Remembering Alan Rickman's Most Beloved Movie Roles

PHOTO: Alan Rickman, as Severus Snape, in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone." PlayGetty Images
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Fans all over the world are mourning the death of veteran actor Alan Rickman.

The "Harry Potter" and "Die Hard" actor died at the age of 69, his rep confirmed to ABC News.

One of film and theater's most admired actors, the British thespian was known for his range. With his signature nasal baritone, he could play warm and soothing in one role, and convey villainous menace in the next.

Rickman got his star in theater. His big break came playing the male lead, the Vicomte de Valmont, in the 1985 Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," first in London and then on Broadway. He received both Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominations for his performance.

On the big screen, he was best known for playing villain Hans Gruber in "Die Hard" and Severus Snape in the "Harry Potter" franchise. But Rickman starred in dozens of films throughout his career.

Here are some of his most beloved roles:

'Die Hard'

Rickman got his break on the big screen playing German terrorist Hans Gruber opposite Bruce Willis in 1988's "Die Hard." It earned him a spot on the American Film Institute's list of best villains in film history. But he later revealed that he almost turned down the role because he didn't think "Die Hard" was the kind of film he wanted to make.

'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'

The actor appeared as the villain again, this time in 1991's "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" opposite Kevin Costner. Rickman played Sheriff of Nottingham.

'Truly, Madly, Deeply'

That same year, Rickman showed off his versatility when he starred as the romantic lead opposite Juliet Stevenson, in Anthony Minghella's "Truly, Madly, Deeply. Rickman plays Jamie, a cellist who has died and appears throughout the film as a ghost.

'Sense and Sensibility'

Rickman played the romantic again in 1995's "Sense and Sensibility." As Colonel Brandon, he is rejected by Kate Winslet's Marianne until the very end, when he finally wins her over.

'Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny'

On the small screen, Rickman played Grigori Rasputin in the 1996 TV movie "Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny," winning a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

'The Winter Guest'

Rickman went behind the camera for his directorial debut, 1997's "The Winter Guest," starring his "Sense and Sensibility" co-star Emma Thompson and her mother Phyllida Law.

'Harry Potter'

Rickman's profile rose as the ambiguous Severus Snape, the potions master in the "Harry Potter" series. Starting in 2001, Rickman would appear in all eight films as Snape, a role he said in numerous interviews that he cherished as one of his favorites.

'Love Actually'

Rickman starred opposite Thompson again, this time as her foolhardy husband Harry, in the 2003 ensemble romantic comedy "Love Actually."

'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street'

As the evil Judge Turpin, Rickman starred alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's 2007 musical horror film, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."

'The Butler'

Rickman showed a softer side playing former President Ronald Reagan in 2013's "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

'A Little Chaos'

Rickman collaborated once again with Winslet, this time directing her in the 2014 period drama "A Little Chaos," in which he also played King Louis XIV.