According to the family, Rickman died from cancer, writes The Guardian.
Rickman is perhaps best known for his role as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies.
He also played in the comedy "Love Actually" and played the villain's role in the first Die Hard movie in 1988.
Despite a long career on stage and on British television, his debut on the silver screen first came when he as a 41-year-old played against Bruce Willis in the Die Hard movie.
Rickman also played the Sheriff of Nottingham in "Robin Hood - Prince of thieves" from 1991. For this role he was awarded with the British equivalent to an Oscar - the Bafta.
He has also received a Golden Globe Award as Best Actor in 1997 for his role in Rasputin, and an Emmy for the same TV movie.
Alan Rickman was a versatile actor with over 30 years experience in both theater, film and television.
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