British actor Alan Rickman has died at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. He is survived by his partner of 50 years, Rima Horton, whom he married recently.

His many film roles include: villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988); a deceased lover who consoles his bereaved partner in Truly Madly Deeply (1990); the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in (1991); and the wayward husband of Emma Thompson in romantic comedy Love Actually (2003). Younger fans know him from the Harry Potter films, in which he played the Dark Arts teacher Severus Snape.

In this gallery, IBTimes UK looks back at the life and career of the great British actor.

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1988: Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber in Die HardTwentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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1990: Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson in Truly Madly DeeplyBBC
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1991: Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of ThievesWarner Bros
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1995: Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon in Sense and SensibilityColumbia Pictures Corporation
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1996: Alan Rickman holds the Emmy Award he won for Lead Actor in for the miniseries RasputinReuters
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1999: Alan Rickman as Alexander Dane in Galaxy QuestDreamworks
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2000: The Queen meets Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman at the opening of the new premises of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in LondonReuters
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2001: Alan Rickman plays Severus Snape for the first time, in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneWarner Bros
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2003: Laura Linney, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson attend the premiere of Love Actually, in New YorkUniversal Pictures
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2004: (L-R) Director Alfonso Cuaron, producer David Heyman, actors Robbie Coltrane, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman, and producer Chris Columbus attend the preview of Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban at Radio City in New YorkAFP
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2006: Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman attend a photocall for Snow Cake at the 56th Berlin International Film FestivalGetty Images
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2007: Alan Rickman as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet StreetWarner Bros
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2009: (L-R) Freddie Stroma, Michael Gambon, Warwick Davis, Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton and Alan Rickman attend the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince premiere in New YorkGetty Images
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2010: Sir Christopher Lee and Alan Rickman attend the royal world premiere of Alice In Wonderland in LondonGetty Images
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2011: Alan Rickman waves as he arrives for the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in New YorkReuters
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2011: (L-R) Hamish Linklater, Theresa Rebeck, Alan Rickman, Sam Gold, Lily Rabe and Jerry O'Connell taken the curtain call at the opening night of Seminar at The Golden Theatre in New YorkGetty Images
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2014: The Queen meets Alan Rickman during the Dramatic Arts reception at Buckingham Palace in LondonGetty Images
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2015: Director and actor Alan Rickman poses with Kate Winslet and Helen McCrory at the UK premiere of A Little Chaos in LondonGetty Images
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29 July 2015: Alan Rickman and wife Rima Horton attend the Goodwood Festival in ChichesterGetty Images