British Actor Alan Rickman Has Died

Rickman was a BAFTA Award and Golden Globe winner.

Rickman was best known for playing villain Hans Gruber in "Die Hard" and Severus Snape in the "Harry Potter" franchise.

Rickman was one of both film and theater's most admired actors, known for his range and his signature nasal baritone, which could one moment be warm and soothing, and the next convey villainous menace.

No better was that on display than in the complex role of Professor Severus Snape, the film character for which he's best-known, and one he said in numerous interviews that he cherished as one of his favorites.