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'Harry Potter' star Alan Rickman dies aged 69

Popular theater and film actor Alan Rickman has died of cancer in London. Rickman was known for his landmark roles as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies and as Bruce Willis' adversary in "Die Hard."

Alan Rickman died at his home in London, his agent said on Thursday. He was 69 years old and was reported to be suffering from cancer, British media said.

Rickman is remembered for his portrayal of villainous characters in several movies, including Bruce Willis' adversary in "Die Hard" and the sheriff of Nottingham in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," for which he won a British Academy Film Award (BAFTA) in 1991. Rickman also won a Golden Globe for best actor in a television series for the title role in "Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny."

His most recent portrayal of Professor Severus Snape from

the Harry Potter movie series

earned him thousands of fans across the world.

Alan Rickman alias Professor Snape Harry Potter Obit

As Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter

Although popular for his negative roles, Rickman played a wide variety of characters. He appeared as the romantic Colonel Brandon in "Sense and Sensibility" with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet and delighted audiences with his comic abilities in "Dogma" and "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." He was also known for his acting in "Truly, Madly, Deeply" and the romantic comedy, "Love, Actually."

Rickman was also a renowned stage actor and appeared in several plays, including "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" and Noel Coward's "Private Lives."

The veteran actor was born in February 1946 in Hammersmith, London. He began his acting career at the age of 26, when he received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), also in London, according to the

online movie database Imdb.

mg/jil (Reuters, AFP, dpa)

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