Alan Rickman, one of the best-loved and admired British actors of his generation, has died at the age of 69. His death was confirmed on Thursday by his family who said that he died “surrounded by family and friends”. Rickman had been suffering from cancer.
Rickman is best known for his roles in the Harry Potter franchise, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Die Hard.
Rickman was characterised by his deep voice and languid delivery. Famously, he didn’t star in his first film, Die Hard, until he was in his forties, when he starred as Hans Gruber, Bruce Willis’s, dastardly adversary in Die Hard – a part he was offered two days after arriving in Los Angeles, aged 41 – Rickman went on to have a wonderful career.