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Actor and director Alan Rickman has passed away at age 69.
His family released a statement this morning: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”
Alan is well known in the film industry for bringing to life characters such as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham in Robinhood: Prince of Thieves, and even playing the voice of God in Dogma. He also appeared in Sense and Sensibility, Galaxy Quest, Sweeney Todd, and Love Actually.
Arguably the most prominent of all of his roles was Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series from 2001-2011.
Harry Potter fans, co-stars, and author J.K. Rowling herself are “shocked and devastated;” many of them sharing their mourning and memories on Twitter.
There are no words to express how shocked and devastated I am to hear of Alan Rickman’s death. He was a magnificent actor & a wonderful man.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 14, 2016
Terribly sad news about the passing of Alan Rickman. A funny and engaging person who put a shy young actor at ease when I was on HP. — Oliver Phelps (@OliverPhelps) January 14, 2016
In addition to life on the silver screen, Alan was also known for his time spent in theater. His stage work was widely recognized and he received the nomination for a Tony award in 1987 for his role as Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses in New York.
Alan was also in the director’s chair for both film and theater. His directorial debut was The Winter Guest in 1997 and he co-starred opposite Kate Winslet in his most recent production, A Little Chaos.
Alan is survived by his wife, Rima.
Alan will be greatly missed. Many fans are sharing artwork and image edits in tribute to Alan; a prominent theme across the Harry Potter fanbase is to “raise your wands.”
— kudrnãtej (@joohny_k) January 14, 2016