POLL: What Alan Rickman movie is your favourite?
ALAN Rickman, the celebrated British film and stage actor best known for roles in Harry Potter, Robin Hood and Die Hard, has died aged 69 after suffering from cancer.
Rickman passed away in London with his family by his side. His family said in a statement: "The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends."
Rickman was born in Acton, west London, in 1946. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began his career on stage after graduating, appearing in productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Known for his gravelly voice and dominating presence on screen, he also had memorable roles in films such as Love Actually and a Bafta award-winning turn as the Sheriff in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
His breakout role arrived in the form of the scheming Vicomte de Valmont in an acclaimed 1985 RSC production of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses", but he was not propelled to international fame until he landed the part of Bruce Willis' arch enemy Hans Gruber in Die Hard, aged 41.
What is your favourite movie featuring Alan Rickman?
This poll ended on 16 January 2016.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Sense and Sensibility
Harry Potter series
Truly, Madly, Deeply
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Rickman was honoured with a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for his leading role in 1995 film Rasputin.
Rickman appeared in all of the Harry Potter films as potions director Severus Snape, a villain who eventually redeems himself. JK Rowling said there were no words to describe her devastation at losing such a "magnificent and wonderful man".
Stephen Fry led an outpouring of tributes to Rickman from his friends, fellow actors and legion of fans. "What desperately sad news about Alan Rickman," he wrote on Twitter.
"A man of such talent, wicked charm and stunning screen and stage presence. He'll be sorely missed."
What desperately sad news about Alan Rickman. A man of such talent, wicked charm & stunning screen & stage presence. He'll be sorely missed— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 14, 2016
Harry Potter actor James Phelps, who played Fred Weasley, said Rickman was "One of the nicest actors I've ever met. Thoughts and prayers with his family at this time."
The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised Rickman as "one of the greatest actors of his generation". "My thoughts are with his family and friends," he wrote.
His death comes just days after the passing of iconic singer and artist David Bowie, who also died aged 69 from cancer. The comedian Eddie Izzard said he had lost another hero, writing: "I do not want my heroes to die! Alan Rickman is dead and he was another hero. Alan - thank you for being with us. We are sorry you had to go."
I do not want my heroes to die! Alan Rickman is dead & he was another hero. Alan - thank you for being with us. We are sorry you had to go— Eddie Izzard (@eddieizzard) January 14, 2016
He wed his partner of 50 years, economics lecturer and Labour councillor Rima Horton, in a quiet ceremony in 2012. He had no children.
Following his stint as Snape in the Harry Potter films, Rickman penned a goodbye letter to perhaps his iconic role, which was published by Empire Magazine.
As news of his death travelled around the world, so did the letter.
'I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for absolutely the last time.
On the screen were some flashback shots of Daniel, Emma, and Rupert from ten years ago.
They were 12. I have also recently returned from New York, and while I was there, I saw Daniel singing and dancing (brilliantly) on Broadway.
A lifetime seems to have passed in minutes.
Three children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.
It is an ancient need to be told in stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo.