Alan Rickman, star of stage and ‘Harry Potter’ 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 (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 “Die Hard,” “Truly, Madly, Deeply,” “Love Actually” and the Potter films, in which he played the ambiguous Dark Arts teacher Severus Snape.

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