the entire Harry Potter series, Sweeney Todd and Love Actually.
Rickman was awarded a BAFTA in 1992 for his role as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. In the same year, he was also BAFTA-nominated for his lead role in