Alan Rickman, star of stage and ‘Harry Potter’ dies at 69

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 17, 2015 file photo, actor Alan Rickman attends the premiere of "A Little Chaos" at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York. 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, Jan. 14, 2016 that the actor had died after a battle with cancer. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

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.

 

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