Legendary English actor Alan Rickman is no more. According to The Guardian, the actor died in London after battling cancer for a long time. His death was confirmed by his family on Thursday. He was 69.

Rickman was best known for his roles as Hans Gruber in "Die Hard", and Severus Snape in the "Harry Potter" film series.

Besides acting in movies, Rickman was also a prominent theatre artist. He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed both in modern and classical theatre productions.

His first major role was as the Vicomte de Valmont in the play "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" in 1985. He was nominated for a Tony Award for the role.

Some of his prominent roles were the Sheriff of Nottingham in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," PL O'Hara in "An Awefully Big Adventure", Jamie in "Truly, Madly, Deeply", Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee's 1995 movie "Sense and Sensibility," and Harry in "Love Actually".

Rickman had won a BAFTA Award, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, among numerous other accolades. 

Rickman once said: "Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world."