Report: British actor Alan Rickman dies at 69

Director/actor Alan Rickman seen at the premiere of "A Little Chaos" at Roy Thomson Hall during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

LONDON (WISH) — Alan Rickman, the beloved British actor famous for his roles in “Harry Potter” and “Love Actually,” has died. He was 69 years old.

BBC and The Guardian first reported Rickman’s death Thursday morning. His death was confirmed by his family. The actor had been suffering from cancer.

Rickman’s film credits began in 1978 when he appeared in a TV film production of “Romeo & Juliet” as Tybalt. In 1988, he played the role of Hans Gruber in the blockbuster smash “Die Hard” alongside Bruce Willis.

The actor took home a Golden Globe in 1997 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV. The award was for his work in the 1996 biopic “Rasputin.”

Photo Gallery: Looking back on Alan Rickman’s life

Rickman become popular with a new generation of moviegoers in 2001 when he brought the role of Severus Snape to life in the “Harry Potter” films. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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