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British Actor Alan Rickman, Known for Roles In ‘Harry Potter and ‘Die Hard’ Dies at 69

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The famous British actor Alan Rickman, known for playing Hans Gruber in ‘Die Hard’ and Professor Severus Snape in ‘Harry Potter’ dies at 69.

The cause of death was cancer according to a spokesman from the London-based Independent Talent Group. Rickman acted for about 40 years of his career. He played some very interesting characters in action, book and drama movies.

Born in London on Feb. 21, 1946 he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His early successes came on doing stage work such as Christopher Hampton’s “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”. Rickman gained a worldwide audience doing the classic movie “Die Hard”. Playing Gruber, one of the best villains in movie history took over a building in Los Angeles until Bruce Willis’ character John McClane stopped him.

Rickman did get more attention playing the character Professor Snape in the ‘Harry Potter’ series. At first viewers see his character as one of the bad guys going after Potter. But for those reading the books and looking at the eight films, they see him as one of the good guys just doing his job. Rickman in 2012 did an interview with the New York Times, describing the character itself.

“With the last film it was very cathartic because you were finally able to see who he was,” Mr. Rickman said according to the New York Times. “It was strange, in a way, to play stuff that was so emotional. A lot of the time you’re working in two dimensions, not three.”

Fans appreciate the hard work and commitment displayed in his past films. The writer J.K. Rowling, who wrote the Harry Potter books comments on Twitter about Rickman.

“My thoughts are with Rima and the rest of Alan’s family,” Ms. Rowling said on Thursday on Twitter according to the New York Times. “We have all lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts.”

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